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.
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