Let’s Make Money

et’s Make Money is not about how to make money. This film traces money as it goes through the global finance system — exposing policies and practices affecting the worldwide economy. This film is about the billions, trillions of dollars that go to selfish human greed and not to basic human need. This shows the global marketplace from all perspectives: wealthy investors, business owners, bankers, laborers, activists, government officials, impoverished people — from all around the world. A very good film that subtly presents the various sides of the process by which wealth is being created and then concentrated in the grasp of a small group. The World Bank and IMF are going from nation to poor nation, using up all its natural resources, and then moving on to the next vulnerable nation to rape its resources — gold, diamonds, cotton, coffee, or minerals of all kinds. The profiteers rake in the cash and move on, leaving a trail of pollution and poverty in their wake. The air and water are dumping grounds for these outfits. The poor governments, trying to compete, impose no environmental or employee protection regulations. Greed and corruption result in all this grief and devastation, and will leave us with a planet damaged by their ruthlessness. The wealthy vultures in the film seem completely unaware of how greedy they are. They speak about avoiding unions and getting the workers to accept as little as possible — a new form of modern slavery. The living conditions of the people inside the country they are destroying are of no interest or concern to these voracious plunderers. They don’t want to be bothered with any kind of sad stories about the plight of the people. In the exploited countries, those workers benefit nothing from their countries’ resources. Instead the richest one percent, using the World Bank and IMF, make entire countries literally debt slaves through finance mechanisms, and plunder natural resources. Almost nothing comes back to those countries to improve the lives of their citizens. If only all of us who live the good life could understand and realize where much of the money comes from – and what the companies and/or governments do to provide these cheap materials, food, etc. In this film we hear about US economic hitmen from the very perpetrators themselves of what amounts to and is not overstated to call “crimes against humanity”, so it’s all the more compelling if not outright shocking. In the words of one famous cinematic witch, “What a world, what a world”. What a world it is where capital and a small percentage of elites without conscience have run completely amok.  I was shocked to find out about the huge Spanish “housing bubble” that burst in 2008.  This doc does an outstanding job showing us the dire global consequences of capital without controls. When will the little people wake up? Well, little people like ourselves have NO clue about what’s going on with the global economy, because it seems that those who have the money continue to make globs of it, at our expense. These marauders should be put in prison and never get out for what they are doing to the poor people in those vulnerable countries. The filmmaker Erwin Wagenhofer finds people unafraid to say exactly how it is. But he also does something else. Unlike other documentarians who bombard the viewer with endless streams of data and information, this director creates tactful breaks the presentation to let the information sink into the viewer’s mind.  The documentary is done in such a way as to not preach but instead to lay out the horrors of poverty and the blatant greed of callous investment bankers without requiring many words of explanation. Western civilization got where it is today and Britain gained such economic might in the 19th century through colonization and plundering. America would not have become such a great power without the extermination of the natives and then importing slavery. The economic model and the institutions of the west are built on the wealth generated by such exploitation. This documentary only tries to tell the current generations of Americans and Europeans that descendants of Christopher Columbus and Spanish Conquistadors are still alive and doing very well. They no longer go out with armies, slave ships or East India trading companies, as in the past. Instead they do it through free-market principles, World Bank, IMF, GATT, FX markets and intellectual property regime. The poorest of the poor in the west would not want to switch places with the poor in third world ’emerging markets’. Instead they would ask their leaders to carry the torch of colonialism from the past century forward (in the form of neo-colonialism using capitalism, business globalization, and cultural imperialism to influence a country, instead of either direct military control or indirect political control). Westerners love to give a charity check or have complex immigration laws and be ready with trade sanctions. But in the end westerners knows the system works very well — passed on for the last 500 years — of where and how ‘money can be made’. No one is telling the truth to Indians and Africans — nor willing to return their lands and money. Of all the documentaries on capitalism and economics I’ve seen in the aftermath of the 2008 Great Recession, this has had the most impact on me. Great documentary! Probably the most “cinematic” doc I’ve seen — beautiful. Especially the storytelling makes this documentary exceptional, telling its stories in a very dry and objective manner, and moving away from the popular sensational journalism of Michael Moore. This is the most important movie I’ve watched in the last five years. Six Stars. For documentaries about the times that we live in, this one is well above the rest in a class of its own. It will leave you aware of the global scale of the financial catastrophe of 2008, how wide and deep it has been. This film is worth a re-watch — didn’t take it out of my queue. Mandatory viewing. Documentary 2008 NR 1hr 47m.

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