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Movie Review: America: Freedom to Fascism

Alternate Title: Taxation Without Explanation

Story: Is there anyone who likes to pay taxes? I think not. But most us think we understand why we have to pay them. Or do we? Produce Aaron Russo (The Rose, Trading Places) was dead set upon finding the law that says we have to pay income tax. (Spoiler alert: there is no such law). And so we find this very interesting, filled with facts, film.

The viewpoint is non-partisan (he sort of treats everyone as an equal opportunity sleaze bag in Washington). He methodically exposes the systematic erosion of civil liberties since 1913 when the Federal Reserve system was fraudulently created. My favorite line was ' the Federal Reserve Bank is as much a part of the Federal Government as Federal Express.

Did you know the Federal Reserve was a private agency. A quasi-governemtnal entity? I sure didn't. We learn who these honchos are and what Russo thinks is their ultimate goal (it does not include you or me).

With many talking heads and interviews, including a U.S. Congressmen, a former IRS Commissioner, former IRS and FBI agents, tax attorneys and authors, Russo delivers info on money creation, federal income tax, and the national identity card which becomes law in May 2008.

I wish he had stayed with the money premise but about an hour into the film the laundry list of other Governmental intrusions including voting rights erosion, computerized ballots, micro chip implants, the thuggish tactics of the IRS and the Patriot Act flaws.

This is an important film that should be seen by every tax paying citizen. For more info on the Federal Reserve, check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Reserve

Acting: Not applicable in a documentary.

Predilection: I like documentaries

Opening Titles: The opening titles go on for quite awhile into the film. Some are pretty funny.

Theater Audience: I saw a screening of this film with other reviewers.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: I squirmed at how we have all been duped.

Drift Factor: I did not drift but wished the film was a bit tighter.

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Oh go for the big screen and rant with other tax paying folk.

Length: Under two hours.

LOBO HOWLS: 6