Sunday, February 06, 2005


Netflix is great...I've been wanting to see a lot of the progressive political movies that have been released over the past year or so but couldn't rent them locally and can't afford to buy them all...

Watched 3 this weekend:

1) Unprecedented: The 2000 Election

This documentary was very in-depth and put together very well. Just further proof that Bush didn't really win in 2000--not that it can be reversed or anything.

The most interesting point--do blacks really have the right to vote in the U.S.? This film (and particularly Greg Palast) says no, they don't. The disenfranchisement is done much more subtly now. Who needs a literacy test or a poll tax when you have computerized databases?

2) Bush Family Fortunes
Based on the revealing book "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy," this flick is basically Fahrenheit 9/11 Pt. 2. Palast lays it on a little thick with his gumshoe hat and overcoat, but it has some memorable scenes, especially when he confronts Florida election supervisor Clayton Roberts and shows Ari Fleischer talking about the status of "Operation Iraqi Liberation." He talks about the James R. Bath connection and Arbusto and Harken but doesn't go for the Prescott Bush/Nazi connection .

3) "Distorted Morality"
A talk given by Chomsky at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government in which he points out the hypocrisy of American foreign policy. How's that, you say? Well, check out this article. Especially this part:

If we propose some principle that is to be applied to antagonists, then we must agree -- in fact, strenuously insist -- that the principle apply to us as well. Those who do not rise even to this minimal level of integrity plainly cannot be taken seriously when they speak of right and wrong, good and evil.

That's the basis of the film.

Check these out if you have the time--it'll be worth your while.

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