The 2012 New York Times Critics' Pick documentary, Heist: Who Stole The American Dream and How We Can Get It Back traces the worldwide economic collapse of 2008 back to it origins in a 1971 secret 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 government through corporate control of the media, academia, the pulpit, arts and sciences and destruction of organized labor and consumer protection groups.
But Powell’s real “end game” was business control of law and politics. HEIST’s step by step detail exposes the systemic implementation of Powell’s memo by both U.S. political parties, culminating in the deregulation of industry, outsourcing of jobs and regressive taxation--leading to the continued dismantling of the American middle class. Today, politics is the playground of the rich and powerful, with no thought given to the hopes and dreams of ordinary Americans.
No other film goes as deeply as HEIST in explaining the greatest wealth transfer of our lifetime. Moving beyond the white noise of today’s polarizing media, HEIST provides viewers with a clear, concise and fact- based explanation of how we got into this mess, and what we need to do to restore our representative democracy.
Free showing with popcorn, followed by discussion, sponsored by Grass Roots Organization of Waunakee.
6:30 PM, Sunday January 27 at the Waunakee EMS Community room, 201 N Klein Dr. (one block east of the Piggly Wiggly, one block north of the post office on Waunakee's Main Street.