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Inside Job

Pirms laika es noskatījos dokumentālo filmu Inside Job (2010) par tēmu, kas filmā tiek saukta par 2008. gada finansiālo krīzi, un es iesaku šo filmu noskatīties arī citiem, jo tā ir labi uztaisīta. Svētdien Inside Job saņēma arī Oskara balvu, un tas ir lieks iemesls veltīt tai laiku. Filmā ir interesantas intervijas gan ar “labajiem”, gan pāris “sliktajiem”, kas cenšas izlocīties. Manu uzmanību īpaši piesaistīja interešu konflikts akadēmisko ekonomistu vidū, jo tas šķita tik uzkrītošs. Galvenā filmas kritika ir vērsta pret neregulētu kapitālismu, un skatītājs tiek aicināts domāt, ka pareizi izveidoti un ieviesti likumi būtu varējuši krīzi novērst. Ekonomika mani ikdienā īpaši neinteresē, bet varbūt tagad es par to interesēšos vairāk, jo es labāk zināšu, ko meklēt. Iepriekš par ekonomikas tēmu es esmu lasījis tikai Frīdrika Hajeka grāmatu “The Road to Serfdom“, kas kritizē komandekonomiku, un man tā grāmata patika, tāpēc man būtu interesanti saprast, vai es “The Road to Serfdom” ietekmē neesmu bijis tāda veida kapitālisma piekritējs, kas Inside Job autoru skatījumā noveda pie mūsdienu finansiālās krīzes.

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№ 1 Maarcis 2011.03.01 @ 22:49

Vai tev neliekas mazliet savādi, ka Holivuda atmasko Volstrītu? Pats skatījos šo filmu pirms trim mēnešiem un te ir viens garš, bet, manuprāt, labs komentārs (daži interesanti fakti) par to:

Talking about “Inside Job”…

My curiosity was piqued when a friend told me of the upcoming Wall Street documentary exposé ‘Inside Job’. It’s got some pretty good reviews, and perhaps it will pack enough punch to educate the general public about the theft of taxpayer money that constituted the euphemistically termed ‘bailout’. Online reviews have praised the film, “A wake-up call of macroeconomic proportions”, “Economics explained beautifully” — certainly sounds worth a watch.

Admittedly though, you have to be quite naive to think that a genuine expose of Wall Street could even see the light of day in Hollywood, considering the corporate nature of media ownership. After a short Internet search, things begin to fall into place.

‘Inside Job’ is directed by Charles H. Ferguson. His past works include a film called ‘No End in Sight — The American Occupation of Iraq’ — a piece critical of the Bush administration’s management of the war in Iraq. So far, so good. Sort of.

The alarming thing about Ferguson is his lifelong membership of the Council on Foreign Relations. See CFR’s private membership roster (http://www.cfr.org/about/membership/roster.html?letter=F) and Ferguson’s Wikipedia page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_H.­_Ferguson).

CFR is a think tank which, in a nutshell, exists to shape the US international agenda in favour of its corporate members. CFR’s corporate roster is here (http://www.cfr.org/about/corporate/rost­er.html), and it makes for some startling reading.

The founding member corporations of CFR are as follows:

Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Chevron Corporation
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
Hess Corporation
McKinsey & Company, Inc.
The Nasdaq OMX Group

(I’ve added the emphases for obvious reasons).

How can a ‘lifelong member’ of this global banking and Big Oil corporate cabal make such an exposé? Well, Ferguson’s membership of CFR does not constitute a conflict of interest as one might surmise. Instead, it illustrates his real motives; his film is not an exposé, it is a distraction.

The focus of Ferguson’s 2007 piece, ‘No End in Sight — The American Occupation of Iraq’, is the US government’s post-invasion decision-making failures. Insufficient troop levels, looting in Baghdad, and corruption in the Iraqi government form the backbone of the film. Clearly, the film distracts audiences from what really matters: the decision to go to war in the first place, absent of evidence, and the relentless propaganda campaign from the media that aimed to legitimise the illegal war.

Let’s take a look at some of Ferguson’s other fellow CFR (corporate) members:

Boeing
DynCorp International
KBR
Raytheon Company
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Shell Oil Company
General Electric Company
JPMorgan Chase & Company
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
Morgan Stanley
Rockefeller Group International, Inc.
The Blackstone Group L.P.
Rothschild North America, Inc.

Many of these companies have profited to the tune of trillions of dollars from the destruction and reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan. Some even played integral parts in calling for the wars. Two of these corporations, DynCorp and KBR, are even in the ‘top ten’ list of companies (http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/In­vesting/CompanyFocus/WhosProfit ingFromTheIraqWar.aspx?page=2) profiting from the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq.

As with ‘No End In Sight’, ‘Inside Job’ will not reveal the truth or bring the real culprits to light. Ferguson’s agenda is clear; he is a mouthpiece for his corporate CFR bedfellows. This type of pseudo-exposé aims to distract audiences from the significant truths by focusing on secondary matters. The viewer will be led around by the nose like a blinkered horse, while Ferguson’s war criminal pals can continue bombing and looting to their black hearts’ content. Inside Job? I couldn’t think of a better name.

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CFR’s private membership includes neo-con warmongers such as: Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Elliott Abrams, Vin Weber, John R. Bolton, General Colin L. Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Robert Zoellick, General David H. Petraeus, Robert M. Gates, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Timothy F. Geithner, Paul Volcker, and Henry M. Paulson Jr.

№ 2 Vivus 2013.04.20 @ 20:21

Noskatījos treileri, ziņkāre ir jau parādījusies, filma jau arī atrasta, izskatās pēc must watch …

bet Mārča komentārs – ir par ko padomāt kā teikt

№ 3 Vivus 2013.04.20 @ 20:24

Noskatījos treileri, ziņkāre ir jau parādījusies, filma jau arī atrasta, izskatās pēc must watch …

bet Mārča komentārs – ir par ko padomāt kā teikt

№ 4 Hotel Razvan Bucuresti 2014.06.19 @ 6:15

Cazare Galati

I do agree with all the ideas you’ve offered to your post.
They are really convincing and will definitely work.
Still, the posts are too short for starters. Could you please lengthen them a bit from subsequent time?
Thank you for the post.

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