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Movie by Foster Gamble and Kimberly Gamble; documentary, released 2011; interviewees include Duane Elgin, Nassim Haramein, Steven Greer, Vandana Shiva, John Gatto, John Robbins, Deepak Chopra, David Icke, Catherine Austin Fitts, G. Edward Griffin, Bill Still, John Perkins, Paul Hawken, Barbara Marx Hubbard.

This 'Thrive' review written by Mark Jeantheau, Grinning Planet.

DVD cover for Thrive Thrive strives to lift the veil on what's really going on in our world by following the money upstream to uncover the global consolidation of power into the hands of a few elite families. These players, through their political minions, flagship banks, and corporate activities, are deeply entrenched in nearly every aspect of our lives.

In the first two-thirds of Thrive, the movie lays out the evidence of a number of huge cover-ups and mainstream media misdirects on topics as diverse as UFOs and free energy to the Federal Reserve system and the rigged boom-bust economy to the inexorable, barely perceptible march towards a global system of totalitarian control. The assertions are generally well supported with facts and are convincingly described.

I do have a few points to quibble over. For instance....

  • Asserting that free energy is a key solution—without exploring the pollution and habitat destruction that will occur from even more widespread adoption of modern materials and machines (which would be necessary to turn that free energy into helpful things for those who are now without)—is a shallow treatment. We acquisitive humans have done a fine job at destroying nature when energy was not free—would we not destroy it faster with unlimited, no-cost energy—unless we have a simultaneous, deep transformation of our way of thinking?
  • The film also admonishes us that the unfolding New World Order is not "a Jewish agenda," but it doesn't even mention the Zionist agenda, which has little to do with Judaism but is indeed related to the NWO.
  • Thrive says we find ourselves so deeply in debt that we can never repay it. But in a world of fiat currencies and seemingly limitless money creation, that's not really true—it's just a matter of how money and debt are defined by the holders of the money powers (the elites and their banks). A more difficult problem is that most people have become totally dependent on centralized systems for just about everything. They intuitively know that cutting off the head of the beast (the banksters) risks killing the rest of the system and the supply lines that sustain them. In that same vein, a goal such as "getting rid of the Federal Reserve" is right on its face, but a better framing would be to say we should bring the benefit of managing the money system back to the public coffers. Instantaneously vaporizing the Fed without preserving its functionality (at least for a while) would be lethal.

Quibbles aside, this is a broad and excellent overview of how The Powers That Be control key sectors to quietly dominate the world. In particular, it is a good primer for anyone who thinks the above topics sound like a bunch of nonsense. They aren't, and the film does a good job of connecting the dots, making the implausible believable. There are a few new, very clear insights from David Icke, as well as from a few other guests who are not regularly included in such movies.

graphical representation of a torus field Visually, the film has a very high-end style, offering excellent integration of graphics and live footage, giving Thrive an eye-popping futuristic feel for much of its length. It makes heavy use of the torus field as a fundamental construct in the universe, though the director occasionally try to stretch the applicability of the torus too far.

A solutions section makes up the last third of the film. After some standard new-agey stuff and a dubious attempt at us-vs.-them numbers, Thrive gets down to the real answer, which is non-violent non-participation. Under that broad umbrella, presented for your consideration are things such as changing how you bank; shunning corporate food (especially GMO-based food) in favor of local food; adopting and promoting renewable energy; and demanding that the internet be kept fair and open. The film's website documents the dozen or so types of actions that viewers can take.

Much of the information in Thrive has been presented in other films and audio interviews with truth mavens like G. Edward Griffin, Bill Still, Catherine Austin Fitts, John Gatto, Vandana Shiva, Steven Greer, and Deepak Chopra. To an extent, this is a movie by filmmakers awakening to what some of us already understand well. But the fact that such an overwhelming percentage of the populace in the Western world is still ignorant of this information suggests that a bit of repetition is warranted.

So, who should watch Thrive? Easy answer: everyone. If you are not familiar with the issues mentioned above, you need to be, and Thrive is a good way to get started. Conversely, if you're the type who lives and breathes these issues, it's still worth watching as a way of reinvigorating your personal dedication to engaging in practical, effective solutions—before it's too late.

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GP comment:  I have passed on a couple of Prins interviews earlier this year, but here she is starting to step outside the envelope and address the bankster power structure as the criminal enterprise that it truly is.

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GP comment:  Solomon is very good here. The title of his book gives some indication of his tone: War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.

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GP comment:  Many excellent points in this one.

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