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Imperialism: The hangover.

Imperialism: The hangover — Renegade Inc, RT

28 January 2019

In the British corridors of power, the legacy of empire still lingers. The UK is no longer the global player it pretends to be, but nor is the country introspective enough to truly look after its own citizens. This means that the disparity between rich and poor gets greater year-on-year whilst the political class just scapegoat the vulnerable. Host Ross Ashcroft is joined by Professor Danny Dorling to discuss if our imperial mindset is preventing us from becoming a progressive social democracy in a rapidly evolving, multipolar world.

Richard Wolff: We Need a More Humane Economic System—Not One That Only Benefits the Rich.

We Need a More Humane Economic System, Not One That Only Benefits the Rich — Democracy Now

26 December 2018

On Christmas Day, Trump said the shutdown will last until Democrats agree to fund his $5bn US-Mexico border wall, despite previously repeatedly claiming Mexico would pay for the wall. The shutdown is occurring as concern grows over the US economy. US stock markets are on pace to suffer their worst December since 1931 during the Great Depression. In response, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin held an emergency meeting with top financial regulators and also convened a separate call with top executives of six major banks. Economist Richard Wolff takes a look at the situation.

UN expert says austerity has condemned millions to poverty.

UN expert says austerity has condemned millions to poverty — Channel 4 News

16 November 2018

“Punitive, mean-spirited, and callous” – that’s how the United Nations special rapporteur on poverty has described the Tory government’s austerity policies, and he describes the rise in child poverty as a “social calamity and economic disaster”.

Wolff vs Fox.

Should wealth be distributed differently in the US? — Varney & Co, Fox Business

18 August 2017

Professor Richard Wolff on Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s push to change the direction of the Democratic Party, the wealth distribution crisis in the US and universal basic income.

Wolff vs Fox.

Marxist Economist debates FOX's Stuart Varney about Socialism — Varney & Co, Fox Business

31 July 2017

Economist and Democracy at Work founder Richard Wolff joined Fox Business to debate with Stuart Varney about socialism, capitalism, and taxes.

Ticking Towards Midnight.

Noam Chomsky: Neoliberalism Is Destroying Our Democracy — The Nation

2 June 2017

How elites on both sides of the political spectrum have undermined our social, political and environmental commons.

Voodoo Economics Are Back — Bigly.

Voodoo Economics Are Back: Bigly — The Big Picture, RT

26 April 2017

Greg Palast, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. Donald Trump's new tax plan means only one thing — that voodoo economics are back — bigly.

The People vs America.

The People vs America — The Big Picture, Aljazeera

13 February 2017

The US faces a disunited future with a polarising new president. As Trump takes office, we trace the historical trajectory that has exposed the myth of the American Dream. The American people’s lack of faith in and disillusionment with the US establishment is greater now than at any other point in history. The institutions that served US citizens are increasingly regarded as self-serving and the people increasingly divided, increasingly polarised along racial and economic lines. As new President, Donald Trump, enters the White House on a wave of populism, The Big Picture explores just how America has become so fractured, and how for many, the American Dream has been lost. We chart the history of that mythic dream to show its power and the ways in which, throughout the last 70 years, it has been undermined by the powerful and shattered for those who still believe in it as truth.

Marx Reloaded.

Marx Reloaded (2011) — Jason Barker, Medea Film

23 January 2017

Marx Reloaded comprises interviews with leading thinkers on Marxism, including those at the forefront of a popular revival in Marxist and communist ideas. The film also includes interviews with leading sceptics of this revival as well as light-hearted animation sequences which follow Marx's adventures through the matrix of his own ideas.

Will the UK Set Off A Secession movement?

Will the UK Set Off A Secession movement? — The Big Picture, RT

31 May 2016

Economist Dr. Richard Wolff, Capitalism's Crisis Deepens: Essays on the Global Economic Meltdown joins Thom. In just a few weeks, Britons will take a vote on whether or not they want to remain part of the UK. Could this set off a continent-wide secession movement?

Britain's Trillion Pound Island — Inside Cayman.

Britain's Trillion Pound Island: Inside Cayman — Jacques Peretti, BBC

21 March 2016

The Cayman Islands. It is a Caribbean paradise of sun, sea and cocktails, but there is something else going on. Big money, big corporations... and seemingly no one paying a penny of tax. Now Jacques Peretti travels to Cayman in search of the truth about this controversial British tax haven, and uncovers some shocking revelations for what this sun-drenched island means for everyone back in Britain.

The Great Housing Benefit Scandal.

The Great Housing Benefit Scandal — Panorama, BBC

20 April 2015

Unscrupulous landlords are getting millions of pounds from the taxpayer for housing people in cramped and poor quality accommodation. These housing benefit kings make big profits from the system, while their tenants live very different lives. Reporter Alys Harte investigates some of the offenders — including the slum landlord who had 40 people living in one house and the businessman who hides his properties behind front companies and false names.

Conversations with Great Minds.

Conversations with Great Minds — The Big Picture, RT

26 August 2014

Economist Richard Wolff joins Thom Hartmann to discuss America's taboo subject... Marxism. The combining of corporations and government, ie fascism, is also discussed.

Professor Richard Wolff.

Global Capitalism: A Monthly Update, August 2014 — Professor Richard Wolff

26 August 2014

Wolff opens this month's update with an account of his recent appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher. Other topics covered, include: development in Africa; inequality and the fading ‘American Dream’; the DeMoulas Market Basket family feud and employee protests; alternatives to markets; and the internal economic tensions of Republicans and Democrats.

The GOP billionaire behind Argentina's crash.

The GOP billionaire behind Argentina's crash — The Big Picture, RT

26 August 2014

Greg Palast joins Thom Hartmann to discuss Paul “The Vulture” Singer, a major funder of the Republican party. Hedge fund CEO Singer acquires sovereign debt at knock-down prices and then seeks to get them paid in full, often with additional interest. He targets poor countries, where money that should have gone to help the residents ends up paying off the debt he acquired.

No More Austerity: Demand the Alternative.

No More Austerity: Demand the Alternative — People's Assembly, Fourman Films

26 June 2014

On 21 June, a national demonstration was held in London to protest the austerity being forced onto people by the coalition government. It started outside the BBC HQ and ended in Parliament Square. Here's a playlist of the speakers, produced by Fourman Films.

Goldman Sachs: The bank that rules the world.

Goldman Sachs: The bank that rules the world — Jerome Fritel & Marc Roche, Arte Capa Presse

19 June 2014

Ever since the stock market crashed, the name Goldman Sachs has been appearing everywhere: in the collapse of the financial system, the Greek crisis, the plunge of the euro, and the campaign to prevent regulation of financial markets. The investment bank, created in New York in 1868, has carved out its reputation and success by working silently behind the scenes. But today GS stands accused of myriad charges: playing a key role in the subprime loan fiasco, pushing several of its competitors into bankruptcy, helping countries like Greece hide their deficits before speculating on their downfall, precipitating the fall of the euro, and influencing the consumer price index. And yet GS has come out of this latest crisis richer and more powerful than ever.

Slavoj Zizek.

Slavoj Žižek talks with Jeremy Paxman, 19 May 2014 — Newsnight, BBC

26 May 2014

Žižek discusses what's wrong with the European Union and the current discontent with it amongst European voters. He argues that the logic of global capitalism — not immigration — is causing the ‘anti-europe’ sentiment, and that voters should have chosen leftist parties over right-wing nationalist ones. He goes on to suggest that global capitalism has reached the point where global regulation or oversight is needed to correct its injustices, and if this doesn't happen a form of undemocratic Chinese capitalism will arise.

Professor Richard Wolff.

Global Capitalism: A Monthly Update, February 2014 — Professor Richard Wolff

24 February 2014

Updates on major economic developments since December: Obama's minimum wage policy, the Federal Reserve's “tapering policy” and the new Janet Yellen leadership, slowdowns in China and the emerging markets, and Thomas Piketty's new book Capital in the Twenty-First Century on capitalism and inequality. Major discussion of the chief causes and social effects of increasingly unequal wealth and income distributions, and the myth of returning manufacturing jobs in the US.

The Wall Street Code.

The Wall Street Code — Marije Meerman, VPRO

9 January 2014

A thriller about a genius algorithm builder who dared to stand up against Wall Street. Haim Bodek, aka The Algo Arms Dealer, who discovered ‘order types’ in US financial markets that he says gave unfair advantage to high-frequency traders.

Economist Richard Wolff.

Global Capitalism: A Monthly Update, November 2013 — Professor Richard Wolff

16 November 2013

November's update focuses on austerity and alternatives that are rarely mentioned, ie taxing those that (1) caused the financial mess in the first place, and (2) can afford it. Wolff also compares the minimum wage across several countries and explains why many ‘socialists’ today are apologists for capitalism.

Don't Panic - The Truth About Population.

Don't Panic: The Truth About Population — Professor Hans Rosling, This World, BBC

10 November 2013

Using state-of-the-art 3D graphics and the timing of a stand-up comedian, world-famous statistician Professor Hans Rosling presents a spectacular portrait of our rapidly changing world. With seven billion people already on our planet, we often look to the future with dread, but Rosling's message is surprisingly upbeat. Almost unnoticed, we have actually begun to conquer the problems of rapid population growth and extreme poverty. more »

Tax, Lies and Videotape.

Tax, Lies and Videotape — Private Eye, Panorama, BBC

19 September 2013

The government says it is cracking down on tax avoidance and evasion, but does the tough talk really stand up to scrutiny? Private Eye and Panorama go undercover in the City to investigate the truth about UK tax policy. The programme discovers how London is still home to the tax avoidance industry and how new laws could allow big companies to avoid billions in tax.

Greg Palast.

The secret ‘End Game’ memo — Keiser Report, RT

19 September 2013

Max Keiser interviews author, journalist and filmmaker, Greg Palast about the Larry Summers' secret ‘End Game’ memo and the decriminalisation of what were once financial crimes.

Richard Wilkinson.

Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies — TEDTalks

19 September 2013

We feel instinctively that societies with huge income gaps are somehow going wrong. Richard Wilkinson charts the hard data on economic inequality, and shows what gets worse when rich and poor are too far apart: real effects on health, lifespan, even such basic values as trust.

Abby Martin and Richard Wolff.

Reaganomics: 32 Years of Failed Policy — Breaking the Set, RT

14 August 2013

Abby Martin remarks on the 31st anniversary of the President Ronald Reagan's Economic Recovery Act, and speaks to Richard Wolff about why ‘Reaganomics’ is not a cure-all for the US economy's fiscal woes.

Class Globalization.

Class Globalization — CrossTalk, RT

16 July 2013

We are witnessing a revolt of the world's middle classes. How does that bode for global capitalism? Has the system actually reformed itself since the 2008 slump? And, does the world have the resources to accommodate the demands of the rising middle class? CrossTalking with Mark Levine and Richard Wolff.

Bill Moyers and Rick Wolff.

Richard Wolff on Curing Capitalism — Moyers & Company

24 March 2013

Wolff returns to the show and this time answers questions sent in by viewers, diving further into economic inequality, the limitations of industry regulation, and the widening gap between a booming stock market and a population that increasingly lives in poverty.

Good Italy, Bad Italy: Girlfriend in a Coma.

Good Italy, Bad Italy: Girlfriend in a Coma — Bill Emmott & Annalisa Piras

27 February 2013

With Italy having just gone to the polls, Bill Emmott, former editor of The Economist and a man with a special passion for Italy and Italians since his teenage years, asks where has Italy gone wrong and examines the good sides about Italy as well as the disasters.

Prof Wolff.

Richard Wolff on Fighting for Economic Justice and Fair Wages — Moyers & Company

24 February 2013

Wolff joins Bill Moyers to discuss the disaster left behind in capitalism's wake, and the fight for economic justice, including a fair minimum wage.


Obey — Temujin Doran, Studiocanoe

23 February 2013

This is a film based on the book Death of the Liberal Class by journalist and Pulitzer prize winner, Chris Hedges. It charts the rise of the corporate state, and examines the future of obedience in a world of unfettered capitalism, globalisation, staggering inequality and environmental change.

Prof Richard Wolff.

Global Capitalism: A Monthly Update, February 2013 — Professor Richard Wolff

13 February 2013

In this month's update, professor Wolff discusses bailouts, recovery, tax havens, financial transaction taxes in Europe and the US, falling wages, so-called ‘progressive’ income tax rates, off-shoring and its impact on the quality of higher education, austerity, democracy vs capitalism, the general rip-off that is being executed on the people, and how Marxism was never really implemented in Soviet Russia or China.

Prof Richard Wolff.

Global Capitalism: A Monthly Update, December 2012 — Professor Richard Wolff

11 December 2012

In this month's update, professor Wolff breaks down the ‘fiscal cliff’ — how it was arrived at and its implications for the American people in the coming months.

China's Ant People.

China's Ant People — Weijun Chen, Steps International

7 December 2012

What does an education get you? Education is the only way out of poverty, as it has been sold to the Chinese population since ancient times. China's economic boom and talk of the merits of hard work have created an expectation that studying is how to escape poverty. Yet it seems the system only leads to jobs for a few, and debt for all. This film, set in Wuhan in central China, looks at the realities of Chinese (privatised) education through the lives of private college tutor Wang Zehziang, high school graduate and would-be university student Wang Pan, and graduate jobseeker Wan Chao.

Four Born Every Second.

Four Born Every Second — Brian Hill, Century Films and Steps International

7 December 2012

130 million babies are born each year, but the circumstances and country of their birth will determine their life story. Brian Hill travels from the UK to America, Cambodia and Sierra Leone to reveal the shocking lottery of child birth across the globe.

Danny Schechter.

Property rights vs human rights — On The Edge with Max Keiser

3 December 2012

Keiser interviews Danny Schechter who talks about the government's failure to protect their citizens against financial criminals.

Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream.

Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream — Alex Gibney

27 November 2012

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney presents his take on the gap between rich and poor Americans. Gibney contends that America's richest citizens have “rigged the game in their favor”, and created unprecedented inequality in the United States.

Stealing Africa.

Stealing Africa — Guldbrandsen Film and Steps International

27 November 2012

Ruschlikon is a village in Switzerland with a very low tax rate and very wealthy residents. There is so much money in the public coffers that the mayor can't spend it all, largely thanks to the contribution from one resident — Ivan Glasenberg, CEO of commodities giant Glencore. However, Glencore's copper mines in Zambia don't generate similar tax windfalls for Zambians. The country has the third largest copper reserves in the world, but 60 per cent of the population live on less than $1 a day and 80 per cent are unemployed. Christoffer Guldbrandsen investigates the dark heart of the tax system employed by multi-nationals and asks how much profit is fair.

Undercover: How to Dodge Tax.

Undercover: How to Dodge Tax — Panorama, BBC

27 November 2012

Panorama goes undercover to investigate corporate service providers — the people and companies who sell corporate anonymity and access to offshore tax havens. Undercover reporters discover a world that specialises in secrecy, sells services which bend and breach UK law, is happy to help tax dodgers and even turns a blind eye to crime.

Getting Rich on the NHS.

Getting Rich on the NHS — Dispatches, Channel 4

30 October 2012

Under the new health reforms, private firms are being awarded millions of pounds-worth of NHS contracts. One of the major new players is Virgin Care. Morland Sanders examines whether the rapid handover of services to private contractors is really good for the public purse, and good for patient care.

Vodafone's Swiss Swizz.

Vodafone's Swiss Swizz: A Tax Avoidance Special — Bureau of Investigative Journalism & Private Eye

9 October 2012

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Private Eye went to Switzerland to investigate how British firms can use Swiss companies and branches to legally avoid billions in UK tax.

David Harvey & Richard Wolff.

Capitalism in Crisis? — Charlie Rose

31 July 2012

Capitalism in Crisis with geographer David Harvey and economist Richard Wolff.

97 Percent Owned.

97 Percent Owned — Queue Politely

24 July 2012

97% owned present serious research and verifiable evidence on our economic and financial system. This is the first documentary to tackle this issue from a UK-perspective and explains the inner workings of Central Banks and the Money creation process.

Secrets of the Taxman.

Secrets of the Taxman — Dispatches, Channel 4

11 July 2012

An undercover report partly filmed in the Channel Islands presents new revelations about tax avoidance.

Ali, Chomsky and Assange.

Noam Chomsky and Tariq Ali — The Julian Assange Show

27 June 2012

A surprise Arab drive for freedom, the West's structural crisis and new hope coming from Latin America. That's the modern world in the eyes of Noam Chomsky and Tariq Ali, two prominent thinkers and this week's guests on Julian Assange's show.

Prof Richard Wolff.

Global Capitalism: A Monthly Update, June 2012 — Professor Richard Wolff

18 June 2012

In the latter part of this month's update, Wolff reports on the Mondragon Corporation in the Basque region of Spain. This unified community of worker cooperatives is now the world's most successful, large scale and long-lasting experiment in workers owning and directing their enterprises. It competes successfully with capitalist enterprises, innovates technologically in systematic ways and operates its own major bank and university.

The Mondragon Experiment.

The Mondragon Experiment (1980) — Horizon, BBC

18 June 2012

This documentary examines the Mondragon Corporation in northern Spain, where a federation of worker cooperatives have proved that an alternative to capitalism can indeed thrive.

Surviving Progress.

Surviving Progress (2011) — Mathieu Roy & Harold Crooks

5 June 2012

Film about the risks we pose to our own survival in the name of progress, connecting financial collapse, growing inequality and global oligarchy with the sustainability of mankind.

Rick Wolff.

Occupy the Mind: Progressive Moral Agenda for the 21st Century — Professor Richard Wolff

19 March 2012

Professor Wolff gives a talk where he looks at capitalism from a moral perspective, highlighting the struggle between employers and employees. Wolff suggests that democracy within the workplace should become a priority at this critical time of economical crisis. In a true democracy, all employees would equally share the directorship of their enterprises — this being fundamentally different from private or state capitalism, where employees or workers are treated like commodities. more »

Prof Richard Wolff.

Global Capitalism: A Monthly Update, March 2012 — Professor Richard Wolff

12 March 2012

Covered in this month's update are: Europe and Greece's default scenario; the upcoming French and US elections; wealth inequality in the US; the apparent US economic recovery; and an open Q&A session.

The ant and the grasshopper.

The eurozone, the ant and the grasshopper — Yanis Varoufakis

22 February 2012

The Greek economist explains why the Euro crisis should not simply be seen through the prism of a famous Aesop fable. more »

Prof Richard Wolff.

Global Capitalism: A Monthly Update, January 2012 — Professor Richard Wolff

27 January 2012

Basic prospects for the US economy in 2012, opened this month's update. Twenty minutes in, Wolff turns to the problems now shaking European capitalism: (1) the financial and social costs and implications of European governments' debts and austerity programs aimed to alleviate those debts, and (2) conflicts over Greece's debts and default scenarios. Emphasis was placed on the impact of Europe's crises on the US economy in 2012.

Professor Richard D Wolff.

The Crisis of Capitalism — Marin Commons

12 January 2012

Noted author, political economist and activist, Richard Wolff in conversation with Robert Ovetz PhD at San Rafael CA, on 7 January 2012.

Yanis Varoufakis.

Yanis Varoufakis: A Modest Proposal for Transforming Europe — TEDxAcademy

12 January 2012

Professor Varoufakis proposes a decentralized system for europe in order to transform it before the crisis of the system crashes Europe. He studies all the different possibilities of actions that can be taken and explains why his proposal is the best option.

David Harvey.

The End of Capitalism? (Penn Humanities Forum, 30 November 2011) — David Harvey

12 December 2011

Three years after the near collapse of global financial markets, America is still struggling with unemployment, debt, and foreclosure. European governments are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy — and the world's billionaires are getting richer faster than ever before. The current situation is not sustainable; but what changes need to be made to overcome this mounting crisis of our world economic system? How radical an adaptation will be required? David Harvey, the brilliant theorist and scathing critic of postmodern society, looks at what the future holds for global capitalism.

Richard Wolff.

Richard Wolff on the current Eurozone Crisis — Democracy Now

4 December 2011

Wolff is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and visiting professor at New School University. He is the author of several books, including Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It. more »

Greg Palast.

Interview with Greg Palast — Media Roots TV

20 November 2011

Palast discusses his new book Vultures' Picnic, corporate collusion, the bought-and-paid-for-media establishment, the role of citizen journalism around the Occupy Wall Street Movement and the value of organisations such as Project Censored.

David Harvey.

Occupy London talk (12 November 2011) — David Harvey

17 November 2011

The Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York gave a talk to Occupy London protestors.

The Warning.

The Warning — Frontline, PBS

10 November 2011

Long before the meltdown, one woman tried to warn about a threat to the financial system...


Meltdown: The Secret History of the Global Financial Collapse — Doc Zone, CBC

15 October 2011

The story of the bankers who crashed the world, the leaders who struggled to save it and the ordinary families who got crushed. more »

Danny Schechter.

Danny Schechter — On The Edge with Max Keiser

18 September 2011

Max Keiser interviews the ‘News Dissector’.

Antony Fisher and Oliver Smedley.

The Curse of Tina — Adam Curtis, BBC

18 September 2011

Carry on Thinking: the rise of the modern ‘Think Tank’ and how they have made thinking impossible.

"Cameron, you're a schmuck!"

Banking Looters — Keiser Report

17 August 2011

Stacy Herbert and Max Keiser observe the British shock that there is no society, followed by a talk with former bank regulator William K Black about the absence of justice for banking crimes and whether or not the population plays a role in demanding this justice.

John McDonnell.

Riots, Recession & Resistance — John McDonnell

17 August 2011

Coalition of Resistance and BARAC public meeting, Central London, 11 August 2011.

Inside Job.

Inside Job (2010) — Charles Ferguson

30 June 2011

Why are countries having austerity measures imposed upon them? This film provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008. Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists and academics, the film traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation and academia.

Plunder: The Crime of Our Time.

Interview with Danny Schechter — Democracy Now

23 June 2011

Investigative journalist, filmmaker and author, Danny Schechter discusses his latest movie, Plunder: The Crime of Our Time. It features interviews with industry insiders to reveal how the financial crisis was built on a foundation of criminal activity. more »

All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace.

All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace (2011) — Adam Curtis, BBC

9 June 2011

New three-part documentary series by Adam Curtis that claims that computers have failed to liberate us, and instead, have “distorted and simplified our view of the world around us”. more »

Part 1: Love and Power

Part 2: The Use and Abuse of Vegetational Concepts

Part 3: The Monkey in the Machine and the Machine in the Monkey

The Story of Stuff.

The Story of Stuff — Annie Leonard

9 June 2011

From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. This short film looks at the underside of our production and consumption patterns.

Max Keiser.

As Gold As Gold — The Keiser Report

24 April 2011

Max Keiser talks to Taki Oldham, director of The Billionaires Tea Party, about tea parties, astroturfing and Ayn Rand. Find out more about Oldham's film here:

Britain's Banks: Too Big to Save?

Britain's Banks: Too Big to Save? — Robert Peston, BBC

20 February 2011

It's more than two years since the giant banks were bailed out with billions of pounds of tax-payers' money, yet little has been done to reform or regulate these vast institutions. Robert Peston looks at how the international regulators, a little-known and secretive committee that sits in the Swiss city of Basel, have consistently failed to curb the excesses of the giant banks and how new proposals fall short of the root-and-branch reform promised after the crash. more »

Greg Palast.

Welcome to Fakeville — The Keiser Report

17 February 2011

Max Keiser talks to author and documentary filmmaker Greg Palast about whether it is peak oil or oil dictatorships that are the bigger threat to the global economy.

How The Rich Beat The Tax Man.

How The Rich Beat The Tax Man — Dispatches, Channel 4

23 October 2010

With more than twenty millionaires in the Conservative cabinet, reporter Antony Barnett examines the financial affairs of some ministers and others who have helped the coalition. George Osborne says “we're all in this together” but are ministers and top Tories paying the same rates of tax as the rest of us? Barnett visits a number of offshore tax havens around the world still under British control, to find out more about tax avoidance ploys.

Prof. Greg Philo.

Professor Greg Philo: Privatise The National Debt — The Real Deal

25 August 2010

George Galloway interviews Glasgow University professor Greg Philo, who has an ingenious way to pay off the national debt: privatise it. In a YouGov poll, 74 percent of the population would favour a one-off tax of the wealthiest six million people in the UK. Philo is research director of the Glasgow Media Group. more »

Capitalism: A Love Story.

Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) — Michael Moore

5 April 2010

Moore's latest film comes home to the issue he's been examining throughout his career: the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans.

The Shock Doctrine.

The Shock Doctrine — Renegade Pictures/Revolution Films

2 September 2009

Based on Naomi Klein's bestselling book, The Shock Doctrine argues that America's ‘free market’ policies have come to dominate the world through the exploitation of disaster-shocked people and countries. Both the film and book argue that governments all over the world exploit natural disasters, economic crises and wars to push through radical free market policies. Klein calls this ‘disaster capitalism’. The film concludes that the result is often catastrophic for ordinary people and hugely beneficial to big corporations. more »

Banksters should go to jail.

William K Black: CSI Bailout — Bill Moyers, PBS

5 April 2009

Fraud, corruption, incompetence, cover-up; these ‘banksters’ and their cronies in government should be prosecuted and jailed — that would help restore confidence in the system. Bill Moyers interviews William K Black on what caused the economic meltdown and what can be done to begin solving the crisis. more »

Plain Old Greed.

Plain Old Greed — Yorgos Avgeropoulos

15 March 2009

Investigating the US financial meltdown, this film reveals the ruined lives, crooked banks and the stupidity that brought it all about. Lays bare the bankers' addiction that drove world markets into recession. It was obvious what was happening but Wall Street couldn't stop itself. more »

Silly Money.

Silly Money — Bremner Bird & Fortune

3 November 2008

A satirical four-part look at the global financial system.

The Crash of 1929.

The Crash of 1929 — Ronald H Blumer

2 July 2008

Originally produced in the mid-1990s, this film remains the most authoritative account of the Crash of 1929, and includes rare testimony from the people who worked on Wall Street at the time.

Super Rich: The Greed Game.

Super Rich: The Greed Game — Robert Peston, BBC

5 April 2008

As the credit crunch bites and a global economic crisis threatens, Robert Peston reveals how the super-rich have made their fortunes, and the rest of us are picking up the bill.

Looting the Russian Economy.

Looting the Russian Economy (2001) — ABC Australia

11 March 2007

This is a story about the money-laundering game involving Russian gangsters, corrupt officials, impoverished South Pacific islands and some of the world's most reputable banks. See how $200-500 billion was looted from the Russian economy through virtual offshore banks.

Bolivia for sale.

Bolivia for sale — Dylan Howitt

4 March 2007

Damian Lewis travels to Bolivia to investigate the effects of privatisation in three key markets: water, gas and milk. President Evo Morales's recent victory was fuelled by large-scale protests against water and gas privatisations.

War by Other Means.

War by Other Means (1992) — John Pilger

10 February 2007

Pilger examines the policy of First World banks agreeing loans with Third World countries, who are then unable to meet the crippling interest charges, resulting in the systematic stripping of natural resources and a steep rise in poverty.

The New Rulers of the World.

The New Rulers of the World (2001) — John Pilger

27 August 2006

Pilger explores the impact of globalisation, taking Indonesia as his prime example, a country that the World Bank described as a “model pupil” until its “globalised” economy collapsed in 1998. Under scrutiny are the increasingly powerful multinationals and the institutions that back them, notably the IMF and The World Bank.

The League of Gentlemen.

Pandora's Box: The League of Gentlemen (1992) — Adam Curtis, BBC

15 August 2006

Forty years ago, a group of economists managed to convince British politicians that they had foolproof technical means to make Britain great again. This film tells the saga of how their experiments led the country deeper into economic decline.

The Pope and the Mafia Millions.

The Pope and the Mafia Millions — Redback Films

16 March 2006

Italian banker Roberto Calvi was found dead in 1982 in London. Known as God's banker for his links with the Vatican, Calvi was the chairman of Banco Ambrosiano and a central figure in a complex web of international fraud. Did the P2 masonic lodge arrange to have him silenced?

A BBC report, broadcast on 14 July 1982, with some background to the Calvi case.

The Mayfair Set.

The Mayfair Set (1999) — Adam Curtis, BBC

16 October 2005

Four-part series that looks at the rise of business and the decline of political power. Adam Curtis reveals massive corruption of the British government by corporations and the global markets.

Part 1: Who Pays Wins

Part 2: Entrepreneur Spelt S.P.I.V.

Part 3: Destroy the Technostructure

Part 4: The Twilight of the Dogs

military-industrial complex

Why We Fight — Eugene Jarecki

24 March 2005

What are the forces that shape and propel American militarism? This award-winning film provides an inside look at the anatomy of the American war machine. Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions.

Unofficial Why We Fight promo:

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.

Interview with John Perkins — Democracy Now

12 March 2005

Former respected member of the international banking community, John Perkins describes how he helped the US cheat third-world countries out of trillions of dollars.

The Dollar a Day Dress.

The Dollar a Day Dress — Panorama, BBC

7 March 2005

Panorama travelled the world to create “The dollar a day dress” — a symbol of how the world trade system harms the poor. Steve Bradshaw travelled from the Sahara to the Andes to discover some of the harsh truths about free trade and its impact on the developing world.

Breaking the Bank.

Breaking the Bank — Independent Media Center

25 December 2004

An account of the April 2000 protests against the IMF and World Bank. Looks into the issues behind the protests such as IMF/World Bank policies and international militarism, ecologically devastating development projects, food production and poverty within the First World.

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The Carlyle Connection — Shuchen Tan, VPRO Backlight

25 April 2004

A revealing documentary about the international world of private equity banking.