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[-] Anticorp@lemmy.world 18 points 1 week ago* (last edited 1 week ago)

What's crazy is that this was made in 2011 and the issue is probably 4x more extreme now than it was then. They were already painting the doom scene then. The richest men in the world doubled their wealth after covid, and the poor have become poorer. Each tragedy, each disaster, each economic downturn is a boon for the wealthy, and they use it to extract even more wealth from the societies they leech off of. They steal government funds that were targeted for people, they raise prices, they buy back all of their own stock with our tax money that was meant to prevent layoffs, and a million other unscrupulous actions. And then as you hear in the video, they pat themselves on the back for being exceptionally talented in the most moral system imaginable. Nobody will stop them because the people with the power to stop them benefit from them, and would be crushed by them if they betrayed them. The wealthy have so much power now that they operate under the same "silver or lead" principles that Pablo Escobar did. Take our bribes and let us do what we want, or we'll destroy you. It will get much, much worse before it gets better.

[-] ProdigalFrog 13 points 1 week ago

It was made a little earlier, in 2006.

But I agree fully, it's unconscionable how bad things have gotten.

[-] Anticorp@lemmy.world 6 points 1 week ago* (last edited 1 week ago)

Ah, okay. It definitely looks like it was made earlier. It was uploaded in 2011, so that's what I was going off of. I just finished watching the whole video, which I didn't expect to do. His father refuses to speak, or even think honestly about the problem. Even at the end when he finally agreed to answer questions, as soon as he started to say something about the pay inequality, he just clammed up and shut down. He seems like a man with a conscience, who has made a choice to never honestly evaluate his position in life, lest he be forced to face enormous guilt. It's great that his son was able to do a lot more than face it.

I have always had a lot of respect for Warren Buffett. He's a self made man, and he pledged most of his wealth to charity. His work with Bill Gates to provide low cost electricity to low income areas is well documented, and I thought was coming from a desire to actually help people and the world. But seeing his reaction to his granddaughter has completely changed my opinion of him. What a vicious and terrible person he must be to disown his own granddaughter simply for speaking honestly about who she is. She didn't even really say anything negative about him. She just did something he didn't want her to do and he lashed out at her in the most destructive way he could envision. What a complete asshole.

[-] sin_free_for_00_days@sopuli.xyz 17 points 1 week ago

I never saw this one. I watched his Born Rich and it was good, but so depressing.

[-] BabyYodel@lemmy.ml 8 points 1 week ago* (last edited 1 week ago)

Don’t think I need to see a documentary to learn what is already obvious. Of course the 1% are obsessed with wealth and power, and have no qualms about exploiting workers. Otherwise they wouldn’t horde obscene amounts of wealth while children starve, etc.

[-] infectoid@lemmy.world 17 points 1 week ago

Is absolutely worth watching. If only to validate much of what you already suspect is true.

Most of this will not be a surprise. But it’s important to have it documented on camera.

One thing that became obvious to me after watching both documentaries by this guy is that they can be pretty honest and it really has no effect on how they are perceived in public.

The sides never change. You either hate them or want to be like them.

[-] ProdigalFrog 12 points 1 week ago* (last edited 1 week ago)

As @infectoid@lemmy.world mentioned, this doc is worth seeing, because they were much more candid when speaking with one of 'their own' than with a regular journalist. It's incredible to see them fully 'mask-off' of how they truly do view us, and how deep their lack of empathy is.

[-] Zuberi@lemmy.dbzer0.com 4 points 1 week ago

Bout time to eat the 3,000 people we need to

[-] Binthinkin@kbin.social 4 points 1 week ago

Here is the one he made in 2003 called Born Rich. Ivanka is in there along with other new and old money kids you might recognize.

The wealth class is fucked up and it spreads to society. We need that cycle to end. I have also had the privilege to be around blue bloods who agree.

But their money is controlled by literal Nazis. You won’t hear that in the media because it’s something you will only hear behind closed doors. It’s real shit. We are in for a tough time if we keep letting money win in elections.

Get involved. Get smart. Get to voting this November.


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