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Commanding Heights

Posted by Idrees Ahmad on February 4, 2008

The Battle for the World Economy

Here is an excellent three part series from PBS that presents a rather celebratory but interesting account of globalization.

1. The Battle of Ideas

A global economy, energized by technological change and unprecedented flows of people and money, collapses in the wake of a terrorist attack …. The year is 1914.

Worldwide war results, exhausting the resources of the great powers and convincing many that the economic system itself is to blame. From the ashes of the catastrophe, an intellectual and political struggle ignites between the powers of government and the forces of the marketplace, each determined to reinvent the world’s economic order.

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Posted in america, capitalism, class war, colonialism, communism, consumerism, corporatocracy, culture, debt, documentary, economics, england, film.globalisation, globalisation, imf | Leave a Comment »

The Festivity Industrial Complex

Posted by Dave (The Void) on December 12, 2007

I’ve stopped getting spam from eBay about early Christmas shopping, and started getting spam from eBay about last-minute Christmas shopping. ‘Tis well and truly the season, then, to stand up to the relentless pressure upon us to consume, consume, consume through the pre-Xmas rush. Here’s two short films and an even shorter stand-up clip that I hope will offset and allay some of that stress.

The Production Of Meaning

From Adbusters (h/t Openmedia), this is a bit too stylish and unsubstantial for my taste (as is the Buy Nothing Day initiative), but it’s enjoyable enough and should put some of the constant background hum of advertising into perspective. 15 minutes.

The Story Of Stuff

Consumer-capitalism made very very simple, in a cute 21 minute animation by Annie Leonard (h/t ReclaimingSpace).  Finally, a TAYT video you can watch with all the family.

Bill Hicks on Marketing

If you only have time for one of these clips, here’s a stand-up gem from the late Bill Hicks that you owe it to yourself to watch – especially if you work in marketing. 3 minutes.

Posted in advertising, capitalism, christmas, comedy, consumerism, corporatocracy, environment, marketing, pollution, video | Tagged: | 1 Comment »

The New Rulers Of The World

Posted by Dave (The Void) on September 28, 2007

In this documentary (53 mins), John Pilger looks at a new informal kind of Empire – that which acts through and on behalf of transnational corporations – and how it can be just as violent and exploitative as the formal empires of the past.

Posted in capitalism, class war, corporatocracy, documentary, empire, exploitation, film, imf, imperialism, indonesia, john pilger, poverty, video | Leave a Comment »

Iraq For Sale, War For Profit

Posted by Dave (The Void) on September 17, 2007

Reconstructing Iraq, apparently, is a job for Bechtel, Halliburton and other firms grown rich from burning the Third World’s money.  Private data extraction specialists were behind some of the worst atrocities of Abu Ghraib and elsewhere, and the mercenaries of Blackwater are literally making a killing.  The number of contractors like these in Iraq has been growing since the outset of hostilities, and has now overtaken that of regular troops.

Iraq For Sale

This Robert Greenwald film (76 mins) views the problem very much through a “Support The Troops” lens, but is nevertheless a shocking and highly informative exposé.

Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Private Army

Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill talks about everyone’s favourite mercenaries in this interview (41 mins) for Democracy Now.

Posted in capitalism, corporatocracy, corruption, film, human rights, interview, iraq, military-industrial complex, neocons, profiteering, torture, USA, video, war, war on terror | 2 Comments »

Rule By Disaster

Posted by Dave (The Void) on September 10, 2007

Nine eleven changed everything. Didn’t it?

Some perspective here, from two remarkable women.

Shock Doctrine – Naomi Klein

In Alfonso Cuaron’s interpretation (7 mins) of her new book, Klein shows how shock and disorientation have been used to steal our world and sell it off, from the 11th September 1973 to the 11th September 2001 and beyond.

Come September – Arundhati Roy

This renowned 2002 lecture (74 mins) to the Lannan Foundation disusses nationalism, capitalism, and a century of bloody Septembers. Witty, moving and informative, it was later reinterpreted as the documentary film ‘We; see also the subsequent interview with Howard Zinn.

Transcript follows.

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Posted in 9-11, activism, afghanistan, anti-war, capitalism, corporatocracy, disaster, india, lecture, nationalism, palestine, propaganda, USA, video, war on terror | 1 Comment »

Is Another World Possible? Naomi Klein’s ASA address

Posted by Dave (The Void) on August 21, 2007

Journalist and author Naomi Klein addresses the American Sociological Association, in a meeting themed “Is Another World Possible”. In an informed and inspiring talk (~36mins) on globalisation, altermondialisation and the end of The End Of History, Klein argues:

We did not lose the battles of ideas. We were not outsmarted and we were not out-argued. We lost because we were crushed. Sometimes we were crushed by army tanks, and sometimes we were crushed by think tanks. And by think tanks I mean the people who are paid to think by the makers of tanks.

Parts two to four follow.

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Posted in activism, capitalism, corporatocracy, globalisation, lecture, socialism, video | 1 Comment »

The Corporation

Posted by Dave (The Void) on August 15, 2007

A stylish and informative insight into corporate power, its history and its nature. (145mins). See also TheCorporation.com

Part two follows.

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Posted in capitalism, corporatocracy, democracy, documentary, economics, film, globalisation, money, privatisation, video | 3 Comments »

Supermarket Secrets

Posted by Dave (The Void) on July 22, 2007

The place of food in Western society has been completely transformed over the past fifty years, with the rise and ultimately the dominance of a few enormous supermarket chains.  From the farm or factory to the dinner table, every aspect of what we eat is controlled by these companies – not for our sakes, of course, but for their shareholders’.  This documentary (two episodes, 50 mins each) shows some of the consequences.

Part two follows.

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Posted in animal rights, capitalism, corporatocracy, documentary, economics, food, health, supermarkets, uk, video | Leave a Comment »

War On Science

Posted by michaelgreenwell on July 12, 2007

BBC Horizon programme

related links…

http://michaelgreenwell.wordpress.com/2007/07/08/brilliant/

Posted in brainwashing, corporatocracy, creationism, darwin, documentary, film, intelligent design, media, politics, propaganda, religion | Leave a Comment »

OUTFOXED

Posted by michaelgreenwell on July 9, 2007

Robert Greenwald’s documentary (even if he is part of moveon.org) shows excellently some of the techniques used by todays media.

Posted in brainwashing, capitalism, censorship, corporatocracy, documentary, film, iraq, journalism, media, murdoch, politics, propaganda, TV | 1 Comment »