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Capital in the 21st Century

This fascinating documentary explores the rise of capitalism and tracks the origins of the significant wealth inequality that characterizes the US and many other countries. Using a combination narration from economic experts and popular culture samples such as movie clips and song tracks, the film starts off just before the Industrial Revolution examining changing economic and social trends and how capital has adjusted to the changes. There are some really interesting stories along the way, including how the need to change clothes each year to remain in fashion evolved and how the Christmas craze developed. But overall, the film takes a critical look at capitalism, shows how the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few is returning economies to the look and feel feudal economies, and provides some solutions for how to reverse the impacts of wealth inequality. It never has time to get bogged into depth and details, but you still leave the film with a pretty good understanding of what is taking place. Big thumbs up for a film that is fascinating to watch, is very interesting in its use of music and movie clips and paints a sobering picture of how we ended up in the situation we are in now. I have not read the original book, but the film got me to Amazon to order the audiobook. (2020; 4.5 Stars)

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