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Plutocrats (2016/17). A film by Tom Radford, based on the book by Chrystia Freeland, Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else.

In this feature documentary, journalist Chrystia Freeland travels through a world of joblessness, debt, and economic uncertainty to the sovereign nation of the plutocrats…a world of untold wealth and concentration of power, an oligarchy where each crisis the world faces simply becomes a business opportunity. While poverty, climate change, and war force millions of people to abandon their homes and communities, 85 plutocrats make more money than half of humanity.

Can civil society survive the gulf between the very rich and the very poor? From George Soros to Chris Hedges; Kostas Vaxevanis to Lewis Lapham; the Koch Brothers to Chrystia Freeland – the film documents a world economy in flux. As governments become committed to serving the interests of extreme wealth, real prosperity and opportunity disappear. Tax evasion for the rich, austerity for the poor, and a disappearing future for the young fuel a growing global recession. The world of the .01% has arrived, and the wealth gap is now greater than during the ‘Gilded Age’ of the Romanovs, Rothschilds, and Rockefellers. As Freeland observes: “You can have a democracy, or you can have a plutocracy. But you can’t have both.”

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