Ben Stein Is In a New Documentary…

The American Family Association is putting out a documentary called Fed Up: The Uncertainty of America’s Future, presumably about the Federal Reserve and the financial markets and greed and money. There’s no IMDB information on it. It’s practically unsearchable online (at least that’s what my Google searches told me). It’s not even on the AFA’s own website or online store. It may very well exist as a figment of the AFA’s collective imagination, something you would pretty much expect a Christian right group to be pretty damn good at.

And it features Ben Stein, the King of Misleading Documentaries:

Did you catch Stein’s line?

Once you throw God out the window — say there’s no place for God in the Republic — then anything goes.

That’s why we’re in a recession, apparently. We defenestrated Jesus and God is angry. Or maybe we said no to the Ten Commandments at public schools and that led to the housing markets crashing. Who knows. It’s Ben Stein. It’s not supposed to make sense.

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  • ortcutt

    Oil companies, coal companies, and big banks have to get the Jebus rubes to vote on their behalf somehow. 

  • Larry Meredith

    Well it’s just a proven fact that secularism is directly linked to rising oil prices and financial collapse. Invoke god’s name everywhere within government and suddenly the markets rise and water levels descend. That’s just simple economics.

  • ANNtastic

    Religious themes of the documentary aside, the Federal Reserve really IS a sham.

  • PJB863

    Defenestration is nothing compared with what happened last time….

  • ortcutt

     In what way?  Why? 

  • Stephen

    As a Christian, this makes me want to hurl….

  • Alex

    More stupid bullshit from Ben Stein. Wooooooow…

  • Reginald Selkirk

     No cat, no cradle.

  • Marco Conti

    Calling anything with Ben Stein in it “Documentary” is a misnomer. A better word would be  “Imaginary” or “Bullshitary”.

  • Marco Conti

    I keep hearing this, but few really explain the reason why and absolutely no one manages to come up with a replacement that makes any sense. 
    Just saying “down with teh fed” means noting unless there is a realistic alternative. What I heard so far is just as probable as an alien invasion.

  • Gus Snarp

    Explain to me the economic mechanism by which a complex modern economy is improved by removing the lender of last resort.

  • ANNtastic
  • ortcutt

     Oh, FSM help us.  Please do yourself a favor and pick up a reputable monetary theory textbook.  You’re not going to learn anything from Zeitgeist movies. 

  • J S

    This is old and there is a new version which I found interesting but I am not an economist….

  • ortcutt

     That’s a Larouche video.  You know that right?  Basic economics isn’t hard.  Skeptical, inquisitive people should be able to pick up an monetary theory book and understand it.  There’s no reason to live in a conspiracy theory fantasy world.

  • J S

    Do you have a monetary theory book that you would recommend?

  • Richard Wade

    Once you throw God out the window — say there’s no place for God in the Republic — then anything goes.

    Once you let God in the back door, say that God sanctions everything the government wants to do — then anything goes.

  • DougI

    Stein thought the Bush tax cuts were a great idea, pretty much shows you his qualifications to speak on economic issues.  Any Milton Friedman followers should just be laughed at when they think they are competent on economic issues.

  • Nazani14

    So this is what his career has come to?