The recent global financial meltdown will go down in history as one of those singularly defining events that characterizes what is wrong with society. If we always suspected that greed and corruption were at the heart of the human condition but could never prove it, 2008 changed all that. Charles Ferguson's award-winning film, "Inside Job" takes us inside the various American financial institutions where this monstrous scheme of corporate deregulation was hatched in the years leading up to the ultimate crisis. Instead of reviewing the chain of events which are already well-known, Ferguson visits a number of the big players after the fact to get their view on why global financial markets virtually seized up in September 2008. Most of the big-name operators who capitalized on derivatives, subprime mortgages, and credit swaps were from the Wall Street fraternity. Prominent investment bankers like Blankfein, Paulson, Fudal and other lesser knowns openly encouraged the multi-billion dollar sales of questionable securities which they then proceeded to go short on. In this era, government regulators from the Fed and Treasury turned a blind eye to these seriously unethical practices that threatened the very integrity of the American financial system. Not only were American banks and insurance companies in the thick of this concerted drive to unload bad debt on unsuspecting clients, European banks were caught up in it too. Icelandic banks were privatized and became involved in arranging over a hundred billion dollars in dodgy loans that eventually destroyed the country's economy when they were called in. What I found particularly useful and instructive about this documentary is its ability to get behind the scenes to ask the tough questions of the supporting cast of economists such as Tyson, Feldstein, Summers, and Geithner who promoted the concept of deregulation and grew very wealthy from it. Fast forward to the supposed age of Obama and financial reform, and we find that many of the Wall Street architects of the last debacle still hold positions of influence in government, forcing the new administration to go soft on rooting out the culture of greed and corruption. The film leaves us with the troubling thought that only in America can a financial engineer make vastly more than a civil engineer, even when what they produce is manufactured out of thin air. Nowhere in this production will you find an outright admission of guilt from those who created this crisis. It is almost as if silence or denial is part of the reward of fleecing one's fellow being.