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Arts/Entertainment

November 29, 2012

UU congregation to show movie on causes of economic collapse

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Locke Street is hosting a free, public screening of a 2011 documentary film that looks to show government deregulation led to the Great Recession of the last few years.

“Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?” will be shown for free tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 30. at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6 Locke St., Andover.

“Please come and bring friends. The screening will be followed by a discussion. We will provide popcorn. Please feel free to bring a portable chair (e.g., a lawnchair) with you for more comfortable seating,” states a release from the congregation.

For more information call the congregation at 978-475-4454 or visit uuandover.org.

The website for the movie, as quoted by the congregation says the movie “traces the worldwide economic collapse to a 1971 secret memo entitled ‘Attack on American Free Enterprise System.’ Written over 40 years ago by the future Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell, at the behest of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the six-page memo, a free-market utopian treatise, called for a money-fueled, big business makeover of government through corporate control of the media, academia, the pulpit, arts and sciences and destruction of organized labor and consumer-protection groups.

“But Powell’s real ‘end game’ was business control of law and politics. Heist’s step by step detail exposes the systemic implementation of Powell’s memo by both U.S. political parties culminating in the deregulation of industry, outsourcing of jobs and regressive taxation. All of which led us to the global financial crisis of 2008 and the continued dismantling of the American middle class.”

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