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“”THRIVE is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what's REALLY going on in our world by following the money upstream -- uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives. Weaving together breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism, THRIVE offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future.
Thrive is a 2011 conspiracy theory film made by Foster Gamble, bank heir to the multinational and pharmaceutical company Procter & Gamble, and his wife Kimberly Carter Gamble. Claiming to be a documentary, the film smashes together pretty much every modern conspiracy theory in the books, including free energy suppression, UFO landings, New World Order, vaccine hysteria, 9/11 truthers, and much more, all combined to make a statement about a "Global Domination Agenda" Gamble claims controls much of the world.
As seen by the proposed "solutions" (which include the dismantling of the Federal Reserve and elimination of public schools and taxes), the film is a not-so-well disguised libertarian propaganda piece and Unified Conspiracy Theory at the same time. Several of the more liberal interviewees were quite disconcerted to be used to further such an agenda. Pseudoscience, New Age, and conspiracy theory stars like Nassim Haramein and David Icke also appear on the movie, talking about toroidal energy and UFO nonsense, respectively.
Thrive was voted the Veiwer's Choice [sic] for Top Transformational Film for 2011 by AwareGuide. It's in excellent company.
Mark Jeantheau of Grinning Planet ("Saving the Planet One Joke at a Time") reviewed the film, saying it "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."
Not so positive reactions
Kyle Hill of JREF described it as "basically Zeitgeist 2.0 ... when you align all of the claims that this movie purports to be true, it is hard not to think it is some kind of joke." Even people who like some of its message aren't so impressed; Reality Sandwich noted its "disjointed editing" and "repetitiveness ... in place of actual evidence or arguments", and that its claims about free energy suppression advocated something that would violate the second law of thermodynamics.
Georgia Kelly of the Praxis Peace Institute pointed out the film's "reactionary, libertarian political agenda that stands in jarring contrast with the soothing tone of the presentation", and Gamble's push for shrinking the government as part of the solution to the problems, rather than better regulating the runaway libertarian agenda that caused them. She spoke to several progressives who were interviewed in the film, unaware that it would have such a political slant. Praxis posted a greatly-extended version as a paper on the film and the organisation.
Foster Gamble posted a response which goes, "yeah but no but yeah" at length and claims that his libertarianism is different to both "so-called Left and Right", which are attached to "Collectivism". He expanded on his views in the paper Solutions / Liberty, which featured extensive quotes from Stefan Molyneux and such lesser lights as Ayn Rand and Ron Paul.
Filming under false pretenses
Seven people interviewed for the film openly distanced themselves from the ideas explored in it, calling them "dangerously misguided". And Deepak Chopra was one of them! We hope this communicates how off the charts the crank level of this film actually is. The above seven produced the following signed statement as a group:
We are a group of people who were interviewed for and appear in the movie Thrive, and who hereby publicly disassociate ourselves from the film.
Thrive is a very different film from what we were led to expect when we agreed to be interviewed. We are dismayed that we were not given a chance to know its content until the time of its public release. We are equally dismayed that our participation is being used to give credibility to ideas and agendas that we see as dangerously misguided.
We stand by what each of us said when we were interviewed. But we have grave disagreements with some of the film’s content and feel the need to make this public statement to avoid the appearance that our presence in the film constitutes any kind of endorsement.
- Foster Gamble - Creator of this "movement".
- Kimberly Carter Gamble - Co-creator and wife of Foster Gamble.
- Duane ElginA)
- Nassim Haramein - A "physicist" who has no idea of physics.
- Steven Greer - The Disclosure Project ufologist.
- Jack Kasher
- Daniel Sheehan - Apparently, Greer brought his lawyer...
- Adam TromblyA) - Who Is Adam Trombly? indeed.
- Brian O'Leary - Astronaut, later free energy nut, died the year Thrive was released (the death was probably unrelated to the film release, probably...)
- Vandana ShivaA) - Anti-GMO activist.
- John Gatto - Formerly great teacher turned homeschooler/unschooler.
- John RobbinsA)
- Deepak ChopraA)
- David Icke - O, RLY?
- Catherine Austin Fitts
- G. Edward Griffin
- Bill Still
- John PerkinsA)
- Paul HawkenA)
- Aqeela Sherrills
- Evon Peter
- Angel Kyodo Williams - Spiritual teacher, author and entrepreneur.
- Elisabet SahtourisA) - Evolutionary biologist, futurist and business consultant.
- Amy GoodmanA)
- Barbara Marx Hubbard
A) Note, however, that all these persons distanced themselves from the film after they saw the finished product, although Trombly was a bit late for the party.
- Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, which similarly interviewed experts and quote-mined them to suit its agenda.
- Thrive Debunked, a thorough refutation of the claims made by the film.
- Georgia Kelly, "Thrive: Deconstructing the Film". The Huffington Post. Retrieved on 19 September 2016.
- Top Transformational Films of 2011 (AwareGuide). Dig the rest of that list.
- Movie review: Thrive (2011) (Mark Jeantheau, Grinning Planet)
- Kyle Hill. "Thriving". Swift blog. James Randi Educational Foundation. http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/swift-blog/1538-thriving.html. Retrieved 26 November 2011.
- Thrive: The Story is Wrong but the Spirit is Right (Charles Eisenstein, Reality Sandwich)
- Thrive: Deconstructing the Film (Georgia Kelly, Huffington Post, 28 December 2011)
- Deconstructing Libertarianism: A Critique Prompted by the film Thrive (Praxis Peace Institute, February 2012)
- Solutions / LIBERTY (Foster Gamble, thrivemovement.com)