Prince was wildly transgressive, yet was also a remarkably unifying icon for an entire generation, a genius not only musically but also in how he lived. He ignored every convention long before such fluidity was popular. After becoming wildly successful, he evaded many pitfalls of rock star fame – but succumbed to others, which tragically […]

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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 with it – then our children will pay dearly.  But Donald Trump doesn’t care […]

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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 I could be fair. CNN […]

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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 pattern, rather than some kind […]

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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 surprising, and disturbing, portion of the film was its […]

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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 competing with many other people, backed by large organizations. […]

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