The Top 15 Economic 'Truth' Documentaries

Tyler Durden's picture

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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Yes_Questions's picture



Ah, some light viewing for this Sunday Evening.


Always good to know what is wrong with "this picture" come monday morning. 


Thanks ZH.

Blond Viking's picture

Surplus: Terrorized into Being Consumers (2003). This is a little different, but still interesting:

Steve Ballmer, 37:15, priceless.

LikeClockwork's picture

Who's roughing up PMs while China drives to work?

The Gooch's picture

Who cares! Another canoe accident in the making! -rootA

sunkeye's picture

 t/y very much for this

my movies watching list for a month

hawks5999's picture

Anyone made a YouTube playlist from this yet?

kekekekekekeke's picture

bookmarking this post

The Gooch's picture

And while were at it,

Monsanto (1 of 10) -


Cabreado's picture

With regard to the documentation part, we're doing a much better job than the Romans.

Thank you ZH, et al.

TBTF's picture

Chris Martenson's "Crash Course" doesn't get a mention?

JuliaS's picture

Additional suggestions:

History Of Oil by Robert Newman

The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein

The Century of Self by Adam Kurtis

putaipan's picture

mmm....adam kurtis. there are two others....reallllly good.

blindman's picture

wow, this compilation, good news.

squexx's picture

One of your best posts ....EVER!

toomanyfakeconservatives's picture

#2 "97% Owned" has less than 200,000 views. It's good to see director Peter Joseph on the list, but his Zeitgeist '07 and Zeitgeist Moving Forward have tens of millions of views and both documentaries are roughly 50% financial in nature. Don't miss them either.

lolmao500's picture

Now take all those movies, force kids in high school to watch them all as assignment every single year.

younkint's picture

They won't watch them; no chainsaws, no vampires.

Tom Green Swedish's picture

I was looking for something exactly like this.  Tyler nails it again.


Here's a nice one for you.


The government employes 4.5 million people.  Goldman Sachs employees 32,300.


Goldman Sachs average salary isaround 140,000 per year.

Government average salary is around 125,000 per year.


In fact government employees get paid as well as somebody working for Microsoft


Why isn't there a debate on how overpaid government workers are?  I'd say there are about 4 million less bankers out there. WTF

Taint Boil's picture



.......candidate has the best dentist.. That was awesome.

Money as debt - already seen it and it is a must watch. Gonna be a late night, no problem Taint Boil has the week off, kids are in bed, the old lady is in Mexico and I'm drinking ......

ebworthen's picture

Global banking and debt ponzi:  a party while it lasts, but HELL to pay.


Yen Cross's picture

I can hear a " pin " drop...

GeorgesamaBushLaden's picture


I think Aron Russo's 'America:Freedom to Fascism' is a MUST SEE; as well as the first 'Zeitgeist' "Don't Mind the Men Behind the Curtain"; Alex Jones' 'Fall of the Republic'; Bill Still's 'Secrets of Oz'; and ANY documentary that showcases the observations of G. Edward Griffin (author of 'Creature from Jekyll Island')... Best economic animated short: Provacateur Network's 'The American Dream' (now even my young kids can see past all the bullshit).


wisefool's picture

Timmay and the lords of the underworld is a commentary about the current Secretary of treasury of the United States.

Timothy Geithner is not only the current head of the US treasury, but was also head of the NY FRB during the recent housing finance experiment. Experts put his IQ somewhere between 75.2 and 77.4.

He -- and his IRS -- have more power for death, detention and physical force than the recently passed NDAA could dream of. and they have had it since 1913.  Timmothy Geithner has also failed to operate Turbotax v.2002 properly. He is currently advising Europe on economic policy.

check out Timmothy Geithner Folks! History will!

Radical Marijuana's picture

Link to my collection of Excellent Videos on Money System:

Not long ago, there were too few, now there are too many. I have time to watch them, most people do not. Worse, the overall situation continues to be that evidence and logical arguments mean nothing to systems based on lies, backed by violence. After we figure out what has been happening, there is still nothing realistically practical that can be done to stop the established trillionaire mass murders from punching their debt engines on through hyperdrive! The banksters and their buddies already own the mass media, and control their political puppets. Any miraculously successful politicians, that might be able to change things, would end up being discredited or destroyed in order to prevent that. Moreover, in my view ALL the videos of this kind that I have ever watched fit the pattern of "reactionary revolution." They usually spend 90% of their time doing good historical analysis, then followed the last 10% presenting bullshit solutions based on impossible ideals, depending upon false fundamental dichotomies.

I have never yet seen any video of this kind that continues to be consistent through its ending, with what it demonstrated before that ending. The history has been the triumph of the methods of organized crime, taking control of governments: LEGALIZED LIES, BACKED BY LEGALIZED VIOLENCE. The general abstract pattern demonstrated by the historical facts are based on SUBTRACTION and ROBBERY. The only genuine and realistic solutions would be based on changing the organized systems of lies, to operate a differently organized system of robbery. The best we can hope for is to try to more effectively fight bullshit with bullshit, in order to change the social rates of robbery to bring them back into better ecological balance. However, ALL of these kinds of videos that I have ever watched either ignore that reality was based on robbery, or suggest solutions based on the impossible ideal of ending that robbery.

Of course, I would like to make my own videos, that presented my ideas ... However, I present the fringe of the fringe of the fringe position, and that Fringe Cubed position has way too small an audience to sustain the effort to make videos for them. Instead, the only videos on these topics that I have ever seen appear to me to mostly be more on the general theme of "entertaining ourselves to death." Ultimately, there is the irony that human reality is always based on different systems of organized lies, operating different systems of organized robbery, which the economic truth that the biggest bullies want to deny and suppress, and their controlled opposition tends to want to do similar things.

The most "successful" people were those who are the best at being dishonest, while appealing to their particular viewers. Thus, the paradox is that since almost nobody likes more radical truth, that radical truth almost never gets made into videos. Instead, we have mainstream morons making videos for other mainstream morons, and reactionary revolutionaries making videos for other reactionary revolutionaries, ... and pretty well nothing else could be actually made, and presented, because there is only a fringe of a fringe of a fringe audience for more radical truth.

The funding to make videos about the monetary system is just another subset of the overall problems with respect to funding the political processes in general. The trillion dollar mass media make trillion dollar videos, (practically all the mainstream movies and TV shows) to support their view ... and then proportionally less money is spent to make videos for the fringe market, and then the fringe of the fringe market, and then, the fringe of the fringe of the fringe market. Ironically, the more times one goes through that process of going through the infinite tunnel of deceits, regarding the runaway fraudulence of our financial accounting system, the closer to the economic truth one gets.

The economic truth follows the pattern of that radical truth. Economics is a dismal science, and the more one knows the more dismal it becomes. Thus, dismal squared, dismal cubed, and so forth. Similarly, the more radical economic truth becomes fringe squared, then fringe cubed, and so on ...

Ultimately, the TRUTH is paradoxical. Human beings always operate as robbers in their environment. Human beings always operate through organized systems of lies. The banksters were simply the best at doing that. Their opposition is almost always totally controlled in ways that more or less allow them to reveal the real history of those processes, but then, collapse back to bullshit solutions based on the old-fashioned impossible ideals, and false fundamental dichotomies found in various religions and ideologies from the past. Nobody yet, that I am aware of, has made any videos which continue to propose genuine solutions that remain consistent with the results of their analysis. Like I said, ALL of these kinds of videos that I have ever watched go through more or less 90% good analysis of history, to then always collapse back to bullshit solutions at the end.

To NOT do that would require that we continue to view the solutions in the same way that we analyzed the real problems. Namely, there is a combined money/murder system, in which the debt controls depend on the death controls, and there are feedback loops whereby the money system pays for the murder system, and then that murder system backs up the money system in return. To be consistent with the history of militarism that made and maintained the real money system, real solutions MUST be based upon changing the murder system, and changing the death controls, or else, everything that is said about changing the money system, and changing the debt controls, is just a collapse back to impossible ideals, which are more bullshit. That kind of bullshit assisted the established systems to be run by professional liars and hypocrites. Their controlled opposition groups stay within that same frame of reference.

We should make videos about economic truth that are consistent with energy laws and general systems theory, and especially consistent with evolutionary ecology. However, the number of viewers for that is way too small to sustain making those kinds of videos. Generally speaking, the REAL systems are based on lies, backed by violence, and so, the REAL solutions could only be changing to different systems of lies, backed by different systems of violence. ... So far as I am aware, better videos about that have never been made yet, and it is hard to imagine how they could be paid for, to get made. Those who most benefit from running their degree of participation successfully within the established systems of fraud and robbery, in proportion to that, do not want to face the radical economic truth any more, and neither would any potential audience. The relative wealth and power of those who have the means to communicate were due to the proportions to which they were successfully dishonest, to themselves, as well as others.

The economic truth about the money system is buried as deep as the truth about war. The history of war has always been that success in war was based on deceits, and that spies were the most important soldiers. The money system depends on the same factors. Thus, the history that made War King, then morphed to make Fraud King. Our entire economic system is always based on organized lies, operating organized robbery, and it is IMPOSSIBLE for any real world to not be that. The paradox that those who were the best at lying to others, as well as themselves, became the most successful, i.e., more wealthy and powerful, then directly feeds back to them proportionately being able to make their videos, for their audience to view.

Therefore, I can not imagine how any more radical economic truth videos could ever be produced, and I have never yet seen any ...

wisefool's picture

Very good post. Your request is being fulfilled in the contrapositive. The reality TV shows, Hollywood/Music/Sports celebrity industry has been pumping out the end game for the debt death system for years.

luxury cars, housing, etc. Young people know that these things require a huge amount of taxation, insurance, and maintenance. They will rent and watch the greater fools on media. Much to the dismay of the both the private and public rentier class.

Again, you cant always get what you want, but if you see how the housing and auto industry is doing, you can see that the anti-videos are accomplish the goal of the videos you are requesting.

Yen Cross's picture

You fools. Scraps make me HAPPY! Did you watch the trade.  Of course not> snap card bitchez.

Look at Gold ,Silver,Platinum (interbank spreads)! It's a new week.

  Look at bond spreads, in the direct market!

Awakened Sheeple's picture

"Collapse" deserves watching as well for simply pointing out the ponzi nature of the global economy.

Slazenger's picture

Animal Farm...that's all I'm seeing


donpaulo's picture


dystopian future, love the list and most of the comments and links on this thread


As the clash said in Guns of Brixton


When they kick out your front door
How you gonna come?
With your hands on your head
Or on the trigger of your gun

When the law break in
How you gonna go?
Shot down on the pavement
Or waiting in death row

The money feels good
And your life you like it well
But surely your time will come
As in heaven, as in hell


Yen Cross's picture

Get to work you "sons of Bitches"! Welcome to reality Ranch!  The "FX h-1 move is fading" !  Crawl out of your basements, stretch your arms, and make a difference!

  How  many hollow points can I put into your" Jelly Belly"?    R.E. Ermy , IS ON your TANK ASSES!

Monk's picture

Some of these documentaries counter each other. Some, for example, imply that much of money is created by government. What they don't mention is that money is created to meet credit created by commercial banks lending to individuals and businesses.

Also, some imply that the U.S. financial industry is heavily regulated and centralized, when it's the other way round.


Yen Cross's picture

Would you like some " Lighter Fluid" , Tibetian Monk style?

kicksroute66's picture

Peter Joseph didn't direct 97%Owned

tolgito's picture everyone should check this.Simply : Fiat currency + Fractional Reserve + Compound interest = collapse. 


younkint's picture

ZH is to be commended for making these videos so easily available.  You could watch all these videos - which would certainly take some time - or you could get the Cliff Notes version by simply watching a few five-minute clips of George Carlin.

Monedas's picture

Dancing with the North Korean Politburo  !   

Monedas's picture

Yen Cross is Al Gore's love child with Whoopi Goldberg ?  

Yen Cross's picture

Golf clap. Modenas ya gotta do better than that!  Bean boy!

 WHY? exactly, are you attacking me?   Did I offend you? If so, be a man and tell me why!

 I'm a true Capitalist. I like small government, and lemonaid stands. Don't fuck with me!

  I'll bury you so deep they will have to pump"sunlight" to your worthless "brown ass"!

Ghordius's picture

+1 ad hominem attacks are IMHO often a sign for a cognitive dissonance. like: "the argument is valid, can't challenge it, damn the (insert expletive) bearer of unwelcome news/truths". I count them as a form of "greenie" (not that I care for them).

what was the argument again? ;-)

Monedas's picture

Oooops !  I was just feeling silly and didn't have anything better to say !  I thought it was funny .... think about it .... could you imagine those two getting it on .... let alone the hideous fruit of her wound !       You should feel flattered that Modenas turned his spotlight of humour on you .... it could be a "career break" !  

manich's picture

#1b. COLLAPSE, with Mike Ruppert

Infinite growth model in a finite world, don't work!

CrabGrassKila's picture

Hey Society, Yes You!!!!!!!!!!!

Food for thought........

Don't hire a Cop, if you can't Honor, the Contract.............

Don't ask for Safety, if you can't Honor the Contract.........

Don't ask for Ultimate Sacrifice, if you can't Honor the Contract......

Yes Society, you are Screwed!!!!!!!!!!!!


rambo1028's picture


Making a list....checking it twice....

As an aside, Dexter is my hero.

Odin's picture

Last comment, Bitchez.

Wave-Tech's picture

With little or no overlap from the ZH list, here you can find our list of 27 relevant productions.

At the bottom of our bonus page @, you can find 9 more presentations on Agenda-21.

Grab some popcorn/beer and prepare to embark upon a seething form of life-changing enlightenment.