Since the 90s, American businesses have been funnelling massive amounts of money to China and its factories/workers. Microsoft, etc. have channeled a lot of work that was once done in the US to China, which has essentially shut down many of the factories that once made the US powerful, essentially transferring untold wealth and power to China. SO now that we are threatening to stop trade with China, it seems a little late – in all likelihood, China is more financially powerful than we are at this point in time. The time to make those feelings known was in 2000, not 2016 🙂
Wife M and I watched “Hell or High Water.” I loved it.
On its own, it was an attention-holding story. I worried about the two boys (whether they’d get caught when they were trying to take care of their family), the two rangers (when the one was just a few months from retiring I had a suspicious there would be a potentially-tragic showdown) and the people along the way. I was rooting for the boys to pull themselves out of debt, but also for the likable police officers (who reminded me of the two DEA agents in “Breaking Bad” and/or the two Sheriffs in “No Country For Old Men”).
It also had many great social comments. It mentions poverty (“like a disease”) and small towns dying and humans being controlled by the bank. There was definitely a point that a bank could take advantage of an impoverished old woman and that is legal, but two men robbing that same bank to protect the old woman’s land was not. Or that it was humorous for the Ranger that the waitress was upset she’d lost her $200 tip to evidence, even after she’d made the comment she was trying to keep a roof over her family’s heads. Also, in old Westerns you got the sense that American towns were on the path towards growth and prosperity, but in this “modern western” you got the sense that American towns were decrepit and dying.
We live in an age where exploding wage inequality will mean the vast majority of Americans will not have the money to cover illness and old age, and so will do things like take reverse mortgages for pennies on the dollar to cover those costs, which means the wealthy (who give the money for these reverse mortgages) will continue to take a larger share of the pie (e.g. houses for pennies on the dollar) all the while justifying this. (This was actually one of the root causes of The French Revolution – the wealthy were foreclosing on the poor, who were struggling to cover the rising costs). It’s not fair and is a huge flaw in the system, and the movie points all this out very well.
I’d love to watch this movie again. I was too busy enjoying the story and noticing the social commentary to look for other things (symbols, etc.).
Bill Gates is worth 90B dollars, but he also looks 90 years old at the fairly young age of 60. I personally wouldn’t want that much money if I looked as old and tired as he does at such a young age (something I started noticing 10 years ago). He — and others — might disagree, but when I look at him I see a man whose infamous work weeks in his 20s and 30s have extracted a heavy toll on him.
On a related note, he is now worth 90B. That is nuts. Every single one of us in the 99% should be ashamed that we’ve allowed our government to allow one of us to have 90B, when there are so few people with anything at all and so many of our social programs have evaporated the past few decades. Please note, I hold myself just as responsible as anyone else on this.
Gucci shops. Ferraris parked in valet spots. fountains. Not a care in an artificial world. Barf! So faux life and ostentatious.
According to Seattle Times article today (assuming secondary source): Two-thirds of Americans in a poll say they would have difficulty coming up with $1,000 to cover an emergency. Yikes! Honestly, I blame our government and Corporate America for that.