I watched “Inside Job,” an award-winning documentary narrated by Matt Damon about the 2008 financial crisis, its origin, the people who perpetrated it, and those who tried in vain to warn key policymakers and stop it from happening.
As I watched, I was surprised to find myself more sad and frustrated rather than outright angry, sad that we are living in a world where we know the problem and yet cannot seem to solve or fix it, and frustrated that the people who were responsible continue to profit, thrive, and control the outcome of what happens. This documentary is something EVERYONE should watch, so that we can all move forward knowing that often, you just can’t trust people. I really think that the best way that the 99% of us who are NOT in control of the world’s money can protect ourselves from people who will screw us over in an instant is to be EDUCATED and KNOWLEDGEABLE.
In the documentary, someone posits the question (paraphrased) “If you could make a ton of money and others bear the risk and not you, would you do it? Absolutely you would.” And it’s true. I feel that if people went forth with this question in the back of their minds, then we would be less susceptible to being taken advantage of. I know that if someone could make money off me, and all the risk would be mine, then they would do it in a heartbeat. I don’t keep my hopes up that anything ground-breaking will be accomplished legislatively or politically, what with all the political posturing nonsense and time-wasting that happens. This may be a real pessimistic and jaded view of people, but the times now really do justify it.
I can understand the Occupy Wall Street movement, and that this is a natural reaction of the people to the heinous offenses that those in control of our financial stability and health have committed and continue to commit against us. I think that being knowledgeable and moving forward with informed skepticism can help us prevent this from happening again. If the “Inside Job” documentary is completely accurate and those who have the power to stop the atrocities committed to our economy, as well as the global economy, simply keep perpetrating the status quo and turning a blind eye to the complaints of the people, then SHAME on them.
When did huge corporations become one of the branches of government? With the amount of influence they evert over our economic, political, and social health, they might as well be so. I hope though that things can truly change. I cringe at the thought that one day the 99% will make their voice heard. I do believe in a peaceful approach, and that knowledge really is the way to make sure we don’t get taken advantage of. We can’t rely on people appointed to make sure the public is protected from profit-suckers, because frankly, we can’t be sure that the appointees aren’t profit-suckers too.
This is just my opinion, my rant after watching one of the most interesting and engaging documentaries I’ve ever watched. My response to everything that has happened is to keep my guard up, and if this documentary is completely accurate then I can say that I will maintain this view.