Money as Debt – Documentary Films

Money is a new form of slavery and is only distinguishable from the old slavery simply by the fact that it is impersonal—that there is no human relation between master and slave. Debt

Money is a new form of slavery and is only distinguishable from the old slavery simply by the fact that it is impersonal—that there is no human relation between master and slave. Debt in government, corporate and household has reached astronomical proportions. Where does all this money come from? How could there be that much money to lend? The answer is that there isn’t…

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Part 1

Part one explains the workings of the modern money system by explores the foundations of fractional-reserve banking. New money enters the economy through the indebtedness of borrowers, thus not only obligating the public to the money-issuing private banks but also creating an endless and self-escalating debt that can never be repaid.

What is Money [1]

What is Money [2]

What is Money [3]

 

Part 2

Bailouts, stimulus packages, debt piled upon debt—where will it all end? How did we get into a situation where there has never been more material wealth and productivity and yet everyone is in debt to bankers? And now, all of a sudden, the bankers have no money and we the taxpayers, have to rescue them by going even further into debt! If this is puzzling to you, you are not alone. Very few people understand, even though all of us are affected—and this is by design…

What is Money [4] Promises Unleashed (1)

What is Money [5] Promises Unleashed (2)

What is Money [6] Promises Unleashed (3)

What is Money [7] Promises Unleashed (4)

Part 3

The final part of this series dispels the popular misconception that interest is the structural root of money problems, and shows clearly why the prevailing and generally unquestioned concept of money as a single uniform commodity is the real cause of persistent money system dysfunction and huge social inequalities. There is now, and there has long been, an alternative way to do “money”. Part three illustrates in detail, how a fundamental change in the long-held concept of money, paired with recent technology could open the door to a self-generating, self-balancing and sustainable global “money” backed by real value; open to all.

What is Money [8] The Truth about Money (1)

What is Money [9] The Truth about Money (2)

What is Money [10] The Truth about Money (3)

What is Money [11] The Truth about Money (4)

 

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MANUFACTURING CONSENT: NOAM CHOMSKY AND THE MEDIA -Documentary Films

Manufacturing Consent — Noam Chomsky and the Media explores the political life and ideas of Noam Chomsky, the infamous American linguist and political activist. Drawing on specific examples such as the corporate media coverage of the Indonesian occupation of East Timor and the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge regime of Cambodia, Manufacturing Consent shows how the collusion of government and media running the powerful propaganda machines that manipulate the opinions of the masses, is manufacturing consent…

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Mark Achbar, Peter Wintonick

  • Noam chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, social critic, and political activist. Sometimes described as “the father of modern linguistics”, Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy and one of the founders of the field of cognitive science. He is Institute Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he has worked since 1955, and is the author of over 100 books on topics such as linguistics, war, politics, and mass media. Ideologically, he aligns with anarcho-syndicalism and libertarian socialism.

The Virtual Revolution – Documentary Film

 

20 years on from the invention of the World Wide Web, The Virtual Revolution explores how the Internet is reshaping almost every aspect of our lives. But what is really going on behind this reshaping? The inventor of the Web, Tim Berners-Lee, believed his invention would remain an open frontier that nobody could own, and that it would take power from the few and give it to the many. So how do these utopian claims stand up to today?

Series

This first episode charts the extraordinary rise of blogs, Wikipedia and YouTube, and traces the ongoing clash between the freedom the technology purports to offer us, and the desire of this culture to control and make profit…

Part two examines how the Web purports to be forging a new brand of politics, both in so-called democracies and authoritarian regimes. With contributions from figureheads such as Al Gore, Martha Lane Fox, Stephen Fry and Bill Gates, presenter Aleks Krotoski explores how interactive websites like Twitter and YouTube have supposedly encouraged ‘direct action’ and politicised young people in unprecedented numbers. Yet at the same time, these very same sites have enabled governments and corporations to surveil, censor, and manipulate people and information in a way never before possible…

Explained by the business leaders of today’s web—such as Jeff Bezos (CEO of Amazon), Eric Schmidt (CEO of Google), Chad Hurley (CEO of YouTube), Bill Gates, Martha Lane Fox and Reed Hastings (CEO of Netflix)—part three traces how the corporate world has exploited the web for it’s own ends to make money and how by doing so, has realised the ultimate creation of targeted, behavioural advertising. It was Google that forged this very business model that has now come to dominate today’s web by offering a plethora of highly attractive, overtly free web services that are in fact funded through a sophisticated advertising system which trades on data about users’ behaviour, interests and the way they navigate the web. On the surface, these developments have brought about a thin veneer of convenience, but as companies and governments start to build up profiles about our online habits, behaviour, interests and preferences, one must ask what this means for our notions of privacy and personal space in the 21st century…

Taking the investigation of how the web is transforming our lives to its logical conclusion, presenter Aleks Krotoski asks renowned neuroscientist Susan Greenfield about the resulting screen culture, social networks such as Facebook and how they are changing human relationships. In a ground-breaking test at University College London, Krotoski investigates how the Web may be distracting, overloading and even changing our brains

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The Ascent of Money -Documentary Film

For millions of people, the global economic collapse has generated curiosity about how money systems actually work, as opposed to how they’re portrayed, especially when so many financial pundits seem to be baffled. In The Ascent of Money, economist Niall Ferguson works through some history that created today’s money system, visiting the locations where key events took place and poring over actual ledgers and documents, such as the first publicly traded share of a company. Viewed with a critical eye, this series aims to show how the history of money is indeed at the core of civilisation, with economic strength determining political dominance, wars fought to create wealth and individual financial barons determining the fates of millions.

Part 1 — Dreams of Avarice
From Shylock’s pound of flesh, to the loan-sharks of Glasgow; from the “promises to pay” on Babylonian clay tablets, to the Medici banking system; this first episode explains the origins of credit and debt and why credit networks are indispensable to any system of power.
Part 2 — Human Bondage
How did finance become the realm of the ruling class? Through the rise of the bond market in Renaissance Italy. With the advent of bonds, war finance was transformed and spread to north-west Europe and across the Atlantic. It was the bond market that made the Rothschilds family the richest and most powerful family of the 19th century.

Part 3 — Blowing Bubbles
Why do stock markets produce bubbles and busts? In this episode, we go back to the origins of the joint stock company in Amsterdam and Paris. This draws telling parallels between the current stock market crash and the 18th century Mississippi Bubble of Scottish financier John Law and the 2001 Enron bankruptcy. We see why members of this culture have a herd instinct when it comes to investment, and why no one can accurately predict when the bulls might stampede.

►Part 4 — Risky Business
Life is purportedly a risky business—which is why people supposedly take out insurance. But faced with an unexpected disaster, the state ‘steps in.’ This episode travels to post-Katrina New Orleans to ask why the free market can’t provide some of the adequate protection against catastrophe. The quest for an answer takes us to the origins of modern insurance in the early 19th century and to the birth of the welfare state in post-war Japan.

Part 5 — Safe As Houses
It was the greatest economic crime in the history of money that sounded so simple: Give state-owned assets to private interests. After all, what better foundation for a “property-owning democracy” than a campaign of privatisation encompassing housing? Capitalist theory says that markets can’t function without mortgages, because it’s only by borrowing against their assets that entrepreneurs can get their businesses off the ground. But what if mortgages are bundled together and sold off to the highest bidder?

Part 6 — Chimerica
The final part of the series investigates the globalisation of the Western economy and the uncertain balance between the important component countries of China and the United States. In examining the last time globalisation took hold—before World War One—we find a notable reversal; namely that today, money is pouring into the English-speaking economies from the developing world, rather than out.
Adrian Pennick, Niall Ferguson

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Citizenfour – Documentary Film

In January 2013, film-maker Laura Poitras received an encrypted e-mail from a stranger who called himself Citizen Four. In it, he offered her inside information about illegal wiretapping practices of the NSA and other intelligence agencies. Poitras had already been working for several years on a film about mass surveillance programs in the United States, and so in June 2013, she went to Hong Kong with her camera for the first meeting with the stranger, who identified himself as Edward Snowden. She was met there by investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald and The Guardian intelligence reporter Ewen MacAskill. Several other meetings followed. Citizenfour is based on the recordings from these meetings. What follows is the largest confirmations of mass surveillance using official documents themselves, the world has never seen…

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Requiem for the American Dream- Noam Chomsky Documentary film (french subtitles)

 

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Requiem for the American Dream : Le cercle vicieux de la concentration des richesses et du pouvoir