segunda-feira, 22 de outubro de 2012

Noam Chomsky : An Uninformed Electorate Votes Against Its Best Interests.

ExplodedView MEF

Noam Chomsky explains how public opinion and political policy differ and why often undecided voters vote for policies that are opposite public opinion. This was an excerpt from a talk sponsored by the Center for Popular Economics in Amherst, MA on Sept 27, 2012 called "Who Owns the World? Resistance and the Way Forward." More excerpts to come.
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1929 : The Great Crash

Examining the causes of the Wall Street Crash, when the US stock market lost a third of its value over six desperate days in October 1929, causing the loss of more than $25billion in individual wealth. 3,000 banks later failed and took investors' savings with them. People who lived through that turbulent period describe the biggest financial catastrophe in history.

domingo, 21 de outubro de 2012

Rise of the Machines - USA

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Most people see drones as a controversial weapon prowling over foreign battlegrounds. But as America's military campaigns wind down, these machines are coming home and set to change civilian lives forever.

"This is a powerful technology. No amount of hand-wringing is going to stop it", says drone expert, Peter Singer. Whether it's a floating TV station streaming live to the web, the prying lens of the paparazzi, the police chasing a criminal or a government agency spying, small domestic drones are experiencing an exponential growth. At the world's largest drone convention in Las Vegas a salesman tells the crowd, "this can be used in law enforcement, disaster relief and industrial applications. It's also very good at dusting floors. Every home owner should have one". And as the technology advances at a frightening speed, anyone with a few hundred dollars can buy one over the counter. These hobby drones can fly for miles and provide sharp video feedback to the pilot. "I wouldn't cheat on your wife!", laughs columnist Charles Krauthammer. But jokes aside, there are real fears over the "political, legal and ethical issues that play out with this", argues Singer. In 3 years time an order from the US congress will see tens of thousands of drones legally occupy an already crowded sky, raising numerous questions about basic safety, terrorism and civil liberty. As companies rush to cash in on this new billion dollar industry, experts warn, "we're not ready for this".

ABC Australia

The Entropy of Capitalism and the Food System : An Interview With Robert Biel


Edited interview with Robert Biel - author of "The Entropy of Capitalism". Produced by Luigi Russi ( London, UK. August 1, 2012

Ozzie Zehner "Solar Cells and Other Fairy Tales : Symbols and Expectations for a Clean Energy Future"

CSTMS Berkeley

This event was held at the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society at the University of California, Berkeley.

The seductive tales of wind turbines, solar cells, and biofuels foster the impression that with a few technical upgrades, we might just sustain our current energy trajectories without consequence. Media and political coverage lull us into dreams of a clean energy future juxtaposed against a tumultuous past characterized by evil oil companies and the associated energy woes they propagated. Like most fairy tales, this productivist parable contains a tiny bit of truth. And a whole lot of fantasy.

This talk does not expose a scandal or cover-up in the traditional sense, but rather explores a particular alignment of interests and priorities that presents equally provocative questions to the environmental community. Solar cells shine brightly within the idealism of textbooks and the glossy pages of environmental magazines, but real-world experiences reveal a scattered collection of side effects and limitations that rarely mature into attractive realities.

This talk is based on Ozzie's forthcoming book, Green Illusions: The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism (University of Nebraska Press, June 2012).

This event sponsored by STSC

Extraordinary Popular Delusions And The Madness Of Markets

Grant Williams

My recent presentation at the Resource Investor's Forum and Mines & Money explores economic bubbles and the classic 'Bubble Wave' and takes a look at the twin bubbles of today: Government bonds (which are set to burst) and gold (which is getting ready to enter the mania phase).

sábado, 20 de outubro de 2012

Professor Simon Kirby : "The Language Organism : evolution, culture, and what it means to be human"


Professor Simon Kirby delivered his inaugural lecture entitled "The Language Organism: evolution, culture, and what it means to be human" on 22 March 2011.

For my public Inaugural Lecture, I will be trying to give a broad accessible summary of the importance of some of the recent research in the LEC.

Our species can do something utterly unique in the natural world - a behaviour so transformative that it has reshaped the mechanisms of our own evolution. We are able to take a novel thought and cause another person to share that thought simply by recombining sounds we learned to make as children. Virtually all species communicate, but only humans have this trick called Language.

But where does this unique trait come from? How did it evolve? Why are we the only species that has it? The quest to answer these questions starts in the familiar world of biological evolution. Perhaps we have evolved an "organ" for language, just like other animals have their own specialised biological apparatus. However there is something very peculiar about language that makes such simple answers suspect. In recent years, work pioneered in Edinburgh has demonstrated that language itself is a new kind of evolutionary system -- one we are only just beginning to understand.

In this talk, I will survey the progress made in making sense of this system and what it means for our understanding of language and of ourselves. Along the way we will see how we can study language evolution in the laboratory; what birds and foxes might tell us; and why culture might be changing the way we evolve.

Suspicious Coincidences in the Brain : Terrence J. Sejnowski


Brains need to make quick sense of massive amounts of ambiguous information with minimal energy costs and have evolved an intriguing mixture of analog and digital mechanisms to allow this efficiency. Analog electrical and biochemical signals inside neurons are used for integrating synaptic inputs from other neurons. The digital part is the all-or-none action potential, or spike, that lasts for a millisecond or less and is used to send messages over a long distance. Spike coincidences occur when neurons fire together at nearly the same time. In this lecture I will show how rare spike coincidences can be used efficiently to represent important visual events and how this architecture can be implemented with analog VLSI technology to simplify the early stages of visual processing.

On February 24, 2012, the Vermont Complex Systems Center at the University of Vermont invited Professor Terrence Sejnowski to discuss this topic as part of the Complex Systems Spire Speaker Series. Terrence Sejnowski is the Francis Crick Professor at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies where he directs the Computational Neurobiology Laboratory, an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and a Professor of Biology and Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego, where he is Co-Director of the Institute for Neural Computation.

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Ozzie Zehner - Green Illusions


Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the UBC Reads Sustainability Lecture Series. Ozzie Zehner is the author of Green Illusions and a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. His recent publications include public science pieces in Christian Science Monitor, The American Scholar, The Humanist, The Futurist, Women's Studies Quarterly and The Economist as well as educational resources in Green Technology (Sage, 2011) and Green Culture (Sage, 2011). Zehner's research and projects over the previous two decades have been covered by CNN, MSNBC, USA Today, Science News Radio, The Washington Post, Business Week and numerous other media outlets. He also serves on the editorial board of Critical Environmentalism. Zehner primarily researches the social, political and economic conditions influencing energy policy priorities and project outcomes. His work also incorporates symbolic roles that energy technologies play within political and environmental movements. His other research interests include consumerism, urban policy, environmental governance, international human rights, and forgeries.

Authors@Google : Ozzie Zehner - Green Illusions


"Ten years from now, will we think of renewable energy as clean and green? Emerging research on the side effects and limitations of solar cells, wind turbines, biofuels, electric cars and other alternative energy strategies will likely transform conventional wisdom about what's green, and what's not. Which players will be left in the dust? Who will innovate the next green revolution? And how?

The Sunday Times describes Ozzie Zehner an "an academic who is causing shockwaves." He is the author of Green Illusions and a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. He lectures at universities and public policy organizations."

Constructive memory : Remembering The Past to Imagining The Future


As part of UBC Psychologys 5th Annual Quinn Memorial Lecture (QML), held on Friday, 9 October 2009, from 4:30 - 5:30 pm. The title of this lecture is "Constructive memory: Remembering the past to imagine the future. " Daniel L. Schacter is Kenan Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. Schachter is a renowned researcher whose research on memory and amnesia memory has had a profound impact on psychological science in general and cognitive neuroscience in particular. This webcast is sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

A Cognitive Perspective on How People Learn : Implications for Teaching


Norman discusses how the mind interprets and absorbs knowledge, and how educators can benefit from knowing this.

Project Censored 2012 : Dispatches from the Media Revolution


Arlene Francis Center for Spirit Art and Politics
99 6th St. Santa Rosa, CA

Reports and dialogue on this part year's top censored stories and media analysis by Media Freedom Foundaton President Peter Phillips, Project Censored Director Mickey Huff, Associate Director Andy Roth, Abby Martin of Media Roots, Michael Levitin of the Occupy Wall Street Journal, Dennis Bernstein (poet and KPFA Flashpoint producer) Nora Barrows-Friedman (Electronic Intifada) and many more.

Celebrate Project Censored's latest book Censored 2012: Sourcebook for the Media Revolution.

Censored 2012 involved over 100 professors and 250 students from 19 colleges and universities all over the world. Books can be purchased online at or by coming to the event March 15th

Der grosse Ausverkauf - The big sellout

THE BIG SELLOUT ( is a political film. In various episodes the abstract phenomenon of privatisation is depicted in stories about very concrete human destinies around the globe. The documentary tells tragic, tragicomic but also encouraging stories of the everyday life of people, who day by day have to deal with the effects of privatisation politics, dictated by anonymous international financial institutions in Washington D.C. and Geneva, such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

In his film, author and director FLORIAN OPITZ reveals the reality of the privatised and globalised world, which is supposed to be effective and shiny. He examines the effects of THE BIG SELLOUT, the worldwide privatisation of basic public services, such as water supply, electricity, public transportation, and even public health care. In South America, Asia, Africa, but also in Europe and the United States, OPITZ meets people, for whom these promises are nothing more than hollow phrases. And what he finds is that THE BIG SELLOUT has only just begun.

FLORIAN OPITZ talks to the architects of the new economic world order, as well as to ordinary people who have to deal with the politics of the former. He tells the story of a South African activist who helps poor families in Soweto, who are disconnected from electricity by the to-be privatised electricity supplier ESKOM, because they cannot afford to pay the high electricity bills anymore. Hunted by the Police and the company's security he and his team of guerilla electricians reconnect these families back, illegally.

Another storyline is about a Philippine mother living with her family in a slum area in Metro-Manila. For years now she has been struggling to find money to pay for the dialysis, her son needs twice a week. If she doesn't succeed until the end of the week, her son will die.

A humorous British train driver and union activist is the protagonist of the third episode. Having proudly started his career in the most efficient railway system in Europe, some years later he finds himself in a privatised, totally fragmented, and run down industry whose service regularly collapses. He is constantly fighting for his colleagues who have been facing more and more pressure from their private employers over the recent years. Pressure that has already lead to a numerous deadly accidents in the British railway system.

Last but not least, THE BIG SELLOUT tells us about the fight of the Bolivian citizens of Cochabamba against an US corporation that had tried to take over the municipal water supply. The tempted takeover lead to the first “water war” in human history, in which tens of thousands Bolivian citizens fought against the Bolivian police and military.

Allthough depicting the tragic privatisation failures all over the world there is a lot of hope in the episodes. In a desperate situation that seems to have no alternative to a „survival of the fittest“ mentality, people unite and stand up against a seemingly all-powerful enemy.

In the documentary, Joseph Stiglitz, one of the world's best known economists and Nobel Prize winner for economy makes the viewer understand where the dogma of privatisation came from, who profits from it, and what societies lose, when following it blindly. As refined former director of the World Bank, he comes from the world of financial institutions, but today he is fighting for the losers of the privatisation process, triggered by these same organizations.

THE BIG SELLOUT is a very special film: The different storylines of the film are not narrated one after the other, but woven together and carefully intertwined in a thrilling, episodical structure that is as compelling as truthful, and results in a film that is even more exciting than the sum of its parts.

David Cay Johnston : Law, Politics, and the Media Lecture Series 2011


The Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media presents "Our Societal Panic: Why Our Tax and Economic Debates are Irrational."

The goal of this lecture series is to engage in a dialogue about the court system and its environment as a single, integrated subject of study. The lectures complement the Law, Politics, and the Media course and involve sitting judges, practicing lawyers, and working journalists.

Terra para Rose (1987), por Tetê Moraes

A história de Rose, agricultora sem-terra que, com outras 1.500 famílias, participou da primeira grande ocupação de uma terra improdutiva, a fazenda Annoni, no Rio Grande do Sul. O filme aborda a sensível questão da reforma agrária no Brasil, no período de transição pós-regime militar, retratando o início de um polêmico e importante movimento social, o MST. Rose deu à luz o primeiro bebê que nasceu no acampamento e foi morta em estranho acidente. (e-Pipoca)

Heather Brooke : My battle to expose government corruption


Our leaders need to be held accountable, says journalist Heather Brooke. And she should know: Brooke uncovered the British Parliamentary financial expenses that led to a major political scandal in 2009. She urges us to ask our leaders questions through platforms like Freedom of Information requests -- and to finally get some answers.

Heather Brooke campaigns for freedom of information, requesting one secret document at a time. Full bio »

sexta-feira, 19 de outubro de 2012

James Hansen - "Human-Made Climate Change : A Scientific, Moral and Legal Issue"

A great lecture aimed towards the general public by Dr. James ("Jim") Hansen. He gives a clear and engaged description of the science and the challenges that lies ahead. One of the best talks I've seen.

The talk was recorded at James Hansen's New Zealand tour in spring 2011 at the University of Otago, NZ.

The lecture draws much from the paper "The Case for Young People and Nature: A Path to a Healthy, Natural, Prosperous Future" by James Hansen, Pushker Kharecha, Makiko Sato, Paul Epstein, Paul J. Hearty, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Camille Parmesan, Stefan Rahmstorf, Johan Rockstrom, Eelco J.Rohling, Jeffrey Sachs, Peter Smith, Konrad Steffen, Karina von Schuckmann, James C. Zachos. The paper can be downloaded from James Hansen's homepage : (under 2011)

Dr James E. Hansen is the director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University.

Climate Change 2012 by Peter Sinclair


Fantastic TED style talk by Peter Sinclair on climate change at the International Conference on Sustainability, Transition and Culture Change : Vision - Action - Leadership organized by Local Future non-profit and directed by Aaron Wissner.

The Rich in America : Power, Control, Wealth and the Elite Upper Class in the United States


The American upper class describes the sociological concept pertaining to the "top layer" of society in the United States. This social class is most commonly described as consisting of those with great wealth and power and may also be referred to as the Capitalist Class or simply as The Rich. Persons of this class commonly have immense influence in the nation's political and economic institutions as well as public opinion.

Many politicians, heirs to fortunes, top business executives, CEOs, successful venture capitalists and celebrities are considered members of this class. Some prominent and high-rung professionals may also be included if they attain great influence and wealth. The main distinguishing feature of this class, which is estimated to constitute roughly 1% of the population, is the source of income. While the vast majority of persons and households derive their income from salaries, those in the upper class derive their income from investments and capital gains. Estimates for the size of this group commonly vary from 1% to 2%, while some surveys have indicated that as many as 6% of Americans identify as "upper class." Sociologist Leonard Beeghley sees wealth as the only significant distinguishing feature of this class and, therefore, refers to this group simply as "the rich."

" "The members of the tiny capitalist class at the top of the hierarchy have an influence on economy and society far beyond their numbers. They make investment decisions that open or close employment opportunities for millions of others. They contribute money to political parties, and they often own media enterprises that allow them influence over the thinking of other classes... The capitalist class strives to perpetuate itself: Assets, lifestyles, values and social networks... are all passed from one generation to the next." -Dennis Gilbert, The American Class Structure, 1998 "

Sociologists such as W. Lloyd Warner, William Thompson and Joseph Hickey recognize prestige differences between members of the upper class. Established families, prominent professionals and politicians may be deemed to have more prestige than some entertainment celebrities who in turn may have more prestige than the members of local elites. Yet, contemporary sociologists argue that all members of the upper class share such great wealth, influence and assets as their main source of income as to be recognized as members of the same social class. As great financial fortune is the main distinguishing feature of this class, sociologist Leonard Beeghley at the University of Florida identifies all "rich" households, those with incomes in the top 1% or so, as upper class.

Functional theorists in sociology and economics assert that the existence of social classes is necessary in order to distribute persons so that only the most qualified are able to acquire positions of power, and so that all persons fulfill their occupational duties to the greatest extent of their ability. Notably, this view does not address wealth, which plays an important role in allocating status and power.

In order to make sure that important and complex tasks are handled by qualified and motivated personnel, society offers incentives such as income and prestige. The more scarce qualified applicants are and the more essential the given task is, the larger the incentive will be. Income and prestige which are often used to tell a person's social class, are merely the incentives given to that person for meeting all qualifications to complete an important task that is of high standing in society due to its functional value.

"It should be stressed... that a position does not bring power and prestige because it draws a high income. Rather, it draws a high income because it is functionally important and the available personnel is for one reason or another scarce. It is therefore superficial and erroneous to regard high income as the cause of a man's power and prestige, just as it is erroneous to think that a man's fever is the cause of his disease... The economic source of power and prestige is not income primarily, but the ownership of capital goods (including patents, good will, and professional reputation). Such ownership should be distinguished from the possession of consumers' goods, which is an index rather than a cause of social standing." -Kingsley Davis and Wilbert E. Moore, Principles of Stratification. "

As mentioned above, income is one of the most prominent features of social class, but not necessarily one of its causes. In other words, income does not determine the status of an individual or household but rather reflects upon that status. Income and prestige are the incentives in order to fill all positions with the most qualified and motivated personnel possible.

quinta-feira, 18 de outubro de 2012

«L'État et les banques, les dessous d'un hold-up historique» par Myret Zaki et Etienne Chouard


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La Fonderie Kugler présente deux conférences en partenariat avec le journal bimensuel La Cité ( - (

Myret Zaki, rédactrice en chef adjointe du magazine Bilan, «L'État, otage du secteur financier»

Étienne Chouard, professeur d'Économie-Gestion à Marseille, chercheur indépendant, «Enjeux pour le peuple du contrôle public de l'État et de la banque». Pour y accéder directement :

Modération par Fabio Lo Verso de La Cité

En complément à la conférence de Myret Zaki, un article qui revient sur les convives du dîner du 8 février 2010 :

Un autre article sur les agences de notations : Qui se cache derrière Standard & Poor's :

En complément à la conférence d'Etienne Chouard, une analyse qui questionne l'importance de la "loi de 1973" :

La réponse point par point d'Etienne Chouard :

Excellent résumé de la conférence en une page sur le blog planetisme :

Transcription écrite de la conférence réalisée par le blog creersamonnaie / (merci à eux:)

Retrouvez ces références et d'autres informations sur notre pearltree :

Noire Finance - épisode 2 : Le bal des vautours


Le second volet montre comment, à travers l'éclatement de la bulle immobilière et la crise des subprimes des années 2000, le "piège à pauvres" s'est refermé. Il décortique les rouages de la "machine à dette" et expose avec clarté les logiques boursières qui ont mené à la crise mondiale actuelle. Dénonçant l'impunité des "banksters" et leur emprise sur la classe politique occidentale (aux États-Unis, on parle même d'un "gouvernement Goldman Sachs"), les réalisateurs concluent leur enquête sur un chiffre éloquent : les principaux dirigeants financiers mondiaux totalisent 95 milliards de dollars de salaire alors qu'ils ont accumulé 1 000 milliards de perte…

Pourquoi faut-il donner de l'argent public aux banques privées en faillite ? C'est par cette question sans ambiguïté que s'ouvre ce passionnant documentaire qui, pendant plus de deux heures, nous entraîne dans les arcanes d'un système financier devenu incontrôlable. Y répondre n'était pas gagné d'avance, tant est opaque l'univers de la finance. Mais Jean-Michel Meurice et Fabrizio Calvi (déjà coauteurs pour ARTE de Série noire au Crédit Lyonnais et de ELF : les chasses au trésor) nous ont habitués depuis longtemps à traiter sous une forme accessible des dossiers complexes. Noire finance s'inscrit dans cette veine : un montage très éclairant de propos de spécialistes, émaillé de scènes d'animation, retrace l'histoire politique des déréglementations qui ont abouti à la financiarisation de l'économie mondiale, au profit d'une spéculation criminelle.

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Noire Finance - épisode 1 : La grande pompe à phynances

Réalisateur : Jean-Michel Meurice
Auteurs : Fabrizio Calvi, Jean-Michel Meurice

Peut-on encore arrêter la finance folle ? Une enquête magistrale au cœur d'un capitalisme financier que plus personne ne maîtrise, et qui a plongé le monde dans de graves turbulences.

Dans ce premier volet, les auteurs remontent au fameux jeudi noir d'octobre 1929 à Wall Street, pour montrer comment une crise boursière se transforme en crise bancaire, qui elle-même se développe en crise économique mondiale. Des "barons voleurs" d'hier aux golden boys des années Tapie, des accords de Bretton Woods à la création de l'euro, il retrace ensuite les différentes étapes qui ont conduit à la libéralisation des flux financiers. Assurances, produits dérivés, fonds spéculatifs (hedge funds)… : les dispositifs techniques se succèdent pour accroître les profits, augmentant toujours plus le risque et la fraude systémiques.Pourquoi faut-il donner de l'argent public aux banques privées en faillite ? C'est par cette question sans ambiguïté que s'ouvre ce passionnant documentaire qui, pendant plus de deux heures, nous entraîne dans les arcanes d'un système financier devenu incontrôlable. Y répondre n'était pas gagné d'avance, tant est opaque l'univers de la finance. Mais Jean-Michel Meurice et Fabrizio Calvi (déjà coauteurs pour ARTE de Série noire au Crédit Lyonnais et de ELF : les chasses au trésor) nous ont habitués depuis longtemps à traiter sous une forme accessible des dossiers complexes. Noire finance s'inscrit dans cette veine : un montage très éclairant de propos de spécialistes, émaillé de scènes d'animation, retrace l'histoire politique des déréglementations qui ont abouti à la financiarisation de l'économie mondiale, au profit d'une spéculation criminelle.

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La mise à mort du travail : 1) La Destruction - 2) L'Aliénation - 3) La Dépossession


Comment les logiques de rentabilité pulvérisent les liens sociaux et humains

A l'heure où certains événements bouleversent l'opinion et nous interpellent sur la place du salarié dans l'entreprise, cette série documentaire nous permet de mieux comprendre cette relation complexe entre le travail et le capital, entre des entreprises, leurs dirigeants et leurs salariés.
Dans ces trois films qui mettent en scène des caissières d'Intermarché, le patron de Carglass ou les actionnaires de Fenwick, on découvre ce qui participe de l'épanouissement des uns et de la souffrance des autres. En quoi les logiques de rentabilité des actionnaires financiers pulvérisent les liens sociaux et humains qui faisaient la force des entreprises. Pour la première fois, une série explore les méthodes de gestion dans l'entreprise. Pour la première fois, une série sur le travail parvient à allier rigueur sociologique, enquête journalistique et dramaturgie. Ce qui jusqu'alors n'était traité qu'avec une accumulation de témoignages prend ici toute sa force documentaire.

Épisode 1 : la destruction
Dans un monde où l'économie n'est plus au service de l'homme mais l'homme au service de l'économie, les objectifs de productivité et les méthodes de management poussent les salariés jusqu'au bout de leurs limites. Jamais maladies, accidents du travail, souffrances physiques et psychologiques n'ont atteint un tel niveau. Les histoires d'hommes et de femmes que nous rencontrons chez les psychologues ou les médecins du travail, à l'Inspection du Travail ou au conseil des prud'hommes nous révèlent combien il est urgent de repenser l'organisation du travail.

Épisode 2 : l'aliénation
En France, 3 salariés sur 4 travaillent dans les services. S'il il y a une crise du travail, c'est donc de là qu'il faut l'observer. Nous nous sommes installés dans une entreprise anodine, une entreprise comme il en existe aujourd'hui des dizaines de milliers dans le monde : Carglass. Mondialisée, standardisée, Carglass est une filiale du groupe anglais Belron présent dans plus de 30 pays du monde. Ici, deux crédos : une productivité maximale et un client roi totalement satisfait... Deux notions qui, aujourd'hui, dans toutes les entreprises de services du monde, imposent la mise en place d'un management de la manipulation...

Épisode 3 : la dépossession
Alors que la crise fait vaciller le capitalisme financier, La Dépossession raconte l'extraordinaire pouvoir des actionnaires sur le travail et les travailleurs. L'histoire nous transporte d'une usine Fenwick - un fabricant industriel de matériel de manutention implanté dans le centre de la France - jusqu'aux arcanes de la finance new-yorkaise. Petite entreprise française née il y a 150 ans, Fenwick est racheté en 2006 par l'un des financiers les plus redoutés des États-Unis, Henry Kravis. Un homme à la tête du fonds d'investissement KKR, dont les ventes annuelles dépassent celles de Coca-cola, Disney et Microsoft cumulées. Avec ce rachat, pour les salariés français de Fenwick, la donne va radicalement changer. Cette même histoire se déroule dans des dizaines de milliers d'entreprises à travers le monde...

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[ Infrarouge ] Un Humain Presque Parfait HD 720 P


Aujourd'hui les progrès de la science sont tels qu'ils nous permettent d'imaginer un humain "augmenté". Pour la première fois de notre histoire, nous avons la possibilité de modifier radicalement ce que seront nos enfants, et nos petits-enfants. Dans les laboratoires, un nouvel individu, partiellement reconfiguré, est en train d'être imaginé, testé... fabriqué. Bientôt, promettent certains scientifiques, nous considérerons l'Homo Sapiens (c'est à dire nous !) comme une version charmante, certes, mais totalement démodée ! L'Homo Technologicus sera tellement mieux ! C'est précisément ce que propose le marché de l'amélioration de l'être. Le temps est venu, disent ses promoteurs, de passer à la vitesse supérieure : un corps parfait et sans âge, un cerveau infaillible, une reproduction maîtrisée, et à terme... l'immortalité. Quitte à acheter quelques pièces détachées pour faire du "tuning" avec notre propre corps comme certains le font avec leur automobile. Voyage à la recherche de cet homme du futur... hybride mi-homme mi-machine, humain génétiquement modifié. Un homme presque parfait.

Documentaire. Réalisé par Cécile Denjean.
Produit par Pascal Dupont, Martine Michon et Woods TV - Dissidents. Avec la participation de France Télévisions, Planète et Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image animée. Avec le soutien du Programme MEDIA de l'Union Européenne, de la Procirep Angoa et de la Région Rhône-Alpes.

Pierre Rabhi : « La croissance est un problème, pas une solution »

Par Agnès Rousseaux, Ivan du Roy (7 mai 2012)

Pierre Rabhi : « Si nous nous accrochons à notre modèle de société, c’est le dépôt de bilan planétaire »

Et si, après une stressante campagne électorale, on respirait un peu ? Quelle société voulons-nous aujourd’hui construire ? « La croissance est un problème, pas une solution », affirme Pierre Rabhi, paysan-philosophe. Face à la disparition des questions écologiques dans le débat politique, et à la frénésie marchande qui nous a pris en otages, il invite à repenser la vie sur un mode à la fois « sobre et puissant ». Et à inventer, pour éviter des explosions sociales et un chaos généralisé, un autre modèle de civilisation. Entretien.

Basta ! : Vous défendez une société de la sobriété. Les crises actuelles et l’austérité qui menace vont-elles permettre de remettre en question le système économique dans lequel nous vivons ?

Pierre Rabhi [1] : Je ne me réjouis pas de cette situation, mais je me dis finalement que l’être humain a besoin d’entrer dans des impasses pour mieux comprendre. Les impasses peuvent soit finir sur un chaos généralisé, soit permettre d’initier autre chose. Le chaos est tout à fait possible : une sorte de cocotte-minute d’incertitudes et d’inquiétudes est en train de miner les âmes et les consciences. Qu’une seule ville explose et toute la France explose. Le problème aujourd’hui n’est pas de se réjouir de cela, mais de voir ce qu’on peut tirer de cette évolution. Notre modèle de société montre son inadéquation, son incapacité à continuer. Si nous nous y accrochons, ce sera le dépôt de bilan planétaire. Tous les pays émergents veulent vivre à la moderne. Où va-t-on puiser les ressources ? ... [Lire la suite]

Neuromarketing : votre cerveau les intéresse


" Vous risquez de ne plus jamais aller faire vos courses de la même manière"

Les marques sont de plus en plus nombreuses à scruter le cerveau de leurs clients. A l'aide d'IRM ou d'électroencéphalogramme, elles se livrent à des études sur le subconscient pour pousser à acheter. C'est le «neuromarketing», une pratique interdite. Mac Donald a notamment expérimenté des odeurs artificielles sur des cerveaux de consommateurs. Un géant de l'industrie cosmétique, un service public et le secteur bancaire sont eux-aussi démasqués.

Pour vous frapper au porte-monnaie, les grandes marques ont une arme infaillible : choyer votre cerveau en le bombardant d'émotions positives — effluves agréables dif­fusés dans les restaurants, rires provoqués par les messages publicitaires, cadeaux offerts dans les menus « enfant »... Ainsi stimulé — et leurré —, le cerveau du consommateur produit de l'endorphine, l'hormone du plaisir. Et associe, dès lors, le passage en caisse à un acte procurant une sensation de bien-être. Une aubaine pour qui a quelque chose à vous vendre.

Pratique tenue secrète, le neuromarketing s'appuie sur des technologies réservées d'ordinaire à la médecine et à la recherche scientifique. En France, pourtant, l'usage de l'IRM à des fins commerciales est strictement interdit par la loi.

Visiblement notre cerveau primitif prend des décisions, (j'aime, j'aime pas) et finalement la conscience vient inhiber cette décision avec la manipulation des images.

António Borges, o mesmo que se propõe vender Portugal a retalho, em entrevista à BBC.

Alfredo Pereira

António Borges, o mesmo que se propõe vender Portugal a retalho, tenta mostrar ao entrevistador que os fins justificam os meios e o neoliberalismo é o caminho. Só não contava ser arrasado pelo jornalista da BBC, Stephen Sackur.
"Se toda a gente soubesse o que se está a fazer não haveria mercado". Borges sorri várias vezes, tenta esconder-se no jargão técnico e na suposta respeitabilidade da sua "indústria" de hedge funds. Defende o privilégio e o segredo partilhado pelos amigos. Quando notam a imoralidade responde com "oportunidades de mercado". É para elas que trabalha. Ainda hoje. Se toda a gente soubesse para quem eles trabalham, Borges não sorriria.

(publicado no dia em que apregoa, qual varina dos mercados, que a dívida portuguesa é linda: lá está, oportunidades de mercado)

Fonte :

Para Todos La 2 - Economía del bien común (Christian Felber)

Piratas de Galicia

Corte do programa "Para todos La 2" onde Christian Felber explica que é a economía do ben común.

Richard Heinberg : The End of Growth - Auckland, New Zealand, September 2012


Richard Heinberg is a Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost Peak Oil educators. He is the author of ten books including End of Growth.

Richard brought his challenging and compelling messages on resilience, sustainability and a healthy future to Auckland on September 30, 2012. He asked and answered some of the most challenging questions we face today.

Christian Felber : La Economía del Bien Común - Conferencia en Alcoy

Conferencia de Christian Felber sobre la Economía del Bien Común- Alcoy, Febrero de 2012.
Producido por TV Alcoy y AttacTV.

Common Welfare Economy - Christian Felber

Edda Dietrich

The "Common Welfare Economy" ( comprises the basic elements of an alternative economic framework. It employs three approaches:

1. Market values and social values should no longer oppose each other. The same values that contribute to fulfilling interpersonal relationships should be awarded in the economy.

2. Conformity with the constitution. The economy should function in accordance with the values and objectives established by the constitutions of western democracies, which is currently not the case.

3. Economic success should no longer be measured with monetary indicators (financial profit, GDP), but by what is really important, i.e. utility values (basic needs, quality of life, communal values)
Market values and social values should no longer oppose each other.

The first draft of this model, including the Common Welfare Balance Sheet, was developed between 2009 and 2010 by a dozen entrepreneurs from Austria.

Practical Implementation

In the fiscal year 2011, 60 companies in three countries created the Common Welfare Balance Sheet. They were supported and advised by Common Welfare Consultants; auditors reviewed the Common Welfare Balance Sheet. Towards the end of 2011, the number of pioneers has risen to 150; over 500 companies from 13 countries support the overall process of the Common Welfare Economy.

Overall Process

Increasingly, different working parties are forming around the model and the pioneer companies. Editors, scientists, speakers, ambassadors, ... numerous people offer their skills and knowledge in order to contribute to the joint development of the Common Welfare Economy.

Energy Fields and Communities

In eight countries: Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Spain, Argentina and Honduras -- Energy Fields (regional support groups) have emerged. They surround supporting companies and communicate the idea in their local area. There have been the first requests by communities to become a Common Welfare Community.

Open Process

The model of the Common Welfare Economy is based on two core elements: the Common Welfare Balance Sheet and the 20 Cornerstones. By constantly integrating feedback, we have continually readjusted the model and will do so in the years to come. At the end of this process, economic conventions need to take place, first on a communal level, then on a nationwide level. By popular vote, parts of the model shall be anchored in the constitution.


Everyone can contribute to the Common Welfare Economy with their specific skills or interests -- be it as a company, as a consumer, as a working party or as an Energy Field, in schools and universities or in residential communities. Every day their number grows. Join the process!

quarta-feira, 17 de outubro de 2012

Getting Real about Food & the Future

The growing oil, water, and climate crises threaten food security in all communities. This new film by Chris Bedford looks at the deeper issues of food security and community survival in this new age of global chaos and scarcity. "Getting Real about Food & the Future" features the wisdom of John McKnight, Bill McDonough, Lester Brown, Bob Costanza, and David Korten in a 30 minute film designed for use in classrooms, meetings, and conferences.

David Korten : From Empire to Earth Community

Joe Friendly

David Korten author of "When Corporations Rule the World" on "The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community" author and co-founder of Yes! Magazine, explains our need for fundamental economic and political change. Event June 14, 2006 at The Unitarian Church of All Souls in NYC. Co-sponsored by the Peace Task Force of All Souls; The Open Center; Business Leaders for Responsible Priorities; The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office; The First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn; and the Action for Justice Committee of Community Church of NY.

Building An Economy That Works For All, with Marjorie Kelly and David Korten


Thursday Oct. 11, 2012 at University Temple United Methodist Church, Seattle

David C. Korten, 75, Author of "When Corporations Rule the World", "The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community". Economist, and former Professor at Harvard Business School, political activist, prominent critic of corporate globalization, and "by training and inclination a student of psychology and behavioral systems".

Marjorie Kelly, 59, (Tellus Institute, Cutting Edge Capital, and Corporation 20/20), is author of the new book, Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution. She advises private businesses on ownership and capital design for social mission. Kelly was co-founder and for 20 years president of Business Ethics magazine, best known for its listing of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens. Her first book was award-winning "The Divine Right of Capital"

Gar Alperovitz, Seattle - Oct 3, 2012


Gar Alperovitz, Seattle Town Hall - Oct 3, 2012 immediately after the public screening of the presidential debate between Romney and Obama.

Gar Alperovitz - Our Time in History : The Possibility of Fundamental System Change


Saturday, June 9th at the Strategies for a New Economy 2012 Conference

terça-feira, 16 de outubro de 2012

A Experiência - Dobrado PT- BR (Completo)


Uma equipe de cientistas arregimenta 20 presos para uma experiência psicológica em troca de um prêmio em dinheiro. Os prisioneiros são divididos em dois grupos: oito deles fazem o papel de guardas e os outros 12, de internos. As cobaias são isoladas numa área da penitenciária onde certas regras devem ser obedecidas e mantidas pelos guardas. No início, a camaradagem reina no ambiente. Mas a violência não tarda a explodir quando um ex-repórter disfarçado de preso lidera um motim. Os guardas reagem com brutalidade crescente. O conflito se agrava com a morte de um dos presos e a captura dos cientistas que criaram o projeto.
Título no Brasil: A Experiência
Título Original: Das Experiment
País de Origem: Alemanha
Gênero: Suspense
Tempo de Duração: 119 minutos
Ano de Lançamento: 2001

Das Experiment (El experimento)


Das Experiment (El Experimento) es una película alemana de 2001 dirigida por Oliver Hirschbiegel. La cinta, un drama de suspenso, se basa en el libro The Black Box de Mario Giordano, que a su vez toma como inspiración el famoso «Experimento de la cárcel de Stanford» llevado a cabo en 1971.

Manuel Castells : The Global Financial Crisis and Alternative Economic Cultures | The New School


Study non-profit management, urban and environmental policy, human resources, and international affairs at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, a part of The New School in New York City. Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy |

Manuel Castells, university professor and the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology and Society at the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles will speak on "The financial crisis from 2008-2012 and the response from the grassroots: alternative economic cultures and social movements." Professor Castells will provide an analysis of the economic crisis, and then explore the relationship between social movements such as Occupy Wall Street and alternative cultures.

Professor Castells is also research professor at the Open University of Catalonia in Barcelona, and professor emeritus, University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of 22 academic books and editor or co-author of 21 additional books, as well as over 100 articles in academic journals. He has received numerous awards including most recently the Holberg International Memorial Prize; the Guggenheim Fellowship; the C. Wright Mills Award from the American Society for the Study of Social Problems; the Robert and Helen Lynd Award from the American Sociological Association for his lifelong contribution to community and urban sociology; the Kevin Lynch Award of Urban Design from M.I.T; the Medal of Urbanism from the City of Madrid; the Eric Schelling Prize of Architectural Theory from the Eric Schelling Foundation, Germany; and the Compostela Award from the Compostela Association of Universities, Spain's National Prize of Sociology and Political Science.

Time for Change (Bregtje van der Haak, VPRO Backlight 2010)


Meet the new revolutionaries of the Do-It-Yourself cultures in Barcelona, Tallin and Jakarta. They are modern day heroes. They do not wait for political parties or institutions to change their world; they simply do it themselves, by creating new local currencies, by working in social networks or by simply robbing the banks and redistributing their money.

The world economy is in crisis and public trust in financial institutions has hit rock bottom. As commercial banks were bailed out with billions of taxpayers money and continued to practice their old vices, many people lost faith in bank managers and politicians. They got angry at the speculative financial system that brings extreme wealth to a few and instability and unemployment to many.

Could this dissatisfaction lead to social change? Can we imagine viable alternatives? Backlight goes on a worldwide search, with sociologist Manuel Castells and philosopher Peter Sloterdijk.

Another Life Is Possible - Homage to Catalonia II


A documentary, a research project, a story of stories about the construction of a sustainable, solidary and decentralized economy. Weaving nets that overcome the individualization and the hierarchical division of work. Thousands of people every day all over the world. Here and now.

"Homage to Catalonia II" is a documentary that is part of an academic research project. We investigate new economic cultures, new forms of living and of understanding the economy. For the IN 3, the High School Institute of Research of the University Open to Catalonia.

We study the social impact of the economics|economies that do not follow the patterns of the market, where profits are the priority, and that have the satisfaction of the needs and the desires for the persons as a goal.

A project of Joana Conill, Manuel Castells and Àlex Ruiz produced by IN3 under a Creative Commons license. This is the English version, there are also versions in Catalan and Spanish.

"Homage to Catalonia II" is a tool for research. Not a finished, conclusive and closed work, but a work in progress. We want this documentary to be open to everybody, in and out of the university realm, that's why it has a Creative Commons license.

Genetic Roulette : The Gamble of Our Lives


Are you and your family on the wrong side of a bet?

When the US government ignored repeated warnings by its own scientists and allowed untested genetically modified (GM) crops into our environment and food supply, it was a gamble of unprecedented proportions. The health of all living things and all future generations were put at risk by an infant technology.

After two decades, physicians and scientists have uncovered a grave trend. The same serious health problems found in lab animals, livestock, and pets that have been fed GM foods are now on the rise in the US population. And when people and animals stop eating genetically modified organisms (GMOs), their health improves.

This seminal documentary provides compelling evidence to help explain the deteriorating health of Americans, especially among children, and offers a recipe for protecting ourselves and our future.

More information can be found at: and

Johan Rockstrom : Let the environment guide our development


Human growth has strained the Earth's resources, but as Johan Rockstrom reminds us, our advances also give us the science to recognize this and change behavior. His research has found nine "planetary boundaries" that can guide us in protecting our planet's many overlapping ecosystems.

Introducing 'The Doughnut' of social and planetary boundaries for development


Kate Raworth, Senior Researcher at Oxfam Great Britain introduces her discussion paper "A Safe and Just Space for Humanity: can we live within the doughnut?" Join the debate at

This discussion paper is an exploration of what such a model of prosperity might look like.

It presents a visual framework -- shaped like a doughnut -- which brings the concept of planetary boundaries together with the complementary concept of social boundaries, creating a safe and just space between the two, in which humanity can thrive.

Download the paper at
Join the conversation with Kate Raworth at

James Galbraith : Inequality and Macroeconomics Dynamics 3/5


James Galbraith, Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government and Business Relations, University of Texas speaking at the panel entitled "The Impact of Inequality on Macroeconomics Dynamics" at the Institute for New Economic Thinking's (INET) Paradigm Lost Conference in Berlin. April 14, 2012.

"Uneconomic growth" Herman Daly (Right Livelihood Award 1996) WWF

WWF Sweden made this film with Right Livelihood Award Laureate Herman Daly (RLA 1996).

Peter Victor : Managing the Global Commons 1/5


Peter Victor, Professor in Environmental Studies, York University at the panel entitled "Managing the Global Commons: Growth, Inequality, and New Thinking for Sustainable Economics" at the Institute for New Economic Thinking's (INET) Paradigm Lost Conference in Berlin. April 14, 2012.

Ecocity2011 - Peter Victor : Managing without Growth


SPEAKER: P. Victor. York University, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Toronto, Canada

TITLE: Managing without Growth

WHERE: At the Ecocity World Summit Montréal 2011, during the keynote "Economics of Ecocities"

WHEN: Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Economic growth is the over-arching policy objective of governments worldwide. Yet its long-term viability is increasingly questioned because of environmental impacts and impending and actual shortages of energy and material resources. Furthermore, rising incomes in rich countries bear little relation to gains in happiness and well-being. Growth has not eliminated poverty, brought full employment or protected the environment. Results from a simulation model of the Canadian economy suggest that it is possible to have full employment, eradicate poverty, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and maintain fiscal balance without economic growth. It's time to turn our attention away from pursuing growth and towards specific objectives more directly relating to our well-being and that of the planet.

segunda-feira, 15 de outubro de 2012

Debunking Money - The Way the World Really Works - Full Length - Damon Vrabel


Damon has had two fairly different lives—one as an overachiever serving the financial empire, and another as a hopeful advocate for the victims of the empire: local community, indigenous population, the American republic, and the individual heart. He graduated from the United States Military Academy, served as an officer in the US Army, then graduated from Harvard Business School, took a short detour on Wall Street, and had a career in Silicon Valley in several leadership positions in technology corporations. Since leaving empire service, he became a mountaineer, attended Mars Hill Graduate School, and now works toward redemption as a writer and post-neoclassical economic philosopher.
Damon can be reached at:

See the beginnings of his course on Renaissance 2.0 here :

RAP NEWS 16: OBAMA v ROMNEY - the Final Presidential Debate

thejuicemedia Juice Rap News - Episode 16: Electile Dysfunction. It's nearing the end of 2012, and bastion of world democracy (The United States of America) is displaying its free and open process of elections for the world to observe. As is customary every four years, the rigorous selection process has served up a number of philosopher kings and queens from which to choose. But why have so many choices when with a bit of effort you can whittle it down to two candidates and let the people pick from those? Especially when it makes for such scintillating debates. Join Juice Rap News stalwart host Robert Foster as he shares his dreams for the Presidential Debates... and then receives something of a rude awakening.

- Written & created by Giordano Nanni & Hugo Farrant in a suburban backyard home-studio in Melbourne, Australia - on Wurundjeri Land.

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Renaissance 2.0 - Financial Empire - Full Length - Damon Vrabel


Renaissance 2.0 assumes you have a basic understanding of the monetary system and the problem of exponential growth.

Lesson 1
Revisiting American History:
Documents the conversion of the US into a monolithic financial empire as the Federal Reserve Act created a monopolized cartel of private interests, "Wall Street," that controls all money in the system.

Lesson 2
Revisiting Economics 101 - Debt:
Discusses the power of debt-based money, embodied in the bond market, and its ability to exert total top-down power and control over the empire. Our system is not a free market.

Lesson 3
Revisiting Civics 101 - Ownership:
Describes how the media projects a false picture in terms of who controls the US. This lesson illustrates the real power structure, which is modeled after the corporate governance system.

Lesson 4.1
Part 1 - The Culture of Empire:
Addresses our wealth illusion, freedom illusion, exponential growth, inflation/deflation, and bankruptcies.

Lesson 4.2
Part 2 - The Culture of Empire:
Focuses on the issue of scale. As the debt-based empire grows, the scale of our system grows causing all sorts of problems related to the loss of meaning, community, freedom, and agency.

Lesson 4.3
Part 3 - The Culture of Empire:
The velocity of money is a standard economic concept, but economists ignore the issue of human velocity caused by the system, which results in the loss of rest, joy, delight, and deeper issues

Lesson 4.4
Part 4 - The Culture of Empire:
Focuses on the rise of narcissism, increasing pathology and oppression, and how the financial empire eventually replaces government

Lesson 5.1
Part 1 - The Emerging Global Empire:
Explains the strategic global transition we're in as the financial institutions take us through a global restructuring, similar to how the individual states were restructured into the financial empire in lesson 1.

Lesson 5.2
Part 2 - The Emerging Global Empire:
More on the restructuring process and the single, integrated, corporate government the elite is trying to create.

Lesson 6.1
Part 1 - Brightening the Future:
Discusses the powerful monetary vortex that governs our lives day to day; explains the truth about inflation, leverage, and derivatives; and introduces the solution to the vortex.

Lesson 6.2
Part 2 - Brightening the Future:
Discusses how the left vs. right political framework is not the place to find solutions to the vortex because it only fuels the vortex further. Explains what fascism really is.

Lesson 6.3
Part 3 - Brightening the Future:
Discusses how to fix the problem and help launch the next Enlightenment to ensure humanity moves into Renaissance 2.0 vs. the next Dark Ages.

L. Randall Wray -- MODERN MONEY : the way a sovereign currency "works"


Economics Professor Randy Wray answers the questions:

What is Money?
Why is at accepted?
What is the relationship between money & government?
What backs up our money?
Can the US government run out of money?

You may be surprised by the answers!

From the first seminar of the "Modern Money and Public Purpose" series at Columbia Law School.

To watch the full seminar, including Q&As, and for a list of suggested readings, please visit the Modern Money & Public Purpose website:

L. Randall Wray, Ph.D. is a Professor of Economics and Research Director for the Center for Full Employment and Price Stability at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is also a Senior Scholar at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College. Dr. Wray was a student of Hyman P. Minsky, whose work on financial instability has received significant attention following the global financial crisis. He is the author of Understanding Modern Money: The Key to Full Employment and Price Stability (Elgar, 1998), and currently blogs at New Economic Perspectives and at Great Leap Forward.

SESSION III : KEYNOTE ADDRESSES, Bob Jessop & Randall Wray, Forum on Capital as Power 2011


CHAIR: Joseph Baines (York University)

1. Differential Accumulation: Explanans, Explanandum, or Both? Critical Realist Reflections on Power and Capital
Bob Jessop, Keynote Speaker, Lancaster University

2. Money and the Public Purpose: The Modern Monetary Theory Approach
Randall Wray, Keynote Speaker, University of Missouri

Abstracts and full conference programe available here :

L. Randall Way - The Global Financial Crisis : Causes, Bail-out, Future

Presenter - L. Randall Way
Held in the Vandervort Room at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

The Responsibility Of Intellectuals - The Chomsky Sessions - (1)


Z Video Productions. February 2010. Interviewer - Michael Albert, co-founder of Z Communications. This is the first session of a 5-part series.

Noam Chomsky - Lectio Magistralis: "The minimalist program and language acquisition"


On September 17, 2012, Noam Chomsky received a PhD honoris causa in Neuroscience from the hands of Guido Martinelli, the Director of the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste. The ceremony started with a laudatio given by Jacques Mehler, cognitive scientist and professor at SISSA. Chomsky held a one-hour lectio magistralis, entitled "The minimalist program and language acquisition", where he summed up his theory.

domingo, 14 de outubro de 2012

SuperPower (2008) Full Documentary


Superpower illustrates how the United States has leveraged its position to ensure unilateral world domination through absolute economic and military superiority and government deception.
Superpower is a well-executed and comprehensive film that asks tough questions and goes behind the scenes of America's national security apparatus and military actions. Far from a conspiracy film about the dangers of government secrets and regime change, this well-balanced film straddles the philosophical divide and allows viewers to understand the US quest for global dominance through economic and military strategy that is exposed through review of historical events, personal interviews, and analysis of US foreign policy.

Andrew Kimbrell - Cold Evil : Technology and Ethics in the 21st Century

"In the past sin and evil have been seen by most religions as the product of personal decisions by individuals. Has our increasingly technological age created new forms of systemic sin and evil -- evil which is virtually immune from personal choice, that we are all complicit in and that threatens our collective existence, yet is unrecognized by our major religious denominations? Kimbrell will address this important technology and ethics issue."

Center for the Study of Science and Religion
Executive Director, International Center for Technology Assessment: Andrew Kimbrell

Who's Counting? Marilyn Waring on Sex, Lies and Global Economics

In this feature-length documentary, Marilyn Waring demystifies the language of economics by defining it as a value system in which all goods and activities are related only to their monetary value. As a result, unpaid work (usually performed by women) is unrecognized while activities that may be environmentally and socially detrimental are deemed productive. Waring maps out an alternative vision based on the idea of time as the new currency.

Arundhati Roy Discussing Funding, Capitalism and NGOs


In this speech excerpt, Arundhati Roy describes the intersection between foundation and corporate funding, capitalism and the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).

The following text is an excerpt from "Capitalism: A Ghost Story | Rockefeller to Mandela, Vedanta to Anna Hazare.... How long can the cardinals of corporate gospel buy up our protests?" by Arundhati Roy. Published March 26th, 2012:

"Mischievously, when the government or sections of the Corporate Press want to run a smear campaign against a genuine people's movement, like the Narmada Bachao Andolan, or the protest against the Koodankulam nuclear reactor, they accuse these movements of being NGOs receiving "foreign funding". They know very well that the mandate of most NGOs, in particular the well-funded ones, is to further the project of corporate globalisation, not thwart it.

Armed with their billions, these NGOs have waded into the world, turning potential revolutionaries into salaried activists, funding artists, intellectuals and filmmakers, gently luring them away from radical confrontation, ushering them in the direction of multi-culturalism, gender, community development—the discourse couched in the language of identity politics and human rights. ..."

Read the brilliant excerpt in it's entirety :

BBC Radio 4 Book Club - Arundhati Roy : The God of Small Things

Arundhati Roy talks to James Naughtie and readers about her Booker prize winning novel The God of Small Things.

It's Arundhati Roy's first and so far only book of fiction and it took the literary world by storm, winning the Booker Prize in 1997.

It's a story about the childhood experiences of fraternal twins whose lives are destroyed by the "Love Laws" that lay down "who must be loved, and how, and how much". The book is a description of how the small things in life affect people's behaviour and their lives, and with a love affair between characters of different backgrounds, shows how cruel the caste system could be.

Arundhati Roy talks about why she's never written fiction since, and how she's not ruling out a return to the genre. She describes how her training as an architect was useful in the planning of this multi-layered story, with its complex time frames which owe a debt to James Joyce's Ulysses.

November's Bookclub choice : The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks.

Producer : Dymphna Flynn.

Source :

Modern Money & Public Purpose 1 : The Historical Evolution of Money and Debt


Moderator: William V. Harris, William R. Shepherd Professor of History and Director, Center for the Ancient Mediterranean, Columbia University

Speaker 1: L. Randall Wray, Research Director of the Center for Full Employment and Price Stability and Professor of Economics, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Speaker 2: Michael Hudson, President, Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trends and Distinguished Research Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

About the Seminar Series:

Modern Money and Public Purpose is an eight-part, interdisciplinary seminar series held at Columbia Law School over the 2012-2013 academic year. The series aims to present new perspectives and progressive policy proposals on a range of contemporary issues facing the U.S. and global macroeconomy. Seminars will feature a mix of academics and practitioners on topics ranging from the history of debt and money and the structure of the financial system to economic human rights for the 21st century.

Michael Hudson : Money & Debt


Wall St. Financial Analyst & Economics Professor Michael Hudson on the history of debt and economic imperialism.

From the first seminar of the "Modern Money and Public Purpose" series at Columbia Law School.

To watch the full seminar, including Q&As, and for a list of suggested readings, please visit the Modern Money & Public Purpose website:

SPEAKER BIO: Michael Hudson, Ph.D. is a Wall Street Financial Analyst, Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and President of The Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trends (ISLET). He has authored over ten books on international finance, economic history and the history of economic thought, including Super-Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire (1968 & 2003) and Trade, Development and Foreign Debt (1992 & 2009). Dr. Hudson acts as an economic advisor to governments worldwide including Iceland, Latvia and China on finance and tax law.

Double Shot Interview : Prof Steve Keen with Bernard Hickey

Steve Keen ( is a major contemporary economist who predicted the global Financial Crisis of 2008. Highly critical of neo-Keynesian economics, Steve is a follower of Hyman Minsky who has built a reputation for explaining the global economic crisis in a way that not only makes sense, but which also helps people anticipate what will happen next.

Steve Keen - 2012 American Monetary Institute Conference


My presentation to the AMI Conference (Chicago, September 21 2012). Endogenous money versus Loanable Funds, Schumpeter and the necessity of disequilibrium analysis in economics, reconciling "Effective Demand equals Income plus the Change in Debt" with sectoral balances, Introducing Minsky, the simulation software.

Steve Keen on the transmutation of Zombie Banking into Zombie Government!


Ireland will reportedly hold a referendum on Europe's new fiscal treaty for stricter budget discipline. The former prime minister is against it, saying a no vote could force ireland out of the euro. We've seen referendums called for before in the Eurozone crisis -- didn't seem to end well last time for democratic self-determination. Will this be yet another case of "the economic crisis sis too much for democracy" theme? A story of "we need technocrats" to navigate this all to volatile world? Is this euroland or zombie land? Are zombie banks feeding on governments, turning them into zombies too?

And talk about a liquidity crisis in Europe! We play a video of Angela Merkel getting doused with pints of bear at a party. Is all that cheap liquidity generated by the ECB for eurozone banks going right back to Germany, as the weaker ones like Italy need to keep going back to the bar just to keep their glasses from draining. So will German banks be the prime candidates to engage in the ECB's upcoming LTRO carry trade? We'll break down carry trade in the back-by-popular demand word of the day!

And what can we learn from wile e coyote? Well, in economic terms he just had a minsky we'll have a few more moments talking minsky and what he can teach us about this new upside-down world that we are living in with our favorite economist from down under Steve Keen.

sábado, 13 de outubro de 2012

Michael Parenti - Conspiracy AND Class Power

Todd W

Originally uploaded years ago on my previous channel. My old username was "Freshtymer"

Michael Parenti received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University. He has taught at a number of colleges and universities, in the United States and abroad. Some of his writings have been translated into Arabic, Azeri, Bangla, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.

"... this tough, hilarious, right-on mix of scholar and street." KPFA-Pacifica, 1994

Michael Parenti has won awards from Project Censored, the Caucus for a New Political Science, the city of Santa Cruz, New Jersey Peace Action, the Social Science Research Council, the Society for Religion in Higher Education, and other organizations. In 2007 he was awarded a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from U.S. Representative Barbara Lee.

During his earlier teaching career he received grants or fellowships from the Louis Rabinowitz Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Brown University, Yale University, State University of New York, and the University of Illinois. For several years he was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.

He now serves on the advisory boards of Independent Progressive Politics Network, Education Without Borders, and the Jasenovic Foundation; as well as the advisory editorial boards of New Political Science and Nature, Society and Thought. He also served for some 12 years as a judge for Project Censored.

He is the author of twenty-three books:

The Face of Imperialism (Paradigm, 2011)
God and His Demons (Prometheus Books, 2010)
Democracy for the Few (Wadsworth, 9th edition, 2011)
Contrary Notions: The Michael Parenti Reader (City Lights Books, 2007)
Democracy for the Few (Wadsworth, 8th edition, 2007) The Culture Struggle (Seven Stories Press, 2006)
Superpatriotism (City Lights Books, 2004)
The Assassination of Julius Caesar (The New Press, 2003)
The Terrorism Trap (City Lights Books, 2002)
To Kill a Nation (Verso Books, 2001) History as Mystery (City Lights Books, 1999)
America Besieged (City Lights Books, 1998)
Blackshirts and Reds (City Lights Books, 1997)
Dirty Truths (City Lights Books, 1996)
Against Empire (City Lights Books, 1995)
Inventing Reality (Wadsworth, second edition, 1993)
Land of Idols (St. Martin's, 1993)
Make-Believe Media (Wadsworth, 1992)
The Sword and the Dollar (St. Martin's, 1989)
Power and the Powerless (St. Martin's, 1978)
Ethnic and Political Attitudes (Arno Press, 1975)
Trends and Tragedies in American Foreign Policy (Little, Brown, 1971)
The Anti-Communist Impulse (Random House, 1969)

Some 320 articles of his have appeared in scholarly journals, political periodicals and various magazines and newspapers.

He appears on radio and television talk shows to discuss current issues and ideas from his published works. Dr. Parenti's talks and commentaries are played on radio stations and cable community access stations to enthusiastic audiences in the United States, Canada, and abroad.

He lectures on college campuses and before a wide range of community audiences, peace groups, labor organizations, scholarly conferences, and various other venues. His books are enjoyed by both lay readers and scholars, and have been used extensively in college courses. Among the many topics he treats are:

Theocracy and Other Religious Sins
Democracy and Economic Power
Imperialism and U.S. Interventionism
Empires, Past and Present
Political Perceptions and Deceptions
Ethnic-Class Experience
Terrorism and Globalization
Political Bias in the U.S. News Media
Ideology and History
Race, Gender, and Class
The Overthrow of Communism
Fascism: Past and Present

Bernd Senf : Creación del dinero, interés compuesto y especulación

Acerca de las causas profundas de la crisis de la deuda y posibles soluciones.
Bernd Senf ( Zinseszins, Geldschöpfung und Spekulation
Über tiefere Ursachen der Schuldenkrisen und mögliche Auswege (Los Llanos 02/2012)

Bernd Senf - Deeper Roots of World Financial Crisis

Bernd Senf - Deeper Roots of World Financial Crisis 2 of 3

Bernd Senf - Deeper Roots of World Financial Crisis 3 of 3


BERND MUSTARD, born in 1944, taught from 1973 to March 2009 in Berlin as a professor of economics at the University of Economics (FHW). Since April 2009 he is still working freelance - including lectures, seminars, workshops, publications and support pioneering projects. One focus of his work lies in the commonly understood mediation of economic and social contexts. His special interest is a deeper understanding of living processes and their relationship to mainstream science, economics, technology and ethics.

His cross-disciplinary events ("Ways out of the ecological crisis," "Introduction to the work of Wilhelm Reich", "life energy research", "revival of nature", "Principles of a natural economic order" and "Man - Nature - Company") are again a broad public interest. Between the flow of money in an economy and social order to the flow of vital energy in the body of a man looks amazing Bernd Senf functional identities: The blocking of the flow process makes the organism sick and destructive.