Radical Politics in the Age of Austerity
“There’s class warfare, alright, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” ~ Warren Buffet
“The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets”
~ John D. Rockefeller
Capitalism Is The Crisis: Radical Politics in the Age of Austerity examines the ideological roots of the “austerity” agenda and proposes revolutionary paths out of the current crisis. The film features original interviews with
Chris Hedges (author of The Death of the Liberal Class),
Derrick Jensen (author of Endgame),
Michael Hardt (co-author of Empire, Multitude, and Commonwealth),
Peter Gelderloos (author of How Nonviolence Protects The State [pdf]),
Leo Panitch (co-author of In and Out of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives),
Professor David McNally (author of Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance),
Richard J.F. Day (author of Gramsci Is Dead: Anarchist Currents in the Newest Social Movements),
Imre Szeman (Canada Research Chair, University of Alberta),
Wayne Price (author of Anarchism and Socialism: Reformism or Revolution?),
Gary Kinsman (co-author of The Canadian War on Queers: National Security as Sexual Regulation)
Sedef Arat-Koc (co-author of Through The Kitchen Window: The Politics of Home and Family)
Robert Chernomas (co-author of The Gatekeepers: 60 Years of Economics According to the New York Times)
Ajamu Nangwaya (University of Toronto graduate student / former VP of CUPE Ontario)
Max Haiven (Professor of Historical and Cultural Studies, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design)
Dana Williams (co-author of Anarchy and Society: An Open-Ended Draft of a Future Anarchist-Sociology (forthcoming))
Jordy Cummings (journalist and York University graduate student)
Eaton Harris (Mondragon Cafe in Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Mohamed Jean Vaneuse (Queen’s University graduate student)
James Clancy President (National Union of Public and General Employees)
David Climenhaga (Director of Communications, Alberta Union of Provincial Employees)
The 2008 “financial crisis” in the United States was a systemic fraud in which the wealthy finance capitalists stole trillions of public dollars. No one was jailed for this crime, the largest theft of public money in history.
Instead, the rich forced working people across the globe to pay for their “crisis” through punitive “austerity” programs that gutted public services and repealed workers’ rights.
Austerity was named “Word of the Year” for 2010.
This documentary explains the nature of capitalist crisis, visits the protests against austerity measures, and recommends revolutionary paths for the future.
Special attention is devoted to the crisis in Greece, the 2010 G20 Summit protest in Toronto, Canada, and the remarkable surge of solidarity in Madison, Wisconsin.
It may be their crisis, but it’s our problem.
Articles mentioned in the video:
> Employed But Struggling: Report Finds 1 in 3 Working Families Near Poverty
> USA Today – Record number in government anti-poverty programs
> The New York Times – Recession Seen Taking Toll on Gender Equality
> Profits At Largest 500 Corporations Grew By 81 Percent In 2010
> Number Of Uninsured Americans Soars To Over 50 Million
> $1.2 Trillion Spent on the Military While the Rest of Us Fight Over Crumbs
> Americans Vastly Underestimate Wealth Inequality, Support ‘More Equal Distribution Of Wealth’: Study
> Earth on Track for Epic Die-Off, Scientists Say
> Wildlife extinction rates ‘seriously underestimated’
> Global groundwater levels dwindling: study
‘You will have hunger and social unrest,’ researcher warns
> Has the Earth’s sixth mass extinction already arrived?