The Corporation What kind of person is the corporation? Since the current day legal status of the corporation is a person, what would happen if it sat down with a psychiatrist to discuss its behaviour and attitude towards society, culture and the environment? Explored through specific examples, this film shows how the modern day business corporation has developed into the dominant institution of our time …

H2Oil Canada is now the biggest supplier of oil to the United States, thanks to the Alberta tar sands — a controversial billion-dollar project to extract crude oil from bitumen sands, using a very toxic process that has generated international cause for concern. Four barrels of glacier-fed spring water are used to process each barrel of oil, along with vast amounts of electricity. The waste water is dumped, filled with carcinogens and other chemicals, into leaky tailings ponds so huge that the piles can be seen from space. Downstream, people and communities are already paying the price with contaminated water supplies and clusters of rare cancers. Evidence mounts for industry and government cover-ups. In a time when wars are fought over dwindling oil and a crisis looms over access to fresh water, which will turn out to be more precious?

Tapped Tapped shows the hidden affects of the bottled water industry by documenting the impacts to the environment from plastic bottles, pollution from production, right down to the impact on the communities, land and people from which the water is taken …

The Coming Collapse of the Middle Class Distinguished law scholar Elizabeth Warren has taught contract law, bankruptcy, and commercial law at Harvard Law School. She is an outspoken critic of America’s credit economy, which she has linked to the continuing rise in bankruptcy among the middle-class. This UC Berkeley Graduate Council Lecture from 2007 summarizes the work Prof. Warren has conducted in her professional career just prior to the 2009-2010 financial crisis. Prof. Warren is currently running for Senate in Massachusetts.

How Unequal Can America Get? Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich discusses inequality in the US, asking how unequal can America get and what the consequence of inequality might be. This video is from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley lecture series and was given in 2005.

The Power of Nightmares This three part series by BBC documentarian Adam Curtis is an interesting look at the war on terror, and the use of terror to influence public opinion and public policy.

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace Another multi-part series by BBC documentarian Adam Curtis exploring the confluence of the philosophy of Ayn Rand and the influence of computer networks in society and upon our economics. The “New Economy” of the 1990’s is premised on the ability of computer algorithms to calculate and minimize risks under the assumption that a new stability would arise with such empirical analysis. People would be free to innovate and contribute to society and economies in ways unimaginable and unaccessible before the creation of vast networks and the internet. The opposite has been true as power has shifted in unforeseen ways.

The Century of the Self A third Adam Curtis film for the BBC that examines the role of Freudian concepts brought to modern advertising and public relations by Freud’s nephew Edward Bernays, the father of Public Relations, and used to manipulate public opinion in a variety of ways, from the selling of products to the selling of politicians and political ideas.

Blue Gold — World Water Wars  In every corner of the globe, we are polluting, diverting, pumping and wasting our limited supply of fresh water at an expediential level as population and technology advances. The rampant overdevelopment of agriculture, housing and industry increase the demands for fresh water well beyond the finite supply, resulting in the desertification of the earth. Corporate giants force developing countries to privatize their water supply for profit, Wall Street investors target desalination and mass bulk water export schemes, while corrupt governments use water for economic and political gain. Military control of water emerges and a new geo-political map and power structure forms, setting the stage for world water wars. Blue Gold — World Water Wars follow numerous worldwide examples of people fighting for their basic right to water, from court cases to violent revolutions to U.N. conventions to revised constitutions to local protests at grade schools. As Maude Barlow proclaims, “This is our revolution, this is our war”. A line is crossed as water becomes a commodity. Will we survive?

Dirty Oil The Alberta Tar Sands Project is the largest industrial project occurring on the planet today. It has the potential of being the largest industrial project ever undertaken by mankind as an area of boreal forest in Alberta, Canada the size of Florida is stripped of its vegetation, topsoil, and then varying depths of the bitumen (oil sands) are extracted with open pit mining techniques. Dirty Oil is the story about the environmental degradation, human toll in terms of disease and displacement of this eco-system… Canada now is the leading supplier of oil to the US, surpassing Saudi Arabia and all other contributers to feed our voracious appetite for hydrocarbons.

Inside Job This film, one of those must see films, provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. Through interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics, Inside Job traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted government and academia …

The Most Dangerous Man in America In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg shook the United States to its foundations when he leaked top-secret Pentagon documents to the New York Times that showed how five Presidents consistently lied about the Vietnam War. Consequently, National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger called Ellsberg “the most dangerous man in America,” who “had to be stopped at all costs.” But Ellsberg wasn’t stopped. Facing 115 years in prison on espionage and conspiracy charges, he fought back …

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