Money, Power and the American Dream

Hello!

I hope all is well with you. 

Today I want to share another documentary that I feel is more than worth the watch. 

You can view it on YouTube or Netflix and at the website at the bottom of this page.

I signed up for Netflix at $7.99 a month (first month free) because we are home a lot, we both have iPads and that is pretty much our entertainment these days.

Its way cheaper than renting movies OnDemand. I am watching some really great stuff!

Like this:

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Park Avenue:  Money, Power and the American Dream

You can watch this for free here on YouTube!  Or you can watch it on Netflix.

This doc starts out with an interesting little study as two people play Monopoly.  One is giving advantages with property and  lots of money, the other not so much.  One is given two dice to roll, the poor player is given only one.  Watch as the one with all the privileged soon becomes very self-centered with a air of entitlement and superiority as he tramples the poor player with no regard at all.

I have to tell you, this documentary will make you think.

This goes on to talk about Atlas Shrugged, the book written by Ayn Rand.  You can read about her here.

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Atlas Shrugged is a science fiction novel.

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Oddly enough, it appears that this work of fiction has influenced current politicians with tendencies to money, power and greed.   Its weird. 

How does a novel have so much power over people?

Like Catcher in the Rye.  I watched a documentary on J.D. Salinger not long ago and his book has been named as the reason for more than one murder, including John Lennon’s.  Weird!!! 

Didn’t my daughter just read that a few months ago for her English Class? 

I am so confused.

www.topdocumentaryfilms.com writes:

“In America, the rich are getting richer. Isn’t that great? Doesn’t that mean there’s lots more wealth to go round? Or is it good news for the rich but very bad news for the poor?

740 Park Avenue, Manhattan, is one of the most exclusive addresses in the world, home to some of the richest Americans, the 1% of the 1%. Ten minutes to the north, across the Harlem River, is the other Park Avenue, in the South Bronx. Here, unemployment runs at 19% and half the population need food stamps.

The American Dream of equal opportunities and hard work says you can be born in the Bronx and end up at 740. But is that dream still true? The film argues the super-rich haven’t just bought the exclusive addresses – they’ve bought the whole system and they’re running it for themselves.”

You can also watch this for free there!

You can read the New York Times review of this movie here.   Please do!  It is such a good review.  It tells you all about the movie with quotes as well.  At least read that!

I hope you watch this movie, no matter which way you lean politically. 

Have a great day!

xoxoxoxox

DebtGirl

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8 thoughts on “Money, Power and the American Dream

  1. I saw it, it felt more like a liberal advertisement, crying the income inequality bs. Sure those people have way too much money but they focused only on the ultra rich and ultra poor… what about families that make 150,000 to 250,00 per year? That’s the current middle class, that’s who the liberals want to target to pay more and give up more…

    HS

    • Hi HS, I can see how it looks that way. It def. has a left lean, but do check out the NY times, I think it is pretty right leaning, with some good quotes. Thanks for popping by!

    • Stumbled on this blog and comment.

      150,000-250,000 is NOT the middle class. Check US Census figures or just Google “median or average income USA”.

      Average household income is under 75k, less than half of your lowest figure; median household income is under 60k, or just over a third of your lowest figure. That median figure indicates that HALF of all US households have an income UNDER $60,000. Fewer than 20% have incomes of 100,000 or more;

      • Hi K! Thanks for popping by. Since the date of this post things have gotten worse! It breaks my heart what is happening here.

        There is no way our kids will be able to do better than our generation if things keep going up! Specificcally medicare and college tuition.

        And we are not even doing that much better then our parents really!

        Its HORRIBLE!!!!

        Xoxo

  2. Thanks for the referral; I’ll be checking it out soon. I think it’s easy to shrug off the situation of the poor if you’ve never been there. I remember when people had full-time jobs with benefits (here in Canada); then the shift to part-time work with no benefits. So now people are working two and three jobs just to stay even; never mind get ahead. Sounds easy; working two jobs. But the peak times tend to be the same (in retail, for instance) and the employers usually won’t work together to make it easier for the workers. Then factor in transportation, usually by bus, and it becomes hard to have any sort of a life for yourself. So why are you working, again? We need new systems; everyone deserves a home, a place where they can grow at least some of their own food, and time for family friends and for themselves, too. ~ Linne

    • Thank you Linne, I believe we are on the same page. It is a sad state of affairs. Hopefully there will be some positive changes, but it is hard to feel it will happen! But we must keep our chins up and do our best! xoxoxox

  3. Oddly enough, it appears that this work of fiction has influenced current politicians with tendencies to money, power and greed. Its weird.

    Well, not really. One of the main themes of Atlas Shrugged is how politicians will cloak themselves in rhetoric of “serving the people” while enacting legislation that benefits them and their crony pals. “Greed” was meant not in the sense that people think – i.e. taking anyone’s money by any means necessary – but not being ashamed of earning money by producing goods or services that people want.

    Rand was heavily influenced by Les Miserables, and specifically Jean Valjean’s character, who made his fortune by creating an inexpensive, durable snap. The factory in Monmatre (was that the town?) was very prosperous; people came from all over to seek good wages and good working conditions. When Valjean was forced to leave because Javert was on his tail, the factory fell into bad hands and the prosperity of the town was no more. Rand basically did a very dystopian, government-heavy twist on that, wherein her villains conspired with the government to shut down the prosperous, good factories.

    Anyway, enough literary analysis.

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