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Sun, Dec 08


Epsilon Spires Sanctuary

Capitalism Documentary: Part 3

Screening and discussion of final episodes 5 & 6 of CAPITALISM, an ambitious and accessible documentary series that looks at both the history of ideas and the social forces that have shaped the capitalist world.

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Capitalism Documentary: Part 3
Capitalism Documentary: Part 3

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Dec 08, 2019, 7:00 PM

Epsilon Spires Sanctuary, 190 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301

About the event

The six-part documentary series will be screened in three installments on the evenings of: November 29th, December 4th, and December 8th. Screenings will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Bob Johnson, Founder/CEO of Omega Optical.

Episode 5: Keynes vs Hayek: A Fake Debate? The ideological divide between the philosophies of John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich Hayek has dominated economics for nearly a century. Is it time for the pendulum to swing back to Keynes? Or do we need a whole new approach that goes beyond this dualism?

Episode 6: Karl Polanyi, The Human Factor An exploration of the life and work of Karl Polanyi, who sought to reintegrate society and economy. Could the commodification of labour and money ultimately be as disastrous as floods, drought and earthquakes?

"I'm both captivated and persuaded by the discourse... Demystifies both key economic theories and their selective evolutions and perversions into marketing slogans and other deceptive catchphrases, each chapter has a cleansing and clarifying effect."Cinema Scope

Capitalism has been the engine of unprecedented economic growth and social transformation. With the fall of the communist states and the triumph of "neo- liberalism," capitalism is by far the world's dominant ideology. But how much do we understand about how it originated and what makes it work?

With on-the-ground footage shot in twenty-two countries, CAPITALISM questions the myth of the unfettered free market, explores the nature of debt and commodities, and retraces some of the great economic debates of the last 200 years.

An impressive series that makes economics accessible through an interdisciplinary approach that explores the work of great thinkers, while embedding economics in specific social, political, and historical contexts. Featuring conversations with some of the world's top economists, historians, anthropologists, and sociologists, including Thomas Piketty, Noam Chomsky, Yanis Varoufakis, Nicholas Phillipson, Kari Polanyi Levitt, David Graeber, and Abraham Rotstein. 

Each 52 minute episode stands alone, for this screening we will include the episodes 3 & 4 in the series with an informal discussion to follow. All events in the series are free and open to the public.

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