The Corporate Coup d’État
US, 2019, 90 min, English OV
Directed by: Fred Peabody
Alternativreferat der ÖH Uni Graz
"Fred Peabody's film persuasively shows how capitalist interests have been actively subverting the levers of democracy for a long time." - Now Toronto
A democracy should protect its citizens, especially the most vulnerable among them, but increasingly the United States is failing to do so. This investigative and persuasive documentary blends the insights of philosophers, authors and journalists with the experiences of citizens of the Rust Belt in the U.S. Midwest, where the steel industry once flourished, but where closures and outsourcing have left urban areas desolate and hopeless. It’s here that Donald Trump finds some of his most fervent supporters, as he’s not considered part of the hated Washington establishment.
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges, argues that the crisis predates Donald Trump’s election by many years. Like his source of inspiration, the Canadian philosopher John Ralston Saul, Hedges regards Trump as the symptom rather than the disease. Decades ago, U.S. democracy began selling its soul to big corporations. Lobbyists and corporatism took control in Washington, gradually undermining the will of the people.
Journalist Naomi Klein recently described Trump’s administration as a “corporate coup d’état”. Hedges and Ralston Saul argue that the real coup took place long before. Fred Peabody´s new film is a shocking pamphlet about the loss of Western democracy, and a call to fight back against special interests and to create truly democratic societies.