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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. Johnson's 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 Johnson's and his subjects' knowledge and humor shine. And he's 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. Johnson's 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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Released: April 29, 2006
Genres: Documentary
Countries: USA
Director: Jamie Johnson
Actors: John Lewis Kevin Phillips Larry Noble Ralph Nader

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Posted by trillionaire 3 years, 4 months ago
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Now you know why the majority are poor the majority dont think as evidenced by the moronic comments.

Posted by psntist 3 years, 5 months ago
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the richest, most powerful people in the country make up one percent of the entire population. we'd certainly like to be a part of that special group, unfortunately most of us are not. but decisions in government which affect our lives are pretty much in their hands. how do we balance that? great film.

Posted by coolnet12see 3 years, 5 months ago
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This is a good documentary !

Posted by ishifoster 3 years, 1 month ago ( Edited 3 years, 1 month ago )
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Its unfair,its unjust,it's absurd yet still it changes nothing! Our government is a free agency that acts on the basis of "what can you do for me" and "where's the money." This is life... though as unequal as it may seem gets harder and harder as each day end to keep what little (Medicare,social security) we have. I have(through my own ignorance) once flt what it was like to have nothing to be in the poor house, to go without the bare needs and i have the upmost respect to anyone who puts on their clothes each morning and works hard for there living! This is a doc that basically tells you what most people (well at least the ones who read or watches Beverly hill lol) what they already know. A good one time watch.

Posted by kantfail 3 years, 1 month ago
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If anyone can share with me more documentaries that give an insight into the rich I'd really appreciate it.

Posted by znmcmhn 3 years, 5 months ago
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Excellent amateur doc. And it holds unarguable truth. As complex as the problem is. It clearly shows that nothing is really being done about disparity. As mentioned, People of the lesser extent from poor communities are being displaced. I would like to question whether these poorer communities become better off in the fast time. Hopefully so ?.......But seriously....... The disparity is clearly not a money problem,.........Or is it?.....Hmmmmmm........The US is $15 Trillion in debt......What will the Rich do when the poorer cant get any poorer?

Posted by tstarx_6453 3 years, 5 months ago
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thats because short of doing the french ppl did & the ''peasants'' rising up & overthrowing the elite there is no other way

Posted by plasticbeach420 3 years, 5 months ago
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I really liked this documentary. It didn't go nearly in depth as others but it does offer the rare opportunity to glimpse at the thought processes and inner workings of the uber rich with an access that most people could not attain (yes, including us lower percent criminals ;D) The documentary doesn't offer any real answers or solutions to the problem of the increasing wealth gap. Instead, I think it ultimately asks the viewer to question the ways in which we can go about fixing our society so that we can improve the quality of life for the ninety-something percent us. It's nice to see that the absolute wealth of Johnson & Johnson hasn't necessarily corrupted absolutely. And just remember, "the world has enough for everybody's needs, but not for one's greed."

Posted by cabigdeal 3 years ago
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I found this documentary to be insightful and interesting, but I thought that J.Johnson was only scratching the surface of this problem. He has unique access to interview some of the major players of this problem, but he seems to lack the necessary economic education to properly interview his subjects; he doesn't know how to push his subjects with the right follow-up questions to either elicit more response or to argue their logic. For example, when his family accountant reprimands and disparages his project, Johnson fails to fight back. WHY?, he should be asking the accountant, WHY do you think this a bad idea? Explain to me a concrete example of what you think i'm doing wrong? It was the accountant, more than anyone else, who I think would have provided the most provocative answers if he had been properly questioned. Same thing when he interviewed Friedman. When Friedman stated that the poor's income has gone up, Johnson should have pointed out though, that when you adjust that to inflation, not much has changed, or in fact may be worse. Johnson was ill-prepared for that interview and missed a golden opportunity to expose the major flaws of one of the most revered and mistaken economic theories that this country has ever embraced. The father was the most tragic character. He seemed even less educated about money than his son. You get the sense that he wants to help his son, but long ago he made a decision not to risk his personal stake in the family money by investigating how the family maintains the money. It's a very sad paradox he survives within. Overall, especially now during the Occupy Wall Street movement, this documentary is thought-provoking and enlightening. I applaud Johnson's moxie and courage; he risks enormous personal loss by bravely attacking a machine that could chew him up and spit him out without blinking an eye. I hope he continues to explore this subject matter because The American Dream seems more elusive than ever to the average Joe and it's easy to be discouraged by the corrupt and overwhelming odds average Americans must face just to get their fair share of the pie.

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Posted by mnem360 3 years, 3 months ago
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@Salisbury haha really? Where the fuck do you live? Poor are ALWAYS blame for being poor and uneducated. If a rich person buys an iPod no one cares, but if a poor person does, people ask "how can she/he afford that if he/she is on welfare?" Trust me there is EXTENSIVE research on this in the social science fields. Go to your college/local bookstore and find them. It will help you understand who is really being oppressed. Gosh people are so fucking ignorant.

Posted by unbeliever 3 years, 4 months ago
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the synopsis is: nothing will ever change. At least nothing if we wait for the richer to think about it. From this doc it does appear clear that it is more the fear of collateral retort and ostracism than anything else. The only other solution is that there is a much more greater power like superalien government stuff going on in this planet. Rich ppl should not get wage if they work. There should be a limit to how many much money a ppl could have. That would be funny. It would be worser but funnier

Posted by interrestrial 2 years, 11 months ago
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Shotty documentary laced with good intentions. The solution is to get rid of capitalism.. it doesn't work, plain and simple. Either that, or apply limits to how much one can own. I mean, nowadays the problem is, almost everything is a monopoly, seriously. So again, the most effective way of dealing with the problem at hand, and around the world, is to scrap capitalism! It just doesn't work.. when are we going to move on?

Posted by trillionaire 3 years, 5 months ago ( Edited 3 years, 5 months ago )
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Milton beat the sh*t out of Jamie. Jamie had better be careful about compromising the safety of his family by exposing them to unwanted and dangerous pulicity. I remember the son of a banker in NY who was murdered by one of the students he taught because they thought his apartment would be filled with goodies. Among the one percent their are criminals and among the low percent there are folk who will kill him just out of hatred for him. jamie seems a little naive, he got sued by one of his so called friends he better be careful one of those he sympathizes with does him in. you cant help but like Jamie.

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