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Post by Celtiberian on Mon Apr 04, 2011 9:56 pm

I'd like this thread to be used for the purpose of posting educational videos pertaining to socialist political economy:

ANTI-CAPITALISM



*Mikhail Bakunin's concise explanation of capitalist injustice.




*Golden Rule: The Investment Theory of Politics is an independent documentary film based off of Thomas Ferguson's superb work.




*Noam Chomsky explains wage labor and exploitation.




*Noam Chomsky on libertarianism and laissez-faire markets.




*Noam Chomsky discusses why blocking workers' control is more important to that bourgeoisie than profit.




*Naomi Klein's brilliant documentary, based off her bestselling work, The Shock Doctrine.


PART I of II:


*Brendan Cooney explores the ethical critique of capitalism.


PART I of II:


*Brendan Cooney answers common questions about exploitation.


PART I of II:


*Brendan Cooney destroys the myth of "capitalist equilibrium."


PART I of V:


*David Harvey explains the thesis of his book, A Brief History of Neoliberalism.




*David Harvey on the crises of capitalism.




*Refuting common right-wing tax myths.




*Barbara Ehrenreich explores the darker side of positive thinking within capitalist societies.




*George Carlin explains who really controls America.


PART I of V:


*The Unseen China: How life has been for China's proletariat since the nation's capitalist reforms.


PART I of VII:


*Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Children is a disturbing exposé of the multi-billion dollar campaign underway which is successfully molding the youth into mindless and obedient consumers.




SOCIALISM:



*Workers' Self-Management: the cornerstone of the socialist mode of production.


PART I of IX:


*The Take is an extremely inspirational documentary film about the Argentine working-class reclaiming closed factories and running them themselves.


PART I of II:


*The Mondragón Cooperative Corporation is a federation of hundreds of worker-run cooperatives producing home appliances, machine tools, agricultural equipment, medical equipment, generators, motor coaches, thermoplastics, home and office furniture, boilers, numerical control systems, electrical equipment, and much more. Aside from these producer cooperatives, they also have agricultural cooperatives, education cooperatives, R&D cooperatives, construction cooperatives, a cooperative bank (the Caja Laboral Popular - the "Working People's Bank"), etc. MCC has over 85,000 employees, their annual sales exceed $6 billion and their assets are worth over $13 billion. Mondragón is one of the largest businesses in Spain and it's vastly more egalitarian than capitalist firms. The highest paid worker in an average Mondragón cooperative (usually the managers) is only paid 5 times as much as the lowest paid employee. The highest wage differential in the entire federation is 9:1, the lowest is 3:1. The workers themselves decide the differentials democratically. Contrast that to corporations in the United States wherein CEO's earn close 500 times that of their average employee.




*Excerpts from Peter Kropotkin's Conquest of Bread.




*Why we need a socialized health care system.




*Defending Britain's National Health Service.




*Daniel Pink on the surprising truth about what really motivates us.


PART I of V:


*Richard Dawkins' documentary exploring the evolutionary adaptation of reciprocal altruism (the foundation of socialism).


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Post by Celtiberian on Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:19 am

SOCIALISM:

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*The Mondragón Experiment is an excellent early documentary film about the history and economic success of the Mondragón cooperatives. Despite the numerous tribulations the company's founder, Jose Maria Arizmendiarrieta, faced at the hands of Francisco Franco's forces of reaction, his vision of a successful non-capitalist business entity was realized. The organizational structure of Mondragón is gone over in-depth, and I highly recommend the film to everyone in the forum.
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Post by GF on Wed Apr 06, 2011 5:41 pm

The Conquest of Bread video makes me wonder, what is the Executive Committee's opinion on Kropotkin's Anarcho-Communism?
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Post by Isakenaz on Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:18 am

In the meantime here is a link to Kropotkin's thoughts.
http://libcom.org/library/communism-anarchy-1901-peterkropotkin
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Post by GF on Wed Apr 13, 2011 5:01 pm

Isakenaz wrote:Sorry any replies have been slow in coming. Your question hasn't been ignored.

Ok, thank you.
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Post by Celtiberian on Fri Apr 15, 2011 12:20 am

Godfaesten wrote:The Conquest of Bread video makes me wonder, what is the Executive Committee's opinion on Kropotkin's Anarcho-Communism?

I can't speak on behalf of the entire Committee, but I consider Kropotkin to have been a brilliant biologist (especially considering the era he conducted his research in) and an exceptional critic of capitalism. With that said, I happen to think his anarcho-communist solution to the ills of capitalism isn't exactly feasible within the context of a modern industrialized society—I think he was perhaps a tad overly optimistic about the potential implications that lay behind our natural instinct towards mutual aid.


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Post by GF on Fri Apr 15, 2011 6:48 am

Celtiberian wrote:I can't speak on behalf of the entire Committee, but I consider Kropotkin to have been a brilliant biologist (especially considering the era he conducted his research in) and an exceptional critic of capitalism. With that said, I happen to think his anarcho-communist solution to the ills of capitalism isn't exactly feasible within the context of a modern industrialized society—I think he was perhaps a tad overly optimistic about the potential implications that lay behind our natural instinct towards mutual aid.

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Post by Isakenaz on Sun Apr 17, 2011 11:14 am



Worth a watch.
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Post by Isakenaz on Mon Apr 18, 2011 3:26 pm



Here it is, the video that helped start it all.
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Post by GF on Sun Apr 24, 2011 11:00 am

Short clip from a Ukrainian TV show that explains Socialist Nationalism.


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Re: Educational Videos

Post by godlessnorth on Sun May 01, 2011 4:39 am

Godfaesten wrote:Short clip from a Ukrainian TV show that explains Socialist Nationalism.


Yes, Ukranians are very attractive, but what are they saying?! Shocked
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Post by GF on Sun May 01, 2011 10:41 am

godlessnorth wrote:Yes, Ukranians are very attractive, but what are they saying?! Shocked

Thank you, and if you click the arrow button and click CC in the menu that pops up, you can turn on subtitles.

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Post by GF on Mon May 23, 2011 9:31 pm

Isakenaz wrote:

Here it is, the video that helped start it all.

Could you change the link in the description box to our new site? It already has over 1,000 views, and we'd probably get more visitors if you changed it to a working link. Smile

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Post by Rev Scare on Tue May 24, 2011 2:06 am

Godfaesten wrote:
Could you change the link in the description box to our new site? It already has over 1,000 views, and we'd probably get more visitors if you changed it to a working link. Smile

Indeed. Thank you for drawing attention to the obsolete link. It should be changed so as to direct visitors to this forum. It is an excellent video and deserves to be revised so as to reflect our new medium.

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Re: Educational Videos

Post by Celtiberian on Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:42 am

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*G. A. Cohen was a brilliant (socialist) analytic philosopher and one of the co-founders of the September Group of Analytical Marxism in the late 1980s. All of his work is worth reading, but Self-Ownership, Freedom, and Equality and Karl Marx's Theory of History: A Defense are especially worthy of your time.

In the videos above, Prof. Cohen provides viewers with a very concise, but nonetheless excellent, explanation of why capitalism "deprives people of their rightful share in the world's resources" and "frustrates the satisfaction of fundamental human needs."

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Post by WodzuUK on Thu Jun 16, 2011 12:43 pm

A great example of how zionist's control the world

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Post by Celtiberian on Thu Jun 16, 2011 1:27 pm

WodzuUK wrote:A great example of how zionist's control the world


I agree that Jewish elites control a disproportionate percentage of our political and economic institutions, relative to their population size, in the Western world today (particularly in the United States). And yes, a lot of Jews possess a Zionist supremacist world view. Nevertheless, I consider much of Kevin MacDonald's research to be misleading and basically useless—not unlike the entire discipline of evolutionary psychology in general.

First of all, he attempts to link "political radicalism" exclusively to Jews, when it was European gentiles (many of them being overtly antisemitic) who basically invented socialism, and who were just as instrumental in the development of communism—to say nothing of the violent labor union activism that was taking place in the United States, which was largely being led by gentiles. He also conveniently fails to mention that the Immigration Act of 1924, which significantly limited non-White immigration into the United States, was primarily supported by trade unions—mainly the American Federation of Labor, which was then headed by the Jewish immigrant, Samuel Gompers. It was gentile and Jewish capitalists who were behind wanting to increase the size of the labor market, just as they've always been. Most Jewish-American labor activists were adamantly opposed to immigration, particularly non-White immigration (including the founding member of the Socialist Party of America, Victor L. Berger). Those who try to shift the responsibility of immigration in the United States exclusively onto Jews, thereby absolving gentile capitalists of any and all responsibility, are being obscurantists.

Of course Zionist organizations sought to increase the amount of Jewish immigration from Eastern Europe into this country; every ethnic minority organization pursues such an agenda, from Cuban-Americans to Chinese-Americans. Non-capitalist Jews simply have no special interest in dramatically altering our nation's ethnic demographic. Whatever support for multiculturalism that happens to exist within the Jewish community today is just as observable in the gentile community, and it's being fostered by bourgeois interests. Kevin MacDonald, however, is a paleoconservative reactionary, and thus omits information that reveals the capitalist mode of production of being the leading cause of immigration and multiculturalism.

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Post by Celtiberian on Tue Jun 21, 2011 4:26 am

ANTI-CAPITALISM



*Socialist economist, Robin Hahnel, briefly discusses the current crisis of capitalism.

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Post by Rev Scare on Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:55 pm

WodzuUK wrote:A great example of how zionist's control the world


It is undeniable that Jews possess a disproportionate amount of power in relation to their percentage of the total population (which is something I would attribute to their higher average intelligence quotient and stronger cultural pressures to achieve), but at this point, I find it patently absurd to consider that a small sect of Jewish elites engineer the course of Western history. It was convenient to embrace such an outlook when I was younger, but honest (non-bourgeois) education quickly dispelled such notions. It amazes me that so many of those who would emphasize Zionism as a corrosive influence in society so adamantly refuse to acknowledge the capitalist nature of the problem—some would even go so far as to assert that Jews somehow "corrupt" the "proper" functioning of capitalist class relations! Ridiculous. Likewise, to think that the gentile CEO is in any way more "benevolent" or "pure of heart" than the Jewish CEO is to flirt with romanticism.

Even if all the Jews were obliterated tomorrow, the ravenous beast that is capitalism would maintain its frenzied charge, and global conditions would not change in the least, but they would most certainly continue to deteriorate.

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Post by Celtiberian on Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:01 am

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*Lifting the Veil: Obama and the Failure of Capitalist Democracy is an absolutely brilliant documentary addressing the impossibility of attempting to have a functioning democracy operate within the capitalist mode of production. It also goes over the history of how the Democratic Party has co-opted progressive movements in order to pacify them and put them in the service of capital.

I implore everyone to watch it, but be forewarned: Some of the footage in the film is quite disturbing.

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Post by Rev Scare on Sat Jun 25, 2011 5:36 am

Super Rich: The Greed Game:



Documentary examining in detail how the wealthy elite amassed unfathomable fortunes at the expense of society and the resultant economic crisis that followed. If you are in the mood to process the revolting lifestyle of the contemporary bourgeoisie, this is the film for you.

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Post by Rev Scare on Sat Jun 25, 2011 5:48 am

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices:



An interesting documentary examining Walmart's harrowing market power and economic impact.


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Post by Rev Scare on Sat Jun 25, 2011 6:17 am

ANTI-CAPITALISM


The Corporation:


Poignant documentary which examines the emergence, structure, and role of the modern corporation in the world, particularly within the United States. If you are seeking further justification for punching Ronald McDonald in the face or setting fire to your local Walmart, this is the documentary for you.

If the embedding does not work, the video can be found here. (Please try to ignore the ironic presence of the advertisements.)

Manufacturing Consent:



A gripping documentary that focuses upon Noam Chomsky's contention that the mass media serve as a form of "thought control in a democratic society." It analyzes and exposes the corporate state's manipulation of public opinion through the use of the corporate media. Video can be found here.

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