3rd i and ATA present:
Capitalism–Episodes 3 & 4
When: Friday, January 26, 7:00 pm
Where: Artists’ Television Access,
992 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
3rd i and ATA screened Capitalism episode 1 and 2 late last year, and now we’re screening Episodes 3 and 4 of ‘Capitalism’, directed by Ilan Ziv. There will be an introduction, going over the key points of Episode 1 & 2 before we screen Episode 3 & 4.
Here’s a brief rundown of the episodes:
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?
Capitalism: A Six-Part Series (2015), directed by Ilan Ziv, blending interviews with some of the world’s great historians, economists, anthropologists, and social critics, including Vandana Shiva (India), Episode 4 Author, Environmental Activist, India, Dr. Aseem Shrivastava (India), Episode 4, Enviornmental Economist, with on-the-ground footage shot in twenty-two countries, it 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.
Episode 1: Adam Smith, The Birth of the Free Market
Capitalism is much more complex than the vision Adam Smith laid out in The Wealth of Nations. Indeed, it predates Smith by centuries and took root in the practices of colonialism and the slave trade.
Episode 2: The Wealth of Nations: A New Gospel?
Adam Smith was both economist and moral philosopher. But his work on morality is largely forgotten, leading to tragic distortions that have shaped our global economic system.
Episode 3: Ricardo and Malthus: Did You Say Freedom?
The roots of today’s global trade agreements lie in the work of stockbroker David Ricardo and demographer Thomas Malthus. Together, they would restructure society in the image of the market.
Episode 4: What If Marx Was Right?
Have we gotten Marx wrong by focusing on the Communist Manifesto instead of on his critique of how capitalism works – a critique that is relevant and as penetrating as ever?