Four Horsemen 
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As the global economy continues to veer from crisis to catastrophe many more people are looking for wise counsel on how to reshape the Western Economy. Over the last three years 23 global thinkers many of whom have been marginalized -have come together to break their silence and explain how the world really works.
Their views transcend mainstream media and short-term political explanations to describe in simple terms what needs to be addressed in our universities, governments and corporate structures. We will not be returning to business as usual.
Four Horsemen doesn t get involved in banker bashing, criticising politicians or conspiracy theories. The film looks at the systems that we have chosen to live under and suggests ways we could change them. With events veering out of the control of democratic governments and the global economy on life support for the foreseeable future Four Horsemen is a catalyst to begin a debate around the solutions we urgently need.
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Secondly, film works best not by aping the television documentary but by finding a way to show the concepts in action in the lives of fictional characters with whom we engage emotionally. I'm not sure how this could be done over the whole range of issues covered but perhaps the issues could be shown separately, inequality as in Elysium [DVD]  for example even though such an approach always risks trivialising the issues.
The thing is, the issues shown in this film are probably too important to be left to the choice of those who are already aware of many of them. We need to find a way to ensure that this is seen and discussed by schoolchildren at the youngest age. Children should not grow into adults without understanding these issues.
Are the solutions offered in the film necessarily the best? Probably not but what is clear is the problems are real and need to be solved. Inequality, wars over dwindling resources, broken democracies in the west, dishonest media and so on. If we don't solve them the result may be the collapse of industrial civilisation as one contributor said, or it may be even worse, a return to the mode of production common in ancient Egypt or Babylon where one's owner had a monopoly on water.
I wholeheartedly recommend watching it and making your own mind up.
Although the film scims at a necessarily high-level over many of the modern world's economic complexities, it provides a good background to some of the key problems we've got embedded in our financial apparatus, which it's important for everyone to understand.