A documentary worth watching

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I recently watched a very interesting documentary that I would recommend that everyone watch. It is called ‘Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer’. As the title suggests, it is about former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. It dives into the work he did as the Attorney General of New York and then as Governor of the state. It also discusses the scandal that led to his downfall.

Among the reasons why this is such an interesting documentary is that it shines a light on some of the unethical practices that occur at the absolute highest level of business. Some of the main players included in this movie are the former CEO of AIG and one of the founders of Home Depot. You should recall AIG from the beginning of the recession as being that unbelievably huge insurance company that went bankrupt and took the entire world into a financial crisis. Eliot Spitzer spent a lot of time going after AIG and other large Wall Street firms that were conducting business in an unsavoury way. Throughout this film I kept wondering how the financial crisis would have unfolded if Spitzer never left power. It is something we will likely never know the answer to.

Although Spitzer definitely acted inappropriately by using the illegal services of a hooker, there is little doubt that he contributed to more positive outcomes in the world, particularly in the business world than the negative outcomes from his misbehaviour. Although I don’t want to give you all my detailed thoughts about the film because you should form your own opinions on it, I will say that you will likely see that all powerful people are vulnerable in a multitude of ways. There are a lot of lessons about business that one can learn by watching this film and I think they are lessons that everyone should learn. This is a really interesting and even educational documentary that will interest viewers, even those that are not into business. I’d like to hear your thoughts on it for those that have watched it already.