Liberty Bound

Liberty Bound takes an entertaining look at America’s ongoing struggle to keep a comfortable balance between democracy, capitalism, and fascism. This is a film about historic events that shape history. It is a film about courage and fear; ignorance and knowledge; propaganda and rhetoric.

Christine set out to answer these questions on her quest across America: What is fascism and why does that word increasingly appear in the alternative and foreign media when referencing the United States? Are we losing our civil liberties? Is our very constitution and Bill of Rights in jeopardy? Do Americans know what their government is doing? How much of the daily news is well-disguised propaganda?

Through original footage, archived footage, and interviews with people such as Howard Zinn, Michael Parenti, and Michael Ruppert, Liberty Bound explores the state of the union and its ostensible move toward fascism. We talk with people who have been interrogated by the Secret Service and threatened with arrest for doing such benign things as sending an email, turning around during a Bush speech, and having a philosophical discussion on a train.

Christine also explores the unanswered questions surrounding the attacks of 9/11, and she takes a closer look at the timeline of that terrible day. She examines the US Government’s reasons for going to war with Afghanistan and Iraq. She also delves into the accusations that the Bush Administration knew about the 9/11 attacks and their warlike agenda is actually centered on oil.

Finally, she studies the elements of previous empires and fascist states as compared to recent occurrences in the United States: the loss of civil liberties, police brutality, homeland security, etc. Liberty Bound leaves us with the question: “Is the United States bound for liberty – or does it just have liberty bound?

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  • AnarchoRationalist

    A fairly bad documentary. It doesn’t add anything particularly profound to the discussion, it merely reiterates common left-wing rhetoric regarding politics and the bush administration.

    They talk about the bush administration’s “theft” of the 2000 election, which is kind of irrelevant, when you consider that a good 50% give or take voted for him. He can’t be held as illegitimate and counter to the will of the people when half the people supported his campaign.

    They also assert that oil, or control of oil prices, is the ulterior motive for the Iraq war. There are a number of arguments against oil as an ulterior motive, this is kind of a platitude at this point, and ignore more profound collective psychological explanations for war.

    They conflate democracy with liberty, which demonstrates a confused internal philosophy. They also mildly criticize “capitalism” but fail to criticize democracy. Can I criticize democracy, is that one of the great things about being in a democracy? Or is that one of the great things about being free?

    I am struck by the irony in the way that these democrats are reacting to the “tea party” movement. Here are some republicans finally becoming concerned about the violation of the constitution, and their civil rights, and the left just turns on them? Clearly, when your team is in control your perspective on fascism changes.

  • Freedomfighter

    My sincere american friend, 4 points about your comment:

    1. The Bush election:
    The canditade with the majority of votes wins the presidency. Whether he leads with 1% or 50%. One must mention that the other candidate had about 50% of the votes,too. And since the votes never were counted out correctly, one might very well assume the Bush did only won this election by publishing it on the media (fox-news) not by the most votes. Very undemocratic, indeed.

    2. The Iraq-oil-war.
    You have no, and I mean absolutely NO IDEA what you are talking about here. The problems originated in the founding of the OPEC and the rules for searchíng oil. A forgery of the annual oil-drilling quotas by Kuweit led to the first gulf war in the end. with this war the american public learned that its much more fun to kick the middle east peoples asses than to accept rising oil prices. The second gulf war only had one simple goal: to control the Oil reserves of iraq. Not more, not less. There where no weapons of mass destruction.

    3. Freedom
    Both, my dum friend, both. Democracy means freedom of speech (and critizism of course) AND beeing literally free. It also means to TOLERATE the freedom of other people, even if its not freedom the fuckin american way.

    4. Facism in America
    If you google or wiki the attributes of a facism, you might as well come to the conclusion that it is part of the american society. But on the other hand by these measures that occurs to other countries, too; f.i. for russia, china or north corea.

    Think before you write next time, buddy.

    • pwndecaf

      You are wrong on point 1. You need to win the electoral college vote. The popular vote is a factor, and it does tend to coincide with the electoral college outcome, but as we have seen, it is not the deciding factor and does not have to be true.

      Point 4 may be true, but it isn’t right. I do not want corporations running this country. Just because it always (almost) has been that way doesn’t make it right. Corporations as people is just such an example of corporations getting more of a voice than they deserve.

  • denbenenki

    49% to 51%
    1. Election was close, but we lost.
    2. Election was close, we should have won.
    3. Election was close, I think we did win.
    4. Election wasn’t close, how did they win?
    5. Obama. Did we finally win?