Generation Zero: Current economic crisis is a failure of culture

 

Citizens United Productions has an excellent new film out titled “Generation Zero“. It’s well worth ninety minutes of your time. Here is the description of the film from its promotional website:

About the Film

“The current economic crisis is not a failure of capitalism, but a failure of culture. Generation Zero explores the cultural roots of the global financial meltdown – beginning with the narcissism of the 1960’s, spreading like a virus through the self-indulgent 90’s, and exploding across the world in the present economic cataclysm.

Generation Zero goes beneath the shallow media headlines and talking head sound bites to get to the source of today’s economic nightmare. With a cutting edge style and haunting imagery, this must see documentary will change everything you thought you knew about Wall Street and Washington.

Featuring experts, authors, and pundits from across the political spectrum, Generation Zero exposes the little told story of how the mindset of the baby boomers sowed the seeds of economic disaster that will be reaped by coming generations.”

The list of experts, authors, and pundits is pretty darned impressive. You can see the full list here. There are appearances by John Bolton, Lou Dobbs, Newt Gingrich, Victor Davis Hanson, Charles Krauthammer, Lawrence Kudlow, Heather MacDonald, Thaddeus G. McCotter, Stephen Moore, Dick Morris, Michael Novak, and Shelby Steele.

A couple of excerpts. First – Lou Dobbs – who echoes in this comment what I’ve been saying for years:

DOBBS: “There is a lack of quality in our leadership, in every aspect, in every role, in every part of our public life. But the real crisis in leadership begins in the homes and the households of this country.

Until the American people understand that they have to take responsibility for their own lives, that we can no longer depend on the elites for their efforts or their energy being dedicated to our interests, we’re going to continue with one of the most threatening crises in our country’s history.”

Another speaker said this:

“The problem that we face is one of national character right now. We have traditionally thought of the American way of life as one in which we enjoy a huge amount of thriving and prosperity, but furthermore, we engage in a system of free enterprise and prosperity and opportunity that we pass onto our children that means that they’re going to have at least as much opportunity as we ever had.

What we’re doing right now in response to this crisis is completely contrary to that. Our political class is telling us that what we need to do to save ourselves is to mortgage the future of our country and the future of our children. That’s a change in our national character and a change in our national culture. That’s a very, very extreme thing to do.”

If you’re in any danger of losing your anger of what’s happening with your government, this movie should help you reignite it.

©2010 John Francis Biver