with Chris Hedges
August 10, 2011
CapitalismCrisis on Aug 9, 2011
Capitalism Is The Crisis: Radical Politics in the Age of Austerity examines the ideological roots of the “austerity” agenda and proposes revolutionary paths out of the current crisis. The film features original interviews with Chris Hedges, Derrick Jensen, Michael Hardt, Peter Gelderloos, Leo Panitch, David McNally, Richard J.F. Day, Imre Szeman, Wayne Price, and many more!
The 2008 “financial crisis” in the United States was a systemic fraud in which the wealthy finance capitalists stole trillions of public dollars. No one was jailed for this crime, the largest theft of public money in history.
Instead, the rich forced working people across the globe to pay for their “crisis” through punitive “austerity” programs that gutted public services and repealed workers’ rights.
Austerity was named “Word of the Year” for 2010.
This documentary explains the nature of capitalist crisis, visits the protests against austerity measures, and recommends revolutionary paths for the future.
Special attention is devoted to the crisis in Greece, the 2010 G20 Summit protest in Toronto, Canada, and the remarkable surge of solidarity in Madison, Wisconsin.
It may be their crisis, but it’s our problem.
From the archives:
This Time We’re Taking the Whole Planet With Us by Chris Hedges
Farewell Content: Class Wars and Ass Wars By Gary Corseri
Whistle While You Work with Michael Parenti and Greg Boozel (2007; must-see)
When the Revolution Comes by Gaither Stewart
Mystery: How Wealth Creates Poverty in the World by Michael Parenti (2007)
Richard Wolff: Capitalism: Is It Working For Us?
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I don’t agree with the underlying message of this video. First of all we do not have capitalism in the US. Few people really understand how capitalism is supposed to work or why it doesn’t work in the US. What we have is the corruption of capitalism in the US but also the corruption of every other important social institution in our society. No system can work–not socialism, communism, or any ism–if enough unenlightened individuals lie, cheat, and game the system for their own selfish interests. The film identifies some of the problems that our society faces but it doesn’t really offer a solution. Certainly anarchy is not a solution. Nor does it suggest how we can get from where we are to where want to be or who has a vision of what society would look like or how things would really work if we did away with our current way of life. Anarchy is not solution other than a way to cause fear, destroy property, prevent civil discourse, and reduce productivity. We do need to change what we have, but we also need to understand how things work and have a clear vision of what works, what doesn’t work, and where we want to go before we start dismantling everything around us without a thought to what comes next.
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