The End of Poverty?

Global poverty did not just happen. It began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land, minerals and forced labor. Today, the problem persists because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies — in other words, wealthy countries taking advantage of poor, developing countries. Renowned actor and activist, Martin Sheen, narrates THE END OF POVERTY?, a feature-length documentary directed by award-winning director, Philippe Diaz, which explains how today’s financial crisis is a direct consequence of these unchallenged policies that have lasted centuries. Consider that 20% of the planet’s population uses 80% of its resources and consumes 30% more than the planet can regenerate. At this rate, to maintain our lifestyle means more and more people will sink below the poverty line. Filmed in the slums of Africa and the barrios of Latin America, THE END OF POVERTY? features expert insights from: Nobel prize winners in Economics, Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz; acclaimed authors Susan George, Eric Toussaint, John Perkins, Chalmers Johnson; university professors William Easterly and Michael Watts; government ministers such as Bolivia’s Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera and the leaders of social movements in Brazil, Venezuela, Kenya and Tanzania. It is produced by Cinema Libre Studio in collaboration with the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation. Can we really end poverty within our current economic system? Think again.

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  1. Julia said:

    To be honest, I don’t trust mainstream economists on the topic of global poverty and the system which created it. When it comes down to it, those people are still apologists for that same system (or at least some aspects of it).

    The only way poverty can be ended is through workers’ self-management and ownership. Neither capitalism nor statism (which are basically the same thing) is going to fix the problem.

    • Sure it has a somewhat statist/institutionalist viewpoint, but provides a good background on the rise and spread of capitalism and how it relies on colonialism and the exploitation of the impoverished.

    • I hope you’re not suggesting that i may be a state-capitalist, Leninist, or anything of this kind o.O. I understand, that a system based on individual liberty, equality and mutual social responsibilty could change the world. If i’d raise a flag it would be red and black, black on top, comrade.

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