Author Michael Lewis claims Fifth Risk is a ‘civics lesson…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama bought the rights to develop a Netflix Original Series based on Michael Lewis’ book, The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy.
The Fifth Risk is the first show the Obamas have announced under their new company, “Higher Ground Productions,” through which they landed a multi-year deal with Netflix to create television shows and movies, The New York Times reported.
The Fifth Risk explores the “chaos and mismanagement” that occurred after the transfer of power from the Obama administration to the Trump administration in the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce and Energy, Deadline reported.
Obama said the Netflix deal and upcoming series will not seek to disparage the Trump administration but to help citizens understand how the government operates and to promote issues that his administration focused on.
“One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience,” Obama said in a statement.
“That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix—we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.”
Lewis described his book as “a civics lessons.”
Lewis spoke with incoming employees at the three departments to write The Fifth Risk. He said the Obama administration wrote guidelines for the incoming staff, but he said they were too few and unqualified.
John MacWilliams, the chief risk officer at the Energy Department during the Obama administration, told Lewis his fears about the Trump administration included a nuclear disaster, war with Iran or North Korea, and an attack on the American electrical grid.
Lewis warned also of disaster in the Department of Agriculture’s school lunch and food stamp programs, and he said the Department of Commerce may not have the resources to manage the Census.