The One Percent (2006)
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The One Percent 2006

The One Percent: In this hard-hitting but humorous documentary, director Jamie Johnson takes the exploration of wealth that he began in Born Rich one step further. The One Percent, refers to the tiny percentage of Americans who control nearly half the wealth of the U.S. Johnsons thesis is that this wealth in the hands of so few people is a danger to our very way of life. Johnson captures his story through personal interviews with Robert Reich, Adnan Khashoggi, Bill Gates Sr., and Steve Forbes, during which both Johnsons and his subjects knowledge and humor shine. And hes not afraid to butt heads with Milton Friedman, the economist who coined the term the trickledown effect. He also shows how the other half lives, using real-world examples of the wealth gap: he takes a tour of a dilapidated housing project in Chicago, rides around with an enlightened taxi driver, and sees the human toll of the unfair economics of the Florida sugar industry. Johnsons film is at its most powerful when it reveals how the super-rich work to preserve their own monetary dominance. As a member of the Johnson & Johnson family, he gets rare access to an exclusive wealth conference at which the über rich learn strategies for preserving their fortunes, and learns the personal management styles of some of the countries wealthiest employers. No great society has survived such a massive wealth gap; who knows if ours will?

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Jamie Johnson
John Lewis Kevin Phillips Larry Noble Ralph Nader
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