FINDING the MONEY

A DOCUMENTARY FILM

 

Unprecedented government spending to address the Covid-19 pandemic has left many wondering, where exactly did Congress find all that money? And is there any money left for the ongoing crises of inequality and climate change? Does the national debt even matter anymore?

FINDING THE MONEY traces the rise of a controversial new paradigm dubbed “Modern Monetary Theory” or MMT. Led by Stephanie Kelton — a relatable economist with a knack for public speaking — she asserts for Congress, the sole issuer of the US dollar, “finding the money is actually the easy part!” MMT bursts into the mainstream media, with journalists asserting, “If they’re right, then everything we thought we knew about money, debt, and taxes is wrong.”

This bold group is on a mission to prove the national debt is the opposite of what you think it is: it’s not our debt, it’s our money. The ideas, originating from Wall Street trader Warren Mosler, are met with derision by prominent figures from across the political spectrum. But according to Mosler, “once you see it the right way around, you can never go back to the old thinking”.

Is money an object that Congress, just like everybody else, has to go out and find? Or will this underdog  group make us rethink the very nature of money in time to understand what the US government can afford in the face of growing challenges?

 

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