This film is something which the sound money community has been waiting for, for an incredibly long time; a piece of information which will reach the masses and coherently ‘lift the lid on how the global financial economy really works.’
The film is The Four Horsemen, produced by Renegade Economist. The film’s premise looks at The Four Horsemen - socially organised violence, debt, iniquity and poverty – and their control over our lives. Speaking to 23 ‘thinkers, advisors and Wall Street money-men’ the film asks ‘where can we go from here before we are dragged to a logical conclusion by the four horsemen?’
The 3 clips we were shown were more than enough to get us all talking about the film after the conference. The animation to explain FIAT currency (a phrase which is often met with blank stares) was simple but brilliant. Very often a film which looks at historical events or issues of global concern, such as Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 or Morgan Spurlock’s Supersize Me, rarely look at the event from both sides of the coin. They pull in an audience by presenting a series of aggressive images and persuasive commentary.
Whilst I am yet to see The Four Horsemen all the way through, the impression I have from both the preview and the ‘cast’ list is that this will be a debate with several sides. The short clips we were shown demonstrated the weighting the film carries with its incredibly knowledgeable and experienced ‘cast’. Hugo Salinas-Price, James Turk and David Morgan are among the gold and silver bugs, whilst Gillian Tett and Max Keiser represent the market commentators and economists such as Joseph Stiglitz and Professor Michael Hudson represent the academia. But it is not just the ‘usual’ suspects who appear in this film; Noam Chomsky and Camila Batmangelidjh are examples of individuals whose viewpoints of the world from a social and human perspective are respected by governments and individuals all over the world. This well rounded ‘cast’ of contributors will no doubt provide the film with a huge amount of respect.
This film will answer far more questions than viewers ever realised they had. It reflects the current zeitgeist perfectly and encourages people to continue to hunt down the Four Horsemen. The zeitgeist of today is the growing unrest we see as a result of the snowballing financial crisis. This has spread from a small plaza in Madrid to protests and riots happening in several democracies namely the US, Greece and the UK. The zeitgeist is appearing under many guises – ‘Occupy’ or ‘Bank Transfer Day’ or even new prime ministers - but it is the one and the same thing.
There are too many occurrences which we take for granted, and too many decisions made for us which we no longer question – it is about time individuals removed the wool from their own eyes and realised the reality of what we face. We look at the recent ‘Arab Spring’ and praise the protesting citizens for their bravery and ability to speak out against the elite – surely it is time we have our own protest?
As Gillian Tett says in the film ‘most societies have an elite and the elite try and stay in power [they do this by controlling our cognitive map – the way we think.] Are we really now so hypnotized we only ask what will governments do rather than why they do it? I wonder if the masses do not question our situation because they feel it would open up a complex can of worms? But this need not be the case, as Prof. Simon Johnson says in the film’s trailer ‘You should not assume that because you do not have a background in economics or law that these issues are too complex for you – they’re not complex at all. It’s simple, it’s about power and democracy and you understand that just as well as I do.’
As Professor Herman Daly says in the film, ‘People are beginning to get angry but not nearly enough.’ I genuinely believe this film will provide viewers with some much needed answers and will encourage them to further research what has caused the four horsemen to bolt from the stable. How they can begin to change it and protect themselves from it? They have to start asking questions, if they don’t then the four horsemen, on their white, red, black and pale horses, will gather us up and ride off into the sunset.