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  •  Question about movies that influenced you (2+ / 0-)
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    wishingwell, davehouck

    I haven't fully digested your diary, but early on in it I was baffled by your statement that two movies influenced you toward free financial market ideology -- Wall Street (by Oliver Stone) and Boiler Room.

    What I don't get is that both of those movies were virulently anti "free" financial market.  Both were about how the absence of regulation on "Wall Street" led to rampant corruption and theft.

    I worked on Wall St around the time Wall Street came out and almost everyone I worked with was cynical about our work.

    Did the generations that came after me see these movies and the statements of faith of their major characters (like Gordon Gekko) in some sort of innocent, non-ironic way????

    •  Yes (0+ / 0-)

      I can tell you that plenty of other people saw movies like that and were actually motivated by the greedy self-interested aspects of it.

      Maybe partially ironic, but the message wasn't totally negative in what many people have taken from those movies.

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