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— Karl Marx

Culture Corner:
Argentina 1985; Video:
Age of Easy Money

Mar 20, 2023

Movie: Argentina 1985, 2022, streaming on Amazon Prime

This award-winning movie is a gripping fictionalized portrait of the prosecution of Argentina’s military junta leaders who oversaw the kidnapping, torture and murder of thousands of people without any trial or any due process. The military is no longer in power, but even though many allies of the military are still in the 1985 government, that government decides to prosecute nine military leaders and generals, all in one trial. The horrors are just too great and widespread to be allowed to be swept under the rug. Ricardo Darin as the prosecutor assembles a team, and in the face of ongoing death threats and harassment to his team and to the victims, they find almost a thousand cases where the victims or their family members are brave enough to be willing to step forward and give testimony. A film worth watching.

Video: Frontline’s Age of Easy Money, 2023, available for streaming on public television’s

This two-hour documentary deals with the current economic banking crisis and examines the events that led up to this point. It shines a spotlight on the policies of the Federal Reserve Bank, the Fed. With one economic crisis after another, it shows how the Fed intervened to solve the crises by flooding banks with practically interest-free money, no strings attached. This free money let banks continue to do risky speculative investments, which in turn brought the next even higher-stakes crisis. Documentary producer, director, and correspondent James Jacoby speaks to bank managers, politicians, authors, ordinary people, and experts, and leaves us to ponder the future.