Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

May 11, 2018

Capitalism: a Horror Movie

Filed under: Counterpunch,economics,Film — louisproyect @ 4:46 pm

As part of its special series celebrating the 200thbirthday of Karl Marx between May 18-22, the Anthology Film Archives will be screening “Capitalism”, a 320-minute, six-part documentary that is both supremely intelligent and briskly entertaining, on May 20th at 3:45. Directed by Ilan Ziv, the founder of Icarus Films, it is like no other film I have ever seen about the horror we face in our daily lives that is much more frightening than slasher movies like Halloween or Friday the Thirteenth. After all, the idea of nuclear holocaust or global warming—just two of the threats we face from an economic system gone mad—are not something a plucky hero or heroine in a John Carpenter movie can stave off.

The film operates on two levels. It is both a history of how this system came into existence as well as a profile of the men who have put themselves at its service ideologically (Hayek) and those who either fought against its worst abuses (Keynes) or hoped to abolish it altogether (Marx).

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  1. 6th paragraph: Kari, not Kati,Levitt. (I’d send you these little corrections privately if I could find your email)

    Comment by uh...clem — May 12, 2018 @ 2:44 pm

  2. And thanks for the mention of Karl Polanyi who pointed out that, historically, there were complex civilizations which did not have markets in labour. IIRC he identified himself as a Christian Socialist.

    Comment by uh...clem — May 12, 2018 @ 2:49 pm

  3. My email is lnp3@panix.com but I’d prefer not to have Jeff St. Clair correct typos this late in the game.

    Comment by louisproyect — May 12, 2018 @ 3:12 pm

  4. alright already. I forgot about that.

    Comment by uh...clem — May 12, 2018 @ 4:10 pm

  5. […] Capitalism: a Horror Movie […]

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