Jamie Johnson – Engaging America in a Real Conversation

By Catherine Austin Fitts

This Thursday evening on The Solari Report we are in for a special treat.

Filmmaker and blogger Jamie Johnson joins us to talk about engaging America in a real conversation. Jamie has made two documentaries that are not to be missed:

  • In Born Rich, Jamie persuades friends and family to speak on camera about what it is like to grow up in a very wealthy family.

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  • In The One Percent, Jamie explores “the political, moral and emotional rationale that enables a tiny percentage of Americans – the one percent – to control nearly half the wealth of the entire United States.”


Lots of people make documentaries about important topics. It’s only a few that open hearts and change minds. When you watch Johnson’s films, get ready to laugh until you cry, squirm in your chair and pray for someone with your heart in your throat.

Milton Friedman was once sent to debate me on the NY Times blog and huffed off in the middle when he got called out by the assembled crowd. Watching The One Percent, I roared as Milton Friedman walked out on an interview with Jamie. Having a heart to heart communication about the core issues was too uncomfortable.

The more authentic human conversations we have in America, the better chance we have of transforming our situation. These conversations take courage and they benefit from a sense of amusement. Jamie Johnson has valuable lessons to teach us about what it takes to inspire them and how to participate.

I will start with Money & Markets. Let’s focus on questions for Jamie – post them here on the blog.

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  1. Dear Catherine:
    As a new subscriber I have found your reports and information extremely helpful-if not somewhat terrifying.
    I would have never found “one-percent” had it not been for the Solari Report. I am wondering what can the average middle class investor do to insulate from this rapidly expanding economic disparity?

  2. Dear Catherine

    In terms of supporting real conversation…could you comment on these items:

    1. What is “traunching?” How does it relate to colateralized debt obligations.?

    2. In conversations with seniors I have heard that some banks send back money rather then roll over their CD’s.
    There may be reasons but it supports a belief the retail depositors or small accounts are not needed or welcome.
    I do find it really hard to believe if they can use deposit accounts for fractional money expansion.
    The other side of the comment from very wealthy persons is that the banks do not want the expense and hassle
    of dealing with the small deposits. It may be street myth or not but then I here you commenting on depositors
    pulling down bad banks by removing deposits….so I do not know where the truth settles.

    3. Blog has had a couple cool graphic depictions for example of canceling offsetting debts. WHAT does the
    “banking” universe even look like anymore. Have you seen any similar graphics depicting the oversize banking sector?
    I ask because I heard some comment to the effect that the economy did not need a retail level banking function at all
    and that the fact was the public banks you see are not all that there are or even that they are a small percentage of total
    entities (private banking or non bank entities) that move money. Business and the economy can run without a retail
    banking sector. Given all the deregulation since Ronald Regan it makes me wonder if I even KNOW WHAT THE TRANSACTIONAL universe consists of anymore. Are there more PRIVATE unseen banks then PUBLIC banks?

    Thank You
    Richard Stein

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