Saturday, October 16, 2010

IWW screens “Plunder: The Crime of Our Time”

Grand Rapids IWW Free Movie Night
PLUNDER: The Crime of Our Time
7 p.m. Thurs. Oct. 21
Trinity United Methodist Church
1100 Lake Dr. SE Grand Rapids

Originally appeared on GRIID

“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men,they create for themselves, in the course of time,a legal system that authorizes it,and a moral code that glorifies it.”– Political economist Frederic Bastiat, The Law [1850]

“I used to think of Wall Street as a financial center.I now think of it as a crime scene.”– Filmmaker Danny Schecter, Plunder (2009)

According to its promotional Web site, Plunder: The Crime of Our Time explores how the financial crisis was built on a foundation of criminal activity, showings how Wallstreet scammers recklessly put trillions of dollars and the world economy at risk.

This pyramid of fraud led to the massive foreclosures affecting 10 million homeowners, rising unemployment, economic collapse and increasing hardships worldwide. It connects the dots identifying who the victims and beneficiaries are in what “may well turn out to be the greatest nonviolent crime against humanity in history,” As Graydon Carter, editor, Vanity Fair states, ” . . . never before have so few done so much to so many.”

The film reveals the complicity of the major media outlets, which failed to sound the alarm or investigate wrong doers. It’s also a call to action: if action is not taken real lessons will not be learned or applied and another crisis may be looming as the underlying problems are still there.

“This is a story that must be told if economic justice is to have any meaning,” says Schechter, “Plunder demands a full investigation into who is responsible for the crisis and an appropriate punishment . . . This crisis is not about the unintentional mistakes of a greedy few but a crime that effects us all.”

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