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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 »

Levellers, True Levellers, and The Diggers of 1649

Posted by charliemarks on January 11, 2008

The Levellers were a relatively loose alliance of radicals and freethinkers who came to prominence during the period of instability that characterized the English Civil War of 1642 – 1649.

What bound these people together was the general belief that all men were equal; since this was the case, then a government could only have legitimacy if it was elected by the people. The Leveller demands were for a secular republic, abolition of the House of Lords, equality before the law, the right to vote for all, free trade, the abolition of censorship, freedom of speech, the abolition of tithes and tolls, and the absolute right for people to worship whatever religion they chose, or none at all. This program was published as “The Agreement of the People”.

Part two|Part three

(click here to watch the whole programme)

The Levellers argued that since God had created all men as equals, the land belonged to all the people as a right. Their program was, then, essentially an attempt to restore the situation that they believed had existed previous to the Norman Conquest in 1099; they wanted to establish a ‘commonwealth’ in which the common people would be in control of their own destiny without the intervention of a King, a House of Lords and other potential oppressors.

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Posted in drama, england, history, nature, parliament, politics, poverty, revolution, socialism, uk politics | 4 Comments »

This Is England

Posted by Dave (The Void) on December 19, 2007

An award winning portrait of life in Thatcher’s Britain; a tale of alienation, identity, and racist violence.

(that’s a trailer; click here to watch the film)

Posted in 1980s, england, fascism, film, nationalism, racism, thatcher, uk, unemployment, video | Leave a Comment »

Jonathan Meades – On The Brandwagon

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

I live in the most regenerated city on Earth. From Liverpool to Bilbao, strange new “developments” are supposed to be breathing new life into post-industrial Europe. Are they job creation schemes, PFI gentrification, or corporate image made concrete? In this insightful and witty (if occasionally a bit snobbish) documentary (about an hour,h/t SmashingTelly.com), Jonathan Meades explores what he considers to be the lasting legacy of Tony Blair.

(click here to play all six parts)

Posted in architecture, culture, development, documentary, england, liverpool, manchester, regeneration, uk, urbanism, video | Tagged: , | 2 Comments »