Requiem for the American Dream: Noam Chomsky on the 10 Principles That Have Led to Unprecedented Inequality in the US

Note: This film only streams free in the Unit­ed States.

Writes IMDB, in this 2015 doc­u­men­tary, “Renowned aca­d­e­m­ic and author Noam Chom­sky elu­ci­dates 10 prin­ci­ples of con­cen­tra­tion of wealth and pow­er that have led to unprece­dent­ed inequal­i­ty and the hol­low­ing out of the Amer­i­can mid­dle class.”

REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM is the defin­i­tive dis­course with Noam Chom­sky, wide­ly regard­ed as the most impor­tant intel­lec­tu­al alive, on the defin­ing char­ac­ter­is­tic of our time — the delib­er­ate con­cen­tra­tion of wealth and pow­er in the hands of a select few. Through inter­views filmed over four years, Chom­sky unpacks the prin­ci­ples that have brought us to the cross­roads of his­tor­i­cal­ly unprece­dent­ed inequal­i­ty — trac­ing a half-cen­tu­ry of poli­cies designed to favor the most wealthy at the expense of the major­i­ty — while also look­ing back on his own life of activism and polit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion. Pro­found­ly per­son­al and thought pro­vok­ing, Chom­sky pro­vides pen­e­trat­ing insight into what may well be the last­ing lega­cy of our time — the death of the mid­dle class and swan song of func­tion­ing democ­ra­cy. A potent reminder that pow­er ulti­mate­ly rests in the hands of the gov­erned, REQUIEM is required view­ing for all who main­tain hope in a shared stake in the future.

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