When: Thursday September 15th, 7pm-9pm
Where: New International Book Shop, basement Trades Hall
Entry: $5 or $3 if an existing NIBS member. Pre-book here
Over the last three months of 2016 NIBS will be screening CAPITALISM which is an ambitious and accessible six-part documentary series that looks at both the history of ideas and the social forces that have shaped the capitalist world.
Blending interviews with some of the world’s great historians, economists, anthropologists, and social critics, with on-the-ground footage shot in twenty-two countries, CAPITALISM questions the myth of the unfettered free market, explores the nature of debt and commodities, and retraces some of the great economic debates of the last 200 years.
Each month we will screen two of the six episodes. Each 52 minute episode is designed to stand alone.
Episode 1: Adam Smith, The Birth of the Free Market
This episode explores the origins of capitalism, arguing that it is inextricably linked to colonialism, the rise of science, and the slave trade. Capitalism preceded Smith by centuries – the plantations of the West Indies were purely capitalist enterprises, as were the privately-funded expeditions that colonized much of the world. Like today’s startups, these ventures offered high risk but huge rewards to those that succeeded.
Episode 2: The Wealth of Nations: A New Gospel?
This episode of CAPITALISM argues that disconnecting Smith the economist from Smith the moral philosopher has led to tragic distortions that have profoundly shaped our global economic system.
A description and trailer for each episode can be found here: