Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?
Length: 90 minutes
Join us for limited screenings of HEIST on September 12th and 13th at 7pm each night, with discussion to follow each screening. Thanks to the sponsoring organizations of this special film event: Washington Public Campaigns, Move to Amend, Move On, Fuse Washington , and The Pierce Progressive.
HEIST: Who Stole the American Dream? is stunning audiences across the globe, as it exposes the events behind the worldwide economic collapse, tracing its origins to a 1971 memo entitled "Attack on American Free Enterprise System". Written over 40 years ago by the future Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell, at the behest of the US Chamber of Commerce, the 6-page memo, a free-market utopian treatise, called for a money fueled big-business makeover of American government, media and education and destruction of organized labor and consumer protection groups. Sound familiar? Today's major issues and heart stopping headlines can be directly traced to Powell’s real “end game” which was business control of law and politics. Powell’s fingerprints are all over Citizens United, the fateful 2010 Supreme Court decision which gave corporations and the super rich unlimited ability to shape our elections with virtually unrestricted donations. HEIST’s step by step detail exposes the systemic implementation of Powell’s memo by BOTH major U.S. political parties over the last forty years culminating in the deregulation of industry, exporting of our jobs and low or zero taxation on the rich and corporations. All of which led us to the global financial crisis of 2008 and the continued impoverishment of the American middle class. No other film goes as deeply as HEIST in explaining how we got here, and HOW to get out of this severe crisis. Moving beyond the white noise of today’s polarizing media, HEIST provides viewers of all persuasions with a clear, concise and fact-based explanation of how we got into this mess, and what we need to do to restore a true representative democracy, of, by, and for, the People.
[It] has the virtue of taking the long view of a crisis that recent films like "Inside Job" and "Too Big to Fail" have only sketchily explored. It makes a strong case that government regulation of business is essential for democracy to flourish. -- Stephen Holden, New York Times