We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up
Memorable political films & videos
* The Battle of Algiers* The Act of Killing
* Operation Gladio - Full 1992 documentary BBC
* 1971* Il Postino (1995)
* Inside The CIA: On Company Business (1980) Parts 1 - 3 COMPLETE
* The Wind That Shakes the Barley
* Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
* The Agronomist
* Comedy of Power
* The Official Story
* State of Siege
* The Empire in Africa
* Dr. Strangelove
* When the Mountains Tremble
* The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
* The End of Poverty?
* Plunder: The Crime of Our Time
* Blood Diamonds (History Channel)
* The Reflecting Pool (9/11)
* The One Percent
* The Lives of Others
* The Men Who Killed Kennedy (BBC series)
* Winter Soldier
* Zeitgeist: Addendum | 2008
* Inside Job
* Fair Game
* The Quiet American (2002)
* Slavery By Another Name (PBS)
* Land and Freedom
* On History: Tariq Ali and Oliver Stone in
* La Commune
* Money as Debt I & II
* Bel Ami
* The Power Principle
* Hannah Arendt
* ZERO: An Investigation into 9-11
* Margin Call
* Monsieur Verdoux (Charlie Chaplin)
* The Constant Gardner
* The Big Short
* Goldman Sachs: The Bank That Runs the World
* Jimmy's Hall
* Counter-intelligence (5 online films)
* The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
* The House on Coco Road
* What Happened, Miss Simone?
* Wormwood - A Netflix series of six episodes that leads to a likely
explanation of biological warfare scientist Frank Olson's death in 1953.
* Hidden Agenda - A fictional illustration of an operation conducted by the Empire's Deep State.
* The Last Flag Flying - A masterpiece by director Richard Linklater about war in our era.
* Hollywood is a Collapsing Covert Operation
* The Spider's Web: Britain's Second Empire (Documentary)
* CIA Documentary: On Company Business  FULL [Remaster]
* The Matrix
* Kill the Messenger
* Glengarry Glen Ross (1983)
* Plutocracy V: Subterranean Fire
* Sean Gervasi: How US Caused Breakup of USSR (I recommend following a transcript at the end of this article.
* Reds (1981) (I can't vouch for the characters of Louise Bryant or John Reed, but the general scenes were authentically portrayed.)
* Rosa Luxemburg (Margarethe von Trotta 1986)
* Official Secrets (2019) A British docudrama about a whistleblower who was legally harassed for betraying secrets about the Iraq war in 2003.