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After being sold on Amazon.com for only three days, a new DVD video documentary on the state of the economy has been banned by the e-commerce giant for mysterious reasons, according to the filmmaker.
“The Secret of Oz: Solutions for a Broken Economy” was officially knocked off Amazon for “performance” issues.
“You may no longer sell on our site,” said Amazon in an email to Still Productions at noon yesterday.
“This came completely out of the blue without warning, and without any shred of legitimate cause,” said Director Bill Still.
An email from Amazon referred to its “customer experience metrics” page. But a check of the page showed no performance issues.
Still has appealed the ban. Amazon says they usually respond within 24 hours to appeals.
Still’s documentary suggests government debt is at the root of the world’s global economic problems.
“In the coming year, the federal government will spend $4 trillion, but it will have to borrow half of that from big banks, both here and abroad,” he explains. “It creates a vicious cycle of government debt dependency. Government just can’t say no to them – or so officials think.”
This was Thomas Jefferson’s main complaint about the U.S. Constitution as well: “I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution … taking from the federal government the power of borrowing.”
So what can be done with the national debt rocketing above $12 trillion?
“You can’t just reduce the national debt,” explains Still. “You have to change the system and eliminate it entirely. We have to eliminate the ability of the government to borrow our money into existence. There are ways to do this. ‘The Secret of Oz’ shows that we’ve done it before in American history; and we can do it again. The federal government has to be put on a pay-as-you-go basis.”
In “The Secret of Oz,” Still, the filmmaker behind the mega-successful “The Money Masters,” warns the U.S. is heading for a deep Depression – unless lawmakers address the root of the problem: mounting interest payments on the national debt.
The documentary asks the question: Could the solution to America’s economic troubles be encoded in the pages of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”?
It is well-known in economics academia that “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” – written by Baum in 1900 – is loaded with powerful symbols of monetary reform which were the core of the populist movement and the 1896 and 1900 presidential bids of Democrat William Jennings Bryan.
The yellow brick road (gold standard), the emerald city of Oz (greenback money), even Dorothy’s silver slippers (changed to ruby slippers for the movie version) were symbols of the beliefs of Baum and Bryan that adding silver coinage to gold would provide much needed money to a Depression-strapped, 1890s America.