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Requiem for the American Dream

Noam Chomsky began his career as a cognitive science (he essentially shifted the tide from behaviorism to cognitivism in psychology) and has been one of the most intelligent critics of our form of democracy (his book Deterring Democracy is brilliant). He brings much of his thinking together in this film that shows the role that corporations and wealth play in driving the American form of democracy (and how it has pretty much always been that way). Chomksy describes this through his 10 principles of concentration of wealth and power. In his discussion, he provides convincing evidence of how the government has tolerated (or, in some cases not) democracy only to the extent that it allows the wealthy to continue to be in power. Big thumbs up from me for a movie that is provocative in its ideas and provides a good sense of the way Chomsky’s mind works.

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