His sister is Geri Palast. About his childhood Palast wrote his desire to expose class-warfare stories is rooted in his upbringing in the "ass-end of Los Angeles," a neighborhood wedged between a power plant and a dump. Kids in the neighborhood had two choices, he said: go to Vietnam or work in the auto plant. He was saved from the war by a favorable draft number. Palast said about high school: "Basically they were melting my brain, and I had to save myself.
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While Palast, who has been on these kinds of issues since before has done a lot of investigating, there is something about what he says of the way he says it that undercuts his message.
He blabbers on like a derelict, but if you listen you begin to see what he is getting at. The points are that he sees monied interests in the US as trying to remove people they do not like from the election roles so they cannot vote. That seems bad, and it is bad according to our democracy meme which says that everyone can vote.
But the examples he uses are often talking with people to feeble to think or to know what is going on. I am for everyone voting, in fact I think it ought to be a law as it is in Australia, but if someone cannot git it together to get an ID, or to verify their registration how much sympathy am I supposed to have for them?
Finally, after all that talk Palast really starts the movie at roughly the 30 minute mark with a history of the Koch family, and how they initially stole their money from the Indians, Native Americans, and how they had the help of Bob Dole to do that. This segment of the movie shows how old crimes created old money which took over our system and still runs it today to a large extent. It is a clear and logical story, which not much of the rest of this movie is.
In my opinion Palast spends too much time on these election shenanigans for the simple reason that if someone wants to vote if they take the time to see it through they can vote.
I actually think that voter ID would make our elections better, but perhaps some help could be given such as having the state governments which run the elections have to pay for it. This movie is not really entertaining or funny.
It might have been 20 years ago, but there is too much going on and it goes to quick to really explain well the issues that he is trying to cast light on, and he spends too much time looking at the wrong issues with the wrong people. Was this review helpful to you?
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American elections are manipulated, British parliamentarians are bribed, scientific research is financed by companies who are interested parties, energy crises are rigged, and a score of other varieties of modern-day sleaze. Palast, an American who writes for The Guardian and The Observer of London, has the uncanny knack of turning up at the wrong place at the right time. This is by now a well-known story, thanks to Palast, who adds a lot of details to it in the book. And that was good enough for the mainstream media. The IMF and the rest of the international financial mafia are a favorite target in the book.
GREG PALAST FILM: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
While Palast, who has been on these kinds of issues since before has done a lot of investigating, there is something about what he says of the way he says it that undercuts his message. He blabbers on like a derelict, but if you listen you begin to see what he is getting at. The points are that he sees monied interests in the US as trying to remove people they do not like from the election roles so they cannot vote. That seems bad, and it is bad according to our democracy meme which says that everyone can vote.
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