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It is Indeed Time to Choose

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2016 | 1:16 PM


Americans will choose a new President this year, and that choice will literally change the future of life on Earth. The reason, of course, is climate change. If the United States government turns away from this problem - and from dealing...

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The Tragedy of Hillary Clinton (and Her Generation)

(610) Comments | Posted February 12, 2016 | 1:43 PM

No matter who wins the Democratic nomination, it is now utterly clear that the Clinton team disastrously misjudged the American electorate. This is not an accident. It derives from the Clintons' gradual evolution from idealists to hardened insiders, America's decline into crony capitalism, and the Democratic establishment's betrayal of its...

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Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Wall Street, and America 2.0

(133) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 6:21 PM

The stunning ascent of Bernie Sanders portends far more than a hard-fought Democratic primary. Its greater implication, whether Sanders wins or loses, is that America's crony capitalism will no longer go unchallenged. Thus Hillary Clinton and her husband, along with many others, are increasingly trapped by the wealth, credentials, and...

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It Really Is Time to Choose

(85) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 9:12 AM

For 48 hours starting at 9:30 am local time today, people around the world can watch and share Time To Choose, my latest documentary and a project I hope can help the world understand and address our common climate challenge.

This film started with a phone...

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Pourquoi je renonce à mon documentaire sur Hillary Clinton

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 10:22 AM

Fin 2012, j'ai été contacté par CNN pour réaliser un documentaire. Nous avons discuté d'un certain nombre de sujets potentiels, et nous nous sommes finalement mis d'accord sur Hillary Rodham Clinton. Le film serait ambitieux, polémique, et très visible. Mais je sentais que c'était important, que j'étais qualifié pour le...

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Why I Am Cancelling My Documentary on Hillary Clinton

(1271) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 8:22 AM

In late 2012, CNN Films approached me about directing a documentary. We discussed a number of potential subjects, and eventually settled on Hillary Rodham Clinton. The film would be ambitious, controversial, and highly visible. But I felt that it was important, that I was qualified to do it, and that...

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Romney's Other Credibility Problem: Glenn Hubbard

(1413) Comments | Posted October 27, 2012 | 8:50 AM

Mitt Romney has a credibility problem. He changes his beliefs like laundry (abortion, medical insurance, whether Bin Laden was worth killing, attacking Iran), refuses to disclose his tax returns, and won't explain how he could possibly pay for the tax cuts he proposes. But there is another scandal in Romney's...

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Banking Is a Criminal Industry Because Its Crimes Go Unpunished

(849) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 8:23 AM

Consider just this month's news in financial services.

First, Barclay's has been manipulating the Libor, the main interest rate upon which most other interest rates and financial transactions are based, since 2005. Moreover, Barclay's traders were colluding with traders in many other banks to assist them in manipulating the Libor...

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How Financial Criminalization Crashed the Economy, and the Culprits Got Off Scot-Free

(665) Comments | Posted May 23, 2012 | 12:30 AM

It is no exaggeration to say that since the 1980s, much of the American (and global) financial sector has become criminalized, creating an industry culture that tolerates or even encourages systematic fraud. The behavior that caused the mortgage bubble and financial crisis was a natural outcome and continuation of this...

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The Sellout of the Ivory Tower, and the Crash of 2008 (Excerpt)

(343) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 8:33 AM

Re-printed from Predator Nation: Corporate Criminals, Political Corruption, and the Hijacking of America; Copyright © 2012 by Charles Ferguson. Published by Crown Business, a division of Random House, Inc.


Many people who saw my documentary film about the 2008 economic crisis, Inside Job, found that the most...

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Toxic: Wall Street's Culture and Governance During the Bubble (Excerpt)

(257) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 8:39 AM

Re-printed from Predator Nation: Corporate Criminals, Political Corruption, and the Hijacking of America; Copyright © 2012 by Charles Ferguson. Published by Crown Business, a division of Random House, Inc.


One fascinating question about the financial crisis is how and why the CEOs of major banks...

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Let Them Eat Task Forces

(453) Comments | Posted February 4, 2012 | 7:30 AM

In his State of the Union speech, President Obama said and proposed many reasonable-sounding things. One of them was this:

We'll also establish a Financial Crimes Unit of highly trained investigators to crack down on large-scale fraud... financial firms violate major anti-fraud laws because there's no real penalty for...
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The Financial Crisis and America's Political Duopoly

(884) Comments | Posted November 12, 2010 | 2:31 PM

What unites the midterm election results, the Federal Reserve's decision to spend another $600 billion to keep interest rates down, the failure to address the foreclosure crisis, and America's worsening relations with its G-20 partners? And, more generally, what explains the Obama Administration's toothless response to the financial crisis, in...

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Summers Down, Fifty Odd More to Go

(172) Comments | Posted September 24, 2010 | 4:55 PM

Critics of the Obama administration's remarkably friendly policies towards Wall Street have recently been encouraged by the appointment of Elizabeth Warren and the announced departure of Larry Summers. Unfortunately, these two developments do not solve our problems, or even indicate that President Obama is interested in solving them.


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An End in Sight for Some, but Not Others

(73) Comments | Posted October 14, 2008 | 5:40 PM

Five years after the Bush administration destroyed most of Iraqi society, Iraq has finally begun to stabilize. Violence has declined sharply, and some semblance of normal daily life is returning to Baghdad and other Iraqi cities. John McCain, the Bush administration, and a number of neoconservative analysts argue that this...

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Making No End In Sight

(2) Comments | Posted August 2, 2007 | 9:53 AM

Making No End In Sight, my first film, was unquestionably one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

I first had the idea in 2004, and asked some senior people in the media what they thought. Almost unanimously, they said: don't do it, because you'll be...

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Do You Know What Really Happened In Iraq?

(59) Comments | Posted June 27, 2007 | 9:44 AM

As the Bush administration tells us that more troops will finally yield victory, the parallels between Vietnam and Iraq seem ever clearer: the mismanaged occupation of a profoundly different nation; the vast lies; the increasing desperation when reality can no longer be denied.

There are, however, two...

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