Monday, July 29, 2013

Marx Reloaded

"Marx Reloaded" is a cultural documentary that examines the relevance of German socialist and philosopher Karl Marx's ideas for understanding the global economic and financial crisis of 2008—09. The crisis triggered the deepest global recession in 70 years and prompted the US government to spend more than 1 trillion dollars in order to rescue its banking system from collapse. Today the full implications of the crisis in Europe and around the world still remain unclear. Nevertheless, should we accept the crisis as an unfortunate side-effect of the free market? Or is there another explanation as to why it happened and its likely effects on our society, our economy and our whole way of life?

Marx Reloaded  is a 2011 documentary by critical theorist Jason Barker. You can now watch the full documentary featuring Nina Power, Jacques Ranciere, Antonio Negri, Michael Hardt, Slavoj Zizek and more. It focuses on the modern day relevance of Marxism with interviews from Marxists and economists. The documentary also notes the competing notions of Communism, capitalism and politics between the various philosophers.

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