The Top 15 Economic 'Truth' Documentaries

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On a regular basis we are placated by commercials to satisfy our craving to know which bathroom tissue is the most absorbent; debates 'infomercials' assuaging our fears over which vice-presidential candidate has the best dentist; and reality-shows that comfort our 'at least I am not as bad as...' need; there is an inescapable reality occurring right under our propagandized nose (as we noted here). Economic Reason has gathered together the Top 15 'reality' economic documentaries - so turn-on, tune-in, and drop-out of the mainstream for a few hours...

Originally posted at Economic Reason blog,

Top 15 Economic Documentaries

1. Overdose: The Next Financial Crisis – Directed by Martin Borgs

Based on the book “Financial Fiasco” by Johan Norberg this documentary depicts When the world’s financial bubble blew, the solution was to lower interest rates and pump trillions of dollars into the sick banking system. The solution is the problem, that’s why we had a problem in the first place. Featured guests; Peter Schiff, Gerald Celente, Dennis Hannon. ~46 min.


 2. 97% Owned - Directed by Peter Joseph

97% owned presents serious research and verifiable evidence on the troubling issues facing our economic and financial system. This documentary provides a UK-perspective, however, its inner workings of Central Banks and the Money creation process are virtually the same concept all around the world. ~2:10 hr.


3. Money as Debt 1, Directed by Paul Grignon

Todays money is a new form of slavery, and distinguishable from the old simply by the fact that it is impersonal, there is no human relation between master and slave. Debt- government, corporate and household has reached astronomical proportions. Where does all this money come from? How could there BE that much money to lend? The answer is…there isn’t. Today, MONEY IS DEBT. If there were NO DEBT there would be NO MONEY. ~ 47 min.


4. Money As Debt 2, Directed by Paul Grignon

Bailouts, stimulus packages, debt piled upon debt…Where will it all end? How did we get into a situation where there has never been more material wealth & productivity and yet everyone is in debt to bankers. ~1:16 hr.



5. Money As Debt 3, Directed by Paul Grignon

This third and final movie in the Money as Debt trilogy presents a comprehensive picture of how “money” could work in the future. It is a blueprint full of surprising specifics for creating a whole new system applied with technologies that exist right now. Money as Debt. ~1:02 hr.


6. The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of The World by Niall Ferguson

Based on the book, The Ascent of Money:This documentary provides a financial History of the World by a Harvard professor, Niall Ferguson‘s. It examines the long history of money, credit, and banking. ~4:30 hr.


7. Fiat Empire – Why the Federal Reserve Violates the U.S. Constitution, Directed by Matrixx Entertainment Corporation

A good documentary about the federal reserve in the United States. Most people believe that this bank is government owned but it is not. ~58 min.


8. Money, Banking, and The Federal Reserve System, Produced by Ludwig von Mises Institute

Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson understood The Monster. But to most Americans today, Federal Reserve is just a name on the dollar bill. They have no idea of what the central bank does to the economy, or to their own economic lives; of how and why it was founded and operates; or of the sound money and banking that could end the statism, inflation, and business cycles that the Fed generates. ~ 42 min.


9. The Crash Of 1929 – Produced by Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer

By 1929, Charles Mitchell, President of the National City Bank (which would become Citibank), had popularized the idea of selling stock and high yield bonds directly to smaller investors. Mitchell and a very small group of bankers, brokers, and speculators manipulated the stock market, grew wealthy and helped create the economic boom of that fabulous decade. ~1 hr.


10. Enron, The Smartest Guys In The Room, Directed by Alex Gibney

Believed by some accusers to be the most egregious corporate malefactors in American history — are about to go on trial for pillaging their company and devaluing its stock, leaving thousands of employees and investors holding the bag while they absconded with millions. ~ 1:49 hr.


11. MeltDown – The Secret History of the Global Financial Collapse – by Doc Zone

Doc Zone has traveled the world – from Wall Street to Dubai to China – to investigate The Secret History of the Global Financial Collapse. Meltdown is the story of the bankers who crashed the world, the leaders who struggled to save it and the ordinary families who got crushed. ~44 min.


12. The Take – by Avi Lewis

We heard rumors of a new kind of economy emerging in Argentina. With hundreds of factories closing, waves of workers were locking themselves inside and running the workplaces on their own, with no bosses. ~ 1:20 min.


13. The Money Masters, Directed Bill Still

The Money Masters is a 3 1/2 hour non-fiction, historical documentary that traces the origins of the political power structure that rules our nation and the world today. ~ 3:30 hr.


14. I.O.U.S.A – Directed by Patrick Creadon

I.O.U.S.A. is a 2008 American documentary directed by Patrick Creadon. The film focuses on the shape and impact of the United States national debt. The film features Robert Bixby, director of the Concord Coalition, and David Walker, the former U.S. Comptroller-General, as they travel around the United States on a tour to let communities know of the potential dangers of the national debt. The tour was carried out through the Concord Coalition, and was known as the “Fiscal Wake-Up Tour.” From Wikipedia. ~ 45min.


15. The Last Days Of Lehman Brothers

Drama inspired by the real events that took place on the weekend of 12 September 2008 – when the Lehman Brothers went to the wall. ~59 min.

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Sun, 10/14/2012 - 16:58 | 2888583 lynnybee
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the real news is found on the internet.   thank you for this post.

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 18:03 | 2888694 Midas
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Yeah, thanks Tyler.  A one stop shop for de-programming.

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 16:59 | 2888585 Uncle Remus
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"Wizard of OZ"

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 18:39 | 2888746 JFK.4PREZ
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Secret of Oz has to be top ten!

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 17:00 | 2888587 alien-IQ
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Good list. I've seen all but three of those. Time to fill that gap.

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 18:46 | 2888752 CPL
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I'm watching The Take right now.  


...awestuck is all I can say, this is what people let it get to while waiting for instructions...unbelievable.


This film should be in every civics class on the planet.  

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 18:52 | 2888766 Jendrzejczyk
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+10 CPL.

All ZH'ers should at least take the time to watch this one.


Sun, 10/14/2012 - 19:11 | 2888789 alien-IQ
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Absolutely correct.

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 19:23 | 2888801 knukles
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Unfortunately there are no "civics" classes left on the planet.  The statist left wing bureaucratic Propaganda Ministries of Political Indoctrination and Faux Education have ensured that classical educations structuring an intellectual thought process and constitutionalist civics oriented about quaint concepts such as morals, ethics, character and natural law have given way to diversity and inclusiveness in the name of feelie good emoticons and soulless iCrap.

You see, a classical education, a true civics lesson demand that all participants recognize that while all men should be equal in terms of the law (good luck with that concept!) all men are not intellectually, morally and practically/socially equal, that there are very large and true cultural divides .... all of which prohibit anything than political indoctrination.

Bleat for me Bitchez

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 19:34 | 2888816 CPL
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How to present that though so it could never be tampered with.  Left or Right or Center or whatever the poltical placement.  I'm a fan of giving lots of information on all fifty sides of an arguement.


Philosophy of art.  It reflects a broad range of topics.  Technology, history, malfesance, love, hate, political, propaganda, pretty, sad, glad.  It wouldn't require anything but eyes and the discussion of what is presented.  The art itself is the reflection of 7 millenia of humans putting an idea on paper.


...and yeah civics.  When did it vanish?

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 20:27 | 2888900 knukles
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Way too damned long ago....
A mirror of our civilization's decline.

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 21:04 | 2888970 CPL
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Indeed, we were obviously not studious enough in the fact we did take it and we failed to stop this.  I agree though, it has become a jingoistic circus out there.  

From the complete dismantling of schools that made authors instead of consumers people that landed on the moon to API's to write some piece of shit widget on an iPad.  


It's completely fucking unbelievable how schools have mutated into a feel good factory.  Some kid slaps another kid it's open for discussion on a broad level, when it's play ground politics.  Kids without a helmet on bike is a moot point, even that arguement of nanny state are dismissed because most of them are becoming well versused on survival at the end of gun through the media they spend the most amount of time with.  Plus they are fat asses, can't begin to explain the sheer size of crotch fruit at the mall, and these fucking women with the kids.  Holy shit...goddamn moose knuckle and with a slight breeze we are talking clapping....

Could write a book on it...

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 09:15 | 2889233 Harbanger
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I attribute the cultural decline you’re describing in part to political correctness promoted by the left in the US for at least the past 50 years. It’s a form of Cultural Marxism, it spreads the ideals of Socialism through cultural propaganda and acceptable speech codes. It is preached through the MSM and taught thru the Public School system and in Colleges. This was the beginning of the entitlement mentality we have now in America.

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 22:28 | 2889067 juangrande
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Knuckles, I'm assuming your heritage is white european. Morals, ethics, character and natural law have all been "justified" by our particular genetic version of the species to FUCK EVERYBODY ELSE OVER! So come up with something new, wouldya......

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 23:02 | 2889104 Cabreado
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Be careful...

I'd suggest that where the rubber hits the road, "white european" has nothing to do with anything, and you're diminishing your own (important) message.


Sun, 10/14/2012 - 23:12 | 2889120 Uncle Remus
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"all men are not intellectually, morally and practically/socially equal"

That implies that there are losers and that can't be good for ones self-image.

The bleating will continue until [tap tap, swish, tap] ah yes, until morale improves.

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 20:10 | 2888867 The Gooch
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"Our dreams do not fit on your ballots"


tool and die bitchez

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 17:01 | 2888589 Gief Gold Plox
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Movie night! Woohooo!

Thank you Tyler(s)! 

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 17:02 | 2888591 Skateboarder
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Sweet! Thanks for the linkage - I've been looking for a decent one-stop-shop of videos to pass along to people who haven't yet figured out what the hell is going on. I don't care if it takes a million documentaries - people need to understand the fundamental difference between money and wealth.

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 18:33 | 2888732 TrustWho
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My grad microeconomics professor, Dr. Hoepner who is dead and gone RIP, said money is just the way we keep score of who is winning the game. The goal of this game is wealth creation. The person who controls the means of production is free. All others are slaves who are dependent on others sharing their wealth for the slaves services.


Sun, 10/14/2012 - 17:02 | 2888593 Tsunami Wave
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I learned how banking works through Money as Debt, although it was very loooooonnnnng and boring and the narrator had a Canadian accent.

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 19:36 | 2888819 CPL
CPL's picture we're aboot fivty FIve billion in debt.  And sorry, I don't know Fred in Toronto although I'm sure he's a good feller and a wack-a-doo to boot on that there.

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 17:03 | 2888594 Publicus
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Sun, 10/14/2012 - 17:06 | 2888597 illyia
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Inside Job is also a wonderful drama, tweaks the cog-dis chord.

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 17:06 | 2888599 kaiserhoff
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Now we're getting somewhere.  Great use of the net.

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 17:07 | 2888603 steveo77
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Sunset Pictures over the Mountains Oahu Hawaii USA

Got 2 really cool pictures while out exercising the dogs.    Worth checking.   And bear in mind, all blog owners that are adz supported do appreciate your attention.

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 19:33 | 2888814 The Shootist
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I thought that would make the list. Or Mike Maloney's "Debt Collapse."

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 17:07 | 2888607 Cloud9.5
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Interesting take on setting up a refuge.

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 17:08 | 2888609 The Gooch
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After the whole "roota" trip this a.m., this!
Thx TD & friends, may we live in interesting times.

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 17:44 | 2888664 nakedshort
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this would have to be in the top 20 ?

Cramamerica trading circa 1997 

"Betting on the Market" PBS Frontline (1997).

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 17:45 | 2888665 Apeman
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14. I.O.U.S.A.

12.661 trillion??? Man that's an old movie... oh, wait...

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 17:55 | 2888681 Yen Cross
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Light travels @ 186 thousand miles a second.  Imagine truth as light.   Nuf said.

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 18:01 | 2888689 q99x2
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So now what am I supposed to tell my teacher. My dog ate my homework?

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 18:21 | 2888718 SubjectivObject
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Hey Teach, here's a link.  I feel compelled to educate you.

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 18:59 | 2888774 Yen Cross
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Don't put your " certificate/degree" in jeopardy. Tell your teacher to contact Yen Cross @ zero

  I'll lay the wood!

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 19:10 | 2888788 knukles
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My neighbor's dog humped my leg.

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 19:58 | 2888840 Hulk
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I loved a gal from Kalamazoo...

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 20:11 | 2888868 Yen Cross
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Hulk I luv ya! +1


Sun, 10/14/2012 - 20:28 | 2888905 knukles
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My neighbor's dog is from Kalamazoo!
What a coincidence!

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 21:37 | 2889008 Hulk
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Indeed! I loved her dog too! 

She humped my leg, but the dog from Kalamazoo wouldn't have anything to do with me...

I  once, loved a dog, from Kalamazoo ! 


Sun, 10/14/2012 - 21:43 | 2889020 knukles
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I humped her leg and she sent me to the dog. Small world.

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 21:40 | 2889013 Offthebeach
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That's what you get when you pass out naked in a basement with a red rubber ball in your mouth. ( Oh, it wasn't your leg that he slammed. )

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 18:12 | 2888708 Bob
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How the fuck could you leave out The Corporation?

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 18:38 | 2888721 Seasmoke
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this post should be sticky on front page of ZH  ............

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 18:38 | 2888744 q99x2
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Thanks for the posting. I like Money as Debt 3 the best.

The countries that are being attacked by NATO will surely have marked the Rothschild and other banking families as targets now. It seems to be publicly apparent that they are the ones behind the world chaos at this time.

Holy crap all I want to do is go to college and jog. I don't eat much. They can leave me out of it all. I hope so. I don't look good in a uniform.

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 18:49 | 2888760 Jendrzejczyk
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Alright, only on part 2 of "The Take" and it is awesome to see regular blue collar workers take over factories and produce. The drive to work and succeed, and not rely on charity or government handouts is inspiring.

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 19:09 | 2888785 knukles
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I'd like a reality movie'd credit me a whole buncha them worthless naughts and ones to my electronic banking empire or a couple a tons of that barbaric useless traditional relic to some vault somewhere be mine and mine alone.
But alas, none of that useless horseshit ever comes my way for free.

Must be everybody lies to me.
(Um huh... think about that for a moment)

Bets gets  me on some o dem gubamint pro-gramz

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 19:59 | 2888841 Downtoolong
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Fiat Empire still gets my top vote. The interviews with the people on the street show just how lost we are. The one guy who confesses the truth must be a Fed, Treasury, or TBTF bank employee. He laughs, with nothing to hide. No harm will come to him. So sad but true.


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