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Disassembly Required: A Field Guide to Actually Existing Capitalism

July 21, 2013
| Few would deny that capitalism is a broken system and in desperate need of change. Yet to imagine change, we need to understand how the system works. A new book by Geoff Mann attempts to explain.
Length: 15:30 minutes (14.19 MB)
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The crisis of extreme capitalism

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Our current incarnation of capitalism -- variously referred to as savage capitalism, extreme capitalism or euphemistically as the "free market" (free of any constraints) -- is in one of its periodic crises. For years many assumed that the smart people who ran the system and benefitted from it would find a practical way to fix it. The problem is that the solutions are all framed within an ideology that makes that extremely unlikely. Neo-liberalism is like a religion and once you are a true believer you see other solutions as heresy.

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Another capitalist superhero: A critique of 'Man of Steel'

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Corporate money preventing all-out campaign to stop global warming

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Highly regarded former Toronto mayor David Miller says he is "very excited" about becoming the new president and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund-Canada in September.

"They've made such a difference," Miller told The Toronto Star, "and to be part of an organization that knows how to make real change is a unique opportunity."

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| April 22, 2013
Needs No Introduction

Richard Wilkinson on how economic inequality harms society and individuals

April 14, 2013
| Richard Wilkinson is one of the world's most preeminent researchers on social inequalities and is the author of "Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone."
Length: 52:45 minutes (48.3 MB)

Capitalism as usual: Why RBC's outsourcing isn't really a surprise

A protest against RBC's investments in the tar sands.

Sunday's revelation that the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) will be bringing in "temporary guest workers" to replace some of its Canadian employees captured headlines, sparking outrage and surprise, and leading many to threaten a bank boycott and move their accounts elsewhere.

The outrage is certainly understandable -- as one would think that RBC, with its more than $2 billion in first quarter profits, could afford to retain these workers -- but the surprise isn't.

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Feminist Current

Indigenous women and prostitution: An interview with Cherry Smiley

April 2, 2013
| Meghan Murphy speaks with activist and co-founder of Indigenous Women Against the Sex Industry, Cherry Smiley.
Length: 26:47 minutes (24.53 MB)
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| March 11, 2013
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