The War on Democracy

Never Believe Anything Until it's Officially Denied

95 minutes 9.3/10 based on 42 votes

A few years ago, George W. Bush stated “America will not impose our own style of living on the unwilling. Our goal instead is to help others to find their own voice, attain their own freedom, and make their own way.” Nevertheless the United States’ actions in Latin America are proof that exactly the opposite is true. This film by John Pilger is about the struggle of people to free themselves from a modern form of slavery. It describes how those with next to nothing show extraordinary strength and courage defending the most basic of human rights in a war being waged against all of us.

It was Richard M. Nixon who once said of Latin America that “people don’t give a shit about the place”. He was wrong because the plan of the United States of America as an empire was to take over and rule an entire continent, referred to contemptuously as ‘the back yard’.

The existence of an American empire is rarely acknowledged. It’s usually hidden behind a subtle arrogance that secretly believes that no country has a right to go its own way unless that way coincides with the interests of the United States. But empires have nothing to do with freedom; they are about conquest and control. Since 1945 the United States has attempted to overthrow 50 governments. In the process, 30 countries have been attacked and bombed taking the lives of countless civilians. The list is long and includes countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, and Venezuela.

The good news is that throughout Latin America, especially South America, people are fighting back. What Hugo Chavez started in Venezuela in 1999, has spread to other countries. There is now a host of leaders offering new beginnings. If these new leaders succumb, their biggest threat may not come from Washington, but from the people on the hillsides; the people who are fed up of being poor while the resources and riches of their countries are being stolen out of their hands and placed in the pockets of an elite group.

Chavez described it as an awakening. He quoted the words of Victor Hugo when he said that ‘there’s nothing quite as powerful as an idea whose time has come’. It’s time for the world to be ruled by laws of equality, justice, and fraternity.

The questions raised in this film demand urgent answers. Watch it now.

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  • maryadams_comments

    This is the truth. May democracy come to America, too.

  • awful_truth

    A great documentary that exposes an unchanging reality that few people in the west will ever acknowledge. Sadly, the struggle will likely never be won, or not until the technological tools of subjugation are eradicated. The irony is when day happens, the meek shall inherit the earth, or what is left of it. (no winners, only losers)

  • Syria

    Assad, Hussein, Gaddafi etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etcetc etc this list goes on and on and on.

  • Tim Garrett

    CHANGE IS COMMING…

  • Paul Fusca

    u know, this makes me sick. For the last month we have been bombarded with ‘lone wolf’ terrorist attacks,
    From Australia to Canada. How convenient that Obama is asking congress for funding for ONLY 3 years.
    In other words, a couple trillion dollars. What a scam. Can’t the world see this or at least the American people. Boy, what SHEEP

  • Jodie Smith

    Amazing film, very well put together. It is sad that American people have been lied to for so long and when the truth does come out we don’t do anything. Our govt is so corrupt and something has to change

  • ExRadioGuy15

    Here’s the deal, guys and gals: Right-Wing governments/political parties have and will always embrace Fascism. They can call it whatever they want, but, if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, etc.
    There’s no “rehabilitating” Fascist Conservatives, especially the politicians. All you can do is vote them out or revolt and overthrow them.
    So, the Republican Party in the US, the “Liberal” National Party in Australia and Canada, the Russian government, the Likud Party of Israel, etc., are Fascists and need to kicked out of power by their citizens. With Fascism comes upward wealth redistribution to the 1%, and the best way to stop that wealth from going upwards is to vote out Fascist Right-Wing politicians and impose Progressive taxation.

  • kekacaus

    God Bless you John…great documentary…!

  • Great documentary! I already knew most of the lies and corruption of our government, but the list goes on and on..

  • Shay Davis

    bernie sanders is our only hope

    • Occasional Thinker

      Actually, YOU are the only hope. If you don’t keep the momentum going after he’s elected, even Bernie will fail.

  • slx5c

    It has been said, “That a many of a Mansions are spiritually cold as hell.” For example, a wife sits alone at the dinner table of the most expensive Yacht on the lot, while her husband is having a sexual affair with a younger woman or a younger man across the bay. And then there is the factor of how many lives had to suffer so that the husband could own the most expensive Yacht on the lot, and that his wife could sit alone at the dinner table in a gut wrenching pain. It is sad that the Spirit of The United States of America has become like the Spirit of their Government in that the Spirit is a Materialistic and Superficial Spirituality which is the energy of; “Who Ever Dies With The Most Toys Wins!” This is a toxic Spirituality that is destroying The United States of America from inside itself as though it was a Trojan Horse that appears as a gift, but in the end is “Death Itself;” in fact, it is the very thing that destroyed the Roman Empire. EYE 5

  • Raven Shakti

    Excellent film! Thought provoking and inspiring. I highly recommend it.

  • Olegar Birdy

    ahaha, look at where venezuela is now

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