The Good Human may be focused mainly on environmental issues, but long-time readers know I am never hesitant to touch on those progressive political issues I think are important. And right now, we have an important election coming up in a few short months and it’s time to get excited and motivated.
So if you are a hardcore Republican – or at least someone who thinks Romney is an actual Conservative and truly deserves to be President – then this list may not be for you. For everyone else, this list of some of the best political documentaries on Netflix should float your boat. They are all available on Netflix Instant, meaning you can stream them right to your computer or television without having to wait for DVDs to arrive at your door.
Check them out:
The Billionaires’ Tea Party – Filmmaker Taki Oldham imbeds himself in the Tea Party groups Americans for Prosperity and Freedomworks, revealing how corporations engineered these “Astroturf” organizations designed to look like organic grassroots movements.
The Best Government Money Can Buy? – Just how influential are lobbyists? Francis Megahy writes and directs this absorbing documentary about lobbyists’ role in American politics, the far-reaching implications of their spending on elections and their threat to democracy. In addition to exploring case studies from several industries such as health care and energy, the film features insights from Capitol Hill insiders, former White House officials and more.
Freedom Fries: And Other Stupidity We’ll Have to Explain to Our Grandchildren – Patriotism and consumerism march lockstep in American culture — or so attests this documentary that examines the measures Americans have been encouraged to take to support their troops abroad. From the anti-French stances adopted during the run-up to Iraq (think eating “freedom fries” and “freedom toast”) to waving Chinese-made American flags, the film shows that what we buy has everything to do with what we believe to be true about our country.
Outrage – Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Kirby Dick sets out to expose the hypocrisy of gay politicians who passionately criticize the LGBT community in public while concealing their own sexual orientation.
Koch Brothers Exposed – From environmental pollution to their efforts to dismantle social security for working Americans, the Koch Brothers have launched a large network, attacking American values. This revealing film investigates the 1% in America at its very worst.
Waiting for “Superman” – Dynamic documentarian Davis Guggenheim weaves together stories about students, families, educators and reformers to shed light on the failing public school system and its consequences for the future of the United States.
No End in Sight – This Oscar-nominated documentary from filmmaker Charles Ferguson examines the decisions that led to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and the handling of the subsequent occupation by President George W. Bush and his administration. Featuring detailed analysis and exclusive interviews with central players, the film pulls no punches as it chronicles the twists and turns America took on the path to war.
Frontline: Breaking the Bank – With an eye on the financial crisis that sent Wall Street reeling in the midst of the 2008 presidential election, this penetrating edition of “Frontline” investigates what went wrong, who’s to blame and how long it will take to repair the damage. Specifically, the program looks at the role of so-called “superbanks” and other players in the housing market’s soaring fortunes — and its ultimately devastating decline.
Houston, We Have a Problem – Taking viewers inside America’s oil industry, this documentary from director Nicole Torre goes straight to the source to get the skinny on the global energy crisis and the voracious American appetite for oil that’s fueling it.
End of the Road – Chronicling the current state of the global economy, this sobering documentary also asks influential members of the finance and investment communities for their predictions on the world’s financial future.
The Yes Men Fix the World – Two didactic pranksters known as the Yes Men — Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno — employ monkey business to highlight the political and economic shenanigans surrounding ecological catastrophes like the 1984 Union Carbide disaster in India.
Do you have some of your own favorites to add to this list of the best political documentaries on Netflix? I am always on the lookout for new documentaries to watch and would welcome your suggestions in the comment section below!