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Capitalism - Episode 4: What If Marx Was Right?
Directed by Ilan Ziv
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The CAPITALISM series consists of six (6) episodes on three (3) DVDs that are packaged and sold together as one unit.

"Paradoxically, we can't really learn that much about socialism or communism or the future from Marx. We can learn a great deal about how capital works."Marx historian David Harvey

"The fourth episode, about Karl Marx and his legacy, is spellbinding... It's a dazzling summary of how the Industrial Age has affected mankind, and every sequence is worth committing to memory."—The DVD Laser Disk Newsletter

When the communist systems of the 20th century crumbled, many thought that was the end for Karl Marx as a serious thinker too. But the last few years have seen a reawakening of interest in Marx's work - in particular for his analysis of the nature of capital and the forces it unleashes.

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Concentrating on commodification, alienation, and the fetishization of money and credit, WHAT IF MARX WAS RIGHT argues that Marx is more relevant now than he has been in nearly a century. Have we gotten Marx wrong by focusing on the Communist Manifesto instead of on his still-cogent critique of how capitalism works?

Featuring former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, small farm activist Vandana Shiva, economist Thomas Piketty and Marx experts Mary Gabriel and David Harvey, among others. View the complete list of storytellers.

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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?

53 minutes / Color
Release: 2015
Copyright: 2014

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Subject areas:
Business, Business Ethics, Business and Economics, Economics, Economic Sociology, Europe (West), Globalization, Historiography, History (World), Labor Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Political Theory, Politics, Sociology

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The Films of Ilan Ziv


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