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The Great Fallacy

2013 ,    »  -   7 Comments
Ratings: 6.48/10 from 48 users.

The main premise in this film is that the system is built on fallacies to manipulate people... especially the Puerto Rican system. The people are not satisfied with their country's situation; they're going through a violence crisis, where everything is for the rich and nothing for the poor. The economy is very faulty and if you're a member of the opposing party you're screwed.

The most recent 2010 census showed that for the first time in history there is a net reduction of -2.2% inhabitants compared with the previous population censuses. 46% of Puerto Rican families live in poverty receiving federal aid. Politically, they're what is known as a Commonwealth, but for many it is another way of saying "colony." For that reason, Puerto Ricans live in constant fear of losing the U.S. citizenship.

There, the same parties and politicians always win and everyday everything gets worse... and Puerto Ricans always lose. Crimes such as theft and robbery are rampant around the country and the number of murders in 2011 reached 1,130. Many people say that the situation is bad but the film poses the question "What are you doing so things get better?" Those who criticize and do nothing become part of the problem.

Puerto Ricans are facing the most savage juncture they have ever experienced historically, because the big corporations, political parties, and governmental structures are devouring the last bit they have left as a nation. It seems they're in a time of ample and strong, solid resistance from the part of Puerto Rican people against the attempts of the government to privatize, sell, and give away what has taken them so much work to defend.

The attempts to their dignity through the attempts against their culture and communities; through the uprooting and the purchase of properties; the attempts against education through the takeover and privatization of the university of Puerto Rico; the attempts against their heritage like the Electric Energy Authority and the Waterways authority; everything is unraveling and twinning in such a way that eventually they're forced to a struggle in the streets to try to defend their identity, history, culture, and sense of nation.

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7 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Michelle

    Puerto Rico is a microcosm of what is also happening here in the rest of the USA. It's a different perspective of the same problems. I think it was well done except for it was difficult to read the white subtitles against a pale background. I would like to see it dubbed over in English. I would also like to get my hands on a transcript.

  2. Kansas Devil
  3. Kansas Devil

    It's nice that this documentary actually offers workable solutions. I wish they had spend more time on those solutions, however.
    Hold their hand and guide them with more than words, but with small steps that lead them to confidence in themselves.

  4. ZiroPeraloca
  5. ZiroPeraloca

    Well this is a one sided view of what is going on in Puerto Rico. The facts of what is going on are not far from the truth,but the etiology of this according to this documentary is all about colonialism and class struggle.
    Unfortunately we Puertorricans share a big potion of the blame. In the island we practice a kind of "teenage narcissism " in which it is ok to break the rules because everyone is against you,the USA, the rich,the world. And you are not to be held responsible for your actions because of course,as a teenager ,it's your parents fault. This is seen throughout this documentary..."drugs are not our responsibility ,it's the world and the USA". All our troubles are blamed in colonialism.

    So this documentary is a reflection of why we are in our current situation. As long as we don't understand that the solution is in our hands,nothing will change.

  6. Gadea
  7. Gadea

    Puerto Ricans are the Palestinians of the United States.

  8. Eric Lawson
  9. Eric Lawson

    Could not keep going with the subtitles !! Good luck to all Puerto-Ricans Peace!! Sure is a beautiful part of the world!!!

  10. Joyce J / ASouthernWriter
  11. Joyce J / ASouthernWriter

    "Puerto Rico is a microcosm of what is also happening here in the rest of the USA. It's a different perspective of the same problems. " - I agree!!

  12. bigpinch
  13. bigpinch

    By your remark, I'm assuming you mean that Puerto Ricans ought to be exterminated so that peace will come to that part of the world.

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