Paul Wheaton and Jocelyn Campbell review the film, Thrive. They also mention the graphic novel by Derrick Jensen, “As the World Burns: 50 simple things you can do to stay in denial.” Jack Spirko’s listeners and Transition Town groups would possibly be aligned with this movie. Foster Gamble, the main speaker in the film, explains his journey questioning why humans haven’t been thriving, and shares his discoveries, how they are all connected, and his thoughts on what we need to do. The film gets into some uncomfortable territory for many – including free energy, extra-terrestrials, and the power dynamics playing in the world today. He goes through all the things that are being controlled right now: energy, food, education, and health care. He walks through a pyramid of who-answers-to-whom. Vandana Shiva talks about GMOs, patenting seed, and free trade treaties. An interviewee talks about the National Education Association: how it is ultimately controlled, and how in 12 years of schooling, we indoctrinate our populace to follow orders from anyone in authority. The film talks about the cultural importance of being “normal.” The American Medical Association is controlled by the same families. Cures for cancer have been called “quack science.” Dr. Rife had a resonance device that killed cancer, and he and others with transformational discoveries have been silenced by their labs being burned down, their being confronted/attacked/threatened to discontinue their work, or their assassination. In the realm of free energy, the direct current generator, “the dynamo” by Adam Trombly, was taken in a government raid. Essentially, if the information on the availability of free energy got out to the masses, the oil companies would lose trillions of dollars. The film explains the “torus,” a dynamic pattern in nature represented around the earth, in weather patterns, around human individuals, and around the atom, as well as the work of Nikola Tesla, who was shut down by J.P. Morgan. The film talks about debt slavery and the history of money and banking. It explains the federal reserve, which is not an arm of the government, but a private institution which does not take orders from anybody. David Icke explains how money is loaned into existence, and John Perkins, a former economic hit man, explains how he would go into countries when new leaders were elected, and threaten their lives if they did not comply with the big players and their agendas. The film goes into the extremes the US has gone to, especially recently, in the name of Homeland Security, including some rather "police state" things. This includes how much they track and know about every individual, (achieved through various means), the ability to detain and torture anyone considered “a terrorist” (the qualifications of which are very broad), and the existence of extremely large and empty detainment camps and shackled railcars across the country. Foster offers a liberty perspective – a nonviolation way of operating. Paul Hawken talks about the hope we have with so many people working for a better world. Vandana Shiva talks about freedom zones, which are popping up all across India and Europe. Foster and his partner, Kimberly, end the film with 9 things we can do: 1)network 2)bank locally 3)buying and investing responsibly 4)end the federal reserve 5)keep the internet open, supporting independent media 6)supporting organic and non-gmo foods 7)support election and campaign finance reform 8)advocating renewable energy 9)have critical mass actions. Foster talks about independent thought and coming back to your truth in the center of your torus – true north. Paul feels that the film reinforced to him the power of permaculture and homesteading.
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