Documentary of the Week: Four Horsemen

April 14th, 2014
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Econintersect: Over 1 million have viewed this revolutionary documentary in the seven months since it was posted on YouTube by the award winning author, director and producer, Ross Ashcroft, aka the Renegade Economist. There is no fanfare, bombast or propaganda in this epic film. It is a collection of some the greatest voices in sociological, political and economic thinking today.


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This film presents the thinking of hard money supporters, income and wealth redistributionists, systemic regulation proponents and free market backers. And the genius of the film is that they all flow together as if they were cast from the same intellectual mode. How can that be? It is because the film allows nothing that is not fact or fact based opinion.

Is this a film beyond criticism? Hardly. Peter Bradshaw (The Guardian) accused the film of "incendiary theorizing" (Econintersect disagrees) and "being short on the details". Econintersect thinks that the latter criticism is aimed at one of the strengths of the film.

Bradshaw also says the tone of the film is "patronising sometimes". Econintersect disagrees with that assessment as well.

If the film went further in the direction of specific details regarding solutions it would lose its primary strength of presenting the challenge of integrating the diverse facts and interpretative thinking presented. Doing what Bradshaw suggests would reduce the film to a narrow pedantic vehicle rather than a soaring challenge calling for transformative thinking.

John Lounsbury



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