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“The Story Of Broke” Highlights Economic Mistakes [Video]

Annie Leonard and Free Range Studios, the creative minds behind “The Story of Stuff,” “The Story of Electronics,” and other videos about consumerism and sustainability, have struck again.

Their latest release, “The Story of Broke,” taps into what has become a very popular meme over the last few months: America’s busted economy and corrupt political system.

Despite the fact that unemployment is at an all time high, and it’s harder than ever for small businesses to get the financial support they need to succeed, Leonard points out that the United States isn’t broke. In fact, we’re the richest country on the planet and a country in which the richest among us are doing exceptionally well.

“But,” she acknowledges, “our economy is broken, producing more pollution, greenhouse gasses and garbage than any other country. In these and so many other ways, it just isn’t working.”

Watch the video below to hear some viable solutions.

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.


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4:47AM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

Thank you for the info.

7:37AM PDT on Jul 10, 2012


6:15PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012


5:35PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

Thanks for the info.

12:18AM PST on Feb 25, 2012

Thanks for the article.

8:59PM PST on Dec 1, 2011

great video, very true for the situation in the US, Canada, and the UK.

10:18AM PST on Nov 14, 2011

Love Annie! Thanks!!

7:30AM PST on Nov 14, 2011


6:44AM PST on Nov 14, 2011

The one thing they left out was FOX news, ABC, NBC,etc etc....People believe the lies that these corporate-run media. I hear the people mouthing these propaganda news-bites all the time. Keeping this country's people 'entertained' with indignant editorials about the money we send overseas to help in disaster relief, or UN dues, or - well you know the drill. That means the things talked about in this film are lost in the shuffle. Quite a clever ploy.

The truth is there - it's getting past the opinions and prejudices that have been fed to the people and teaching them how they are being fleeced - and it isn't from the Chinese, or the money we send for humanitarian purposes.
It is right here in the Congress and Senate building; it's in the Pentagon; it's on Wall Street, that is one vehicle for the take over of our government on all levels - from the local to the national; it's in the organizations and departments that have been built on lies and greed.

But how do you make people aware? How many will see and believe what's in this film, realize the problem is in our own back yard and actually do something about it? Well, this is the gift of those brave souls who have joined the Occupy Wall Street movement, the the pipeline protesters, and the Bradley Manning supporters, and all the others who are bringing awareness to the public and a forum for action! Taking your money out of corporate banks is a huge step! We're sending a powerful message. We need to keep looki

3:33AM PST on Nov 11, 2011

I dont know why America chose not to learn from the russian and British experiences in Afghanistan. War in Afghanistan broke up Russia after it also went bankrupt.

War is expensive if not entirely unnecessary. And it alwys has the same consequences for warring countries. Afghanistan had nothing to lose to begin with and America had nothing significant to gain.

Thats what most tax dollars bought. More troops, more bombs, more bullets, more deaths, more unemployment, more outsourcing of US jobs, more debt and more interest.

And now "more" is needed as America prepares for another war on Iran. When and how is anyone going to learn?

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