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5.

Explaining Globalization

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Contains four episodes from The news hour with Jim Lehrer which explore what globalization means for the world economy and Americans. In the first episode, Paul Solman and Harvard economics professor Robert Lawrence explore what globalization looks like at street level. The second episode contains a conversation between David Gergen and New York Times columnist Tom Friedman. In the third segment, Peruvian economist Hernando De Soto discusses his book "The mystery of capital: why capitalism triumphs in the West and fails everywhere else". The final episode is a discussion of the implications of globalization with Friedman and Moises Naim, editor of Foreign policy magazine.
DVD
2007
Clemons (Stacks)
6.

Capitalism: A Love Story

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Michael Moore examines the impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans (and by default, the rest of the world). The film moves from Middle America, to the halls of power in Washington, to the global financial epicenter in Manhattan. With both humor and outrage, the film explores the question: What is the price that America pays for its love of capitalism? Families pay the price with their jobs, their homes, and their savings. Looking for an explanation, Moore talks with ordinary people whose lives have been turned upside down and tries to get answers in Washington, DC. What he finds are the all-too-familiar symptoms of a love affair gone astray: lies, abuse, betrayal, and 14,000 jobs being lost every day. Moore also presents a vision of a more hopeful future.
DVD
2010; 2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy

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This series explores our changing world: the new rules of the game, the winners and losers in the clash between government and the marketplace, the great debate over the impact of globalization, and the powerful forces shaping our economy and the future of society. It dramatically captures the issues that have defined the wealth and fate of nations and shows how the battle over the world economy will shape our lives in the 21st century.
VHS
2002
Ivy (By Request)
8.

Global Village or Global Pillage?

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Examines global industrialization and how people around the world are challenging it. Features Ralph Nadar, Charles Kernaghan, Thea Lee, Loretta Ross, Dennis Brutus. Based on the 1994 book of the same title.
VHS
1999
Ivy (By Request)
9.

The Government's Hand [electronic resource]

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Explores government intervention in the free market, with price ceilings (such as rent control), price floors (minimum wage), and social welfare programs. When the government's hand produces surprising or unintended outcomes, economists need to consider the incentives offered, how others will react, and what the inevitable tradeoffs will be.
Online
2002
10.

Monetary and Fiscal Policy [electronic resource]

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Explains how the government controls demand with fiscal and monetary policy. Shows how these policy tools are developed and how they work in practice.
Online
2002
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Inflation [electronic resource]: How Did the Spiral Begin?

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Examines the economic and social costs of the inflationary spiral created at the start of the Vietnam War. Investigates the actions taken by John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon to combat inflation. Questions whether the problem of inflation has been solved.
Online
1985
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The Banking System [electronic resource]: Why Must It Be Protected?

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Reviews the Savings and Loans crisis with a discussion of deposit insureance and the accountability of financial institutions. Details how banks operate and how the FDIC (by insuring deposits) and the Federal Reserve Bank (by acting as a lender of last resort) keep bank failures from becoming banking crises.
Online
1985
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The Federal Reserve [electronic resource]: Does Money Matter?

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Examines the rising power of the Federal Reserve Board and the pros and cons of increasing reliance on monetary policy. Explains how the Federal Reserve controls the money supply and influences the level of interest rates and inflation.
Online
1985
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Federal Deficits [electronic resource]: Can We Live With Them?

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Examines recent efforts to reduce the deficit, including the Gramm-Rudman act and a proposed constitutional amendment requiring balanced budgets. Discusses the economic policies of Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. Examines efforts to reduce the deficit, including the Gramm-Rudman Act and a proposed constitutional amendment requiring balanced budgets.
Online
2003; 1985
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Perfect Competition and Inelastic Demand [electronic resource]: Can the Farmer Make a Profit?

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Explores the concepts of perfect competition and inelastic demand by looking at the America's farming crises from the 1920's to the present.
Online
2003; 1985
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Economic Efficiency [electronic resource]: What Price, Controls?

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Examines the effect of wage, price, and rent controls in a free market economy, using rent control in New York City as an example.
Online
1985
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Stagflation [electronic resource]: Why Couldn't We Beat It?

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Shows how inflation and unemployment can rise simultaneously, creating the condition known as stagflation. Reviews the economic crises of the 1970's and the economic expansion of the 1990's.
Online
2002; 1985
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Hong Kong-Shenzhen: The Little Wall of China

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In 1978, Shenzhen was declared a special economic zone by the Chinese government, open to both native and foreign investors. Its development has been spectacular, with its population rising from 30,000 to 5 million inhabitants. When Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997, the frontier between the former British territory and Shenzhen theoretically disappeared. However, in actuality the border is still closed and integration is slow to occur. For Hong Kong, the risk of a massive illegal Chinese emigration is viewed as a threat to its economic stability. Also, since Hong Kong remained a free port with no import taxes, the Chinese are controlling the border to prevent those from Shenzhen using it as a way to escape taxes. The low cost of labor and real estate in Shenzhen have persuaded [...]
Online
2006
19.

We Work Again

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Online
1937
20.

The Plot to Overthrow FDR

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When Franklin Delano Roosevelt won the Presidency in 1932, many Americans looked to his bold New Deal plans as the way out of the dark days of the Depression. But a powerful group of financiers and industrialists saw his economic policies as a threat. The Plot to Overthrow FDR reveals how, inspired by political trends in Germany and Italy, this group conceived of a plan to either overthrow the newly-elected president or force him to take orders from them. They envisioned a paramilitary organization of disgruntled WWI veterans as the force to intimidate the government. The man they chose to inspire and lead this veteran's army was retired Marine General Smedley D. Butler, a colorful and outspoken champion of veteran's rights. But Butler was their undoing. After discovering the details [...]
Online
1999; 1996