One part I found one part particularly interesting was a speech by President Carter who warned about the dangers of a materialistic society in 1979:
A society in which people define themselves by what they own and consum will eventually lose its meaning and purpose. President Carter in 1979 foresaw the dangers of a materialistic society ruled by money.
Another part of the movie I found interesting was about a memo that Citigroup sent to its high net worth individuals in 2005. It described how USA has turned into a plutocracy (rule by wealthy) in which the top 1% has more wealth than the bottom 95% combined. The only threat to this plutocracy is democracy - one man one vote means the 99% of the people at the bottom control 99% of the votes. The only reason why the 99% put up with the income gap is the belief that they too can be one of the people in the top 1% if they work hard enough. The Citigroup memo is found here:
The movie traces what happened to ordinary American families over the past 2 decades and the bottomline is life got steadily worse under a highly capitalistic system in which leaders simply give in to the demands of big corporations . If the system does not change it is not difficult to predict what outcome will be for ordinary Americans in 20 years time. There are many similarities between what has happened in America and what is taking place here in Singapore. If change does not come soon, it is easy to predict what will happen to the ordinary Singaporeans in 20 years time.