Sunday, January 07, 2007

MUST SEE: Capitalism and Other Kids' Stuff

The first of what we hope will be many films to appear on this site is Capitalism & Other Kids' Stuff. It was made by four socialists on one freezing Saturday afternoon in a church hall at Hebburn in the north east of England. On a budget of £80 which was spent on travel expenses the cost of hiring the hall and some cold cheese pasties the film may be rough and ready but it's hoped that it says something real to you. The ideas it proposes are one's you're unlikely to see on any TV show, art house play or even the news networks.

Paddy Joe Shannon (Writer, Presenter)

This is basic analysis of the water we're in. It's easy enough to identify water when you're not living in it. He makes the basic break down or our economic system in a great allegory.

Capitalism and Other Kids' Stuff is a short film which was produced by the Socialist Party of Great Britain (SPGB) in 2005, aiming to explain the socialist perspective on capitalism, as well as potential alternatives in a way that children can understand, largely using analogy and metaphor.

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One man lays out his perspective on capitalism, through a series of interesting and easily verifiable observations.

Audio/Visual: sound, color
Language: English
Keywords: capitalism; socialism; anarchism
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Capitalism and Other Kids' Stuff

[cover of the Capitalism and Other Kids' Stuff DVD]

Capitalism and Other Kids' Stuff is a new DVD from the Socialist Party of Great Britain which asks us to take a fresh look at the world we live in and to question some of the most basic assumptions about life in capitalism.

The running time is 51 minutes.

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Capitalism and Other Kids' Stuff is available on DVD (PAL or NTSC) and VHS (PAL, NTSC, or SECAM). Online ordering will be available soon; until then, please contact the Socialist Party of Great Britain to place your order. The price for orders within the UK is GBP £5.50 (shipping included).

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Socialism refers to a broad array of doctrines or political movements that envisage a socio-economic system in which property and the distribution of wealth are subject to social control.[1] This control may be either direct—exercised through popular collectives such as workers' councils—or it may be indirect—exercised on behalf of the people by the state. As an economic system, socialism is often associated with state, community or worker ownership of the means of production.

The modern socialist movement had its origin largely in the working class movement of the late-19th century. In this period, the term "socialism" was first used in connection with European social critics who condemned capitalism and private property. For Karl Marx, who helped establish and define the modern socialist movement, socialism implied the abolition of money, markets, capital, and labor as a commodity.

It is difficult to make generalizations about the diverse array of doctrines and movements that have been referred to as "socialist," for the various adherents of contemporary socialist movements do not agree on a common doctrine or program. As a result, the movement has split into different and sometimes opposing branches, particularly between moderate socialists and communists. Since the 19th century, socialists have differed in their vision of socialism as a system of economic organization. Some socialists have championed the complete nationalization of the means of production, while some anarchist socialists favor decentralized collective ownership in the form of cooperatives or workers' councils. Social democrats have proposed selective nationalization of key industries within the framework of mixed economies. Stalinists insisted on the creation of Soviet-style command economies under strong central state direction. Others advocate "market socialism," in which social control over the distribution of wealth and the means of production exists within the framework of market economics and limited private property.

Capitalism generally refers to an economic system in which the means of production are mostly privately or corporately owned and operated for profit and in which distribution, production and pricing of goods and services are determined by cartels.

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