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In Popular Picks on April 12, 2009 at 1:50 am

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2007 | 88 min

In this first of its kind “dramatic-documentary-musical,” essayist Lewis Lapham and an all-star cast (including Kurt Vonnegut, Robert Altman, James Baker and Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr.) take two young Ivy-League graduates on a tour of the corridors of power. This “astonishing”, “coruscating” satire poses the question:  Is it better to rule the world, or to save it?

Appearing on the screen are a range of leaders and commentators from across the political spectrum, among them: the late Robert B. Altman, James A. Baker III, Bill Bradley, Harold Brown, Hodding Carter III, William T. Coleman, Jr., Walter Cronkite, Barbara Ehrenreich, Vartan Gregorian, Doug Henwood, Mike Medavoy, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., John Perkins, (a.k.a., the economic hit-man) Samuel Peabody, Pete Seeger, Lawrence H. Summers, Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr., William Howard Taft IV, the late Kurt Vonnegut and Howard Zinn.

Posted 10/26/08 by Stephen

And with all the change over the past 50 years, there really hasn’t been any until now. With the 2008 election, is real change finally achievable? Even when Obama is elected? Is this so called grass roots upswell real and if it is, will it last? The working Americans have not been united on any one thing in over 60 years. So the ruling class has been able to enslave them (nickel and dime them) for all these years. And now when the ruling class institutions have crashed the working people let them bail themselves out with our tax dollars.
No one will ever help the working class. Not even themselves, unless they do unite and say enough is enough. I fear this will not happen in my life time.

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n a stunning indictment of sweeping policy changes during the Bush years, best-selling author Naomi Wolf (The Beauty Myth) makes a chilling case that American democracy is under threat. Investigating parallels between our current situation and the rise of dictators and fascism in once-free societies, Wolf uncovers a number of deeply unsettling similarities-from the use of paramilitary groups and secret prisons to the targeted suspension of the rule of law. With this galvanizing call to arms based on her recent book, she urges regular citizens to take back our legacy of freedom and justice.