I wanted to say something about the film but I first want to address a conversation I had recently with an financial advisor for a "for-profit" college/university.
This guy tells me that the object of his job is to get people through his agency which owns a plethora of privately operated schools. His job is basically a sales person, pushing a commodity and selling that commodity for a turnover. The problem is that the people he processes are low-income, poverty-level young adults that are eligible for federal financial aid and other grants as well as loans. The guy tells me that the business he is involved in pumps up the cost of enrollment so that the agency can turn a profit. There are multiple problems with this story he told me.
This agency is a predatory entrepreneurial venture. I asked the guy if the schools were accredited or fly-by-night, to which I got no response. If that is true then there is no security in achieving a degree since it will not be recognized legitimately. This predatory approach to education is just as toxic as the several financial groups that crippled the economy. The agency the guy represents is simply draining cash with no solid returns. Once the student graduates, he/she is done with the transaction. The agency is taking advantage of the poor and the disenfranchised public. It's a essentially a scam.
And this is the take-over of legitimate colleges and universities that has been apparent in the past decade. The college degree has become a pretentious title that is frequently bought and rarely earned. It's analogous to Confederate States of America currency; sure, it's a nice showpiece, but it's absolutely worthless. So what does it matter if someone gets their doctorate at a strip mall? Who needs to have a peer review by scholars when you can get a piece of paper with "Dr." before your name for a couple of grand?
I also believe that the scare tactic of buying gold and silver to fight against hyperinflation that this documentary is promoting is screaming "hidden agenda."
This is the same pseudo-semantic dialog that conservative talk radio shows are babbling about. Is there a real security in gold and silver if agricultural prices inflate? With the amount of apocalyptic paranoia this National Inflation Association is spreading, there will be no currency but only barter. Not to say that gold and silver is a bad investment for someone that wants security when times are hard.