Call Me Stormy

Finding righteous currents in turbulent times

The American Dream

Tad Lumpkin uses animation to explain the collapse of the American dream. Borrowing from an eclectic mix of sources — from A Christmas Carol to Back to the Future and Gladiators — Lumpkin pins our stagnant economy on lax monetary policy, overspending by the US government and, most of all, the predatory excesses of the centralized Federal Reserve Bank. Some of the hints of conspiracy are a bit much, as in the suggestion that it was bankers, not mobsters or Communists, who likely assassinated JFK. These instances of hyperbole aside, the 2011 film is still quite good as a primer on how our banking system works and how it’s subject to manipulation.

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