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Trust Us

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They thought they were the smartest men in America.

“Trust Us” is a documentary miniseries that traces the rise of American technocracy: governance by bureaucratic experts. Beginning in the early 20th century and culminating with our current government, “Trust Us” reveals how certain leaders funneled power to unelected experts, who were convinced they could engineer solutions to all our nation’s problems.

Not only did these experts fail to solve our problems, but—in example after example, from the Great Depression to the Great Society—they caused irreversible damage to the country.

Featuring Amity Shlaes, Donald Boudreaux, Martin Gurri, and others, and produced by Pacific Legal Foundation’s award-winning documentary film team, “Trust Us” is the frightening story of bureaucratic arrogance gone wild. What started as a few executive bureaus has become today’s massive administrative state, a “fourth branch” of government that influences every aspect of our daily lives. From economics to housing to health, “Trust Us” reveals the strange origins and tragic consequences of expert rule.

  • A Production Of
    Distant Moon
  • Directed By
    Chase Kinney
  • Produced & Written By
    Joseph Kast
  • Co-Produced By
    Jaclyn Boudreau
    Ian Reid
  • Associate Producer
    Grant Brown
  • Director of Photography
    Ian Reid
  • Featuring
    Donald Boudreaux
    Martin Gurri
    Roger Koppl
    Kevin Portteus
    Joseph Postell
    Amity Shlaes
    Steve Simpson