This new film isn't some cookie-cutter analysis of Islamic terror. There is no "Bring it on" bumper sticker sloganeering to appease conservative ideologues. In fact, there's no appeasing of either side.
Political opponents of Obama contended that a criminal investigation diverted BP's attention from efforts to plug the well. The prospect of being prosecuted criminally may even have strengthened BP's effort to get matters under control.
A colleague with an encyclopedic knowledge of the economy told me recently that he did not have a good feel for energy deregulation. My friend thought its obscurity may have been planned by the industry.
Whether human beings can regain some choice over their technological and institutional "creations" is doubtful. We've created a world so complex and fragmented that sane or enlightened governance seems impossible.
It would all be very amusing if their antics -- "God's work," as Goldman's CEO Lloyd Blankfein described it not long ago -- hadn't cost the country trillions of dollars, and many Americans their jobs, homes and pensions. Not so funny.
I decided I needed to do something instead of just sitting around complaining about how we were getting ripped off by Wall Street, so I threw my two cents into the debate about the economy by writing my first Huffington Post blog.
Criminal behavior. No trust. Reputation destroyed. No customers. I expect Goldman Sachs to be out of business by the end of this year and maybe before the November election. That's just my opinion, of course.
After all the suffering caused by the massive layoffs and home foreclosures that have devastated communities, the best our elite journalists can do is tell us that they have no way to discern who is lying and who is telling the truth?
As bankers fight to defeat tough new rules on derivatives, all their sloganeers can come up with is that serious rules will send this business overseas. It'd be funny if Congress weren't taking it seriously.
As Obama today returns to Cooper Union to reprise his arguments for financial regulatory reform, we know this: whatever the ultimate legal merits of the SEC's case against Goldman Sachs, the political impact now will be a game changer.