Sunday, August 19, 2007

Commanding Heights: The Battle For the World Economy

The history and impact of the new global economy are made clear--and compelling--in Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy. This three-part, six-hour documentary does an astonishingly thorough job of dissecting and explaining macroeconomics and their current political and social importance without ever causing a loss of consciousness for the viewer.

Part 1, The Battle of Ideas, chronicles the history of economic thought from the start of the 20th century and its socialist reforms right through the deregulation of the 1980s.

Part 2, The Agony of Reform, explores the upheavals that such deregulation caused, focusing primarily on economic growth and gains and touching briefly on the wrenching consequences for the poor.

Part 3, The New Rules of the Game, explores the consequences of globalization, including terrorism and the contagion of market collapse.

The series makes good use of both large-and small-scale examples, and features interviews with several major world leaders. Big ideas are made extremely accessible to the average viewer (without condescension). Well worth watching.
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Chapter 1: Prologue
Chapter 2: The First Era of Globalization, Keynes and Hayek
Chapter 3: Communism on the Heights
Chapter 4: A Capitalist Collapse
Chapter 5: Global Depression
Chapter 6: Worldwide War
Chapter 7: Planning the Peace
Chapter 8: Democracy and Free Markets, enter Milton Friedman
Chapter 9: Germany's Bold Move
Chapter 10: India's Way, The Science of Central Planning
Chapter 11: Chicago Against the Tide
Chapter 12: Stagflation, Richard Nixon, Price Controls
Chapter 13: A Mixed Economy Flounders, Thatcher and Hayek
Chapter 14: Deregulation Takes Off, Airlines and Sandwiches
Chapter 15: Thatcher Takes the Helm
Chapter 16: Reagan Rides In
Chapter 17: War in the South Atlantic
Chapter 18: The Heights Go Up for Sale
Chapter 19: The Battle Decided?


Chapter 1: Prologue
Chapter 2: The essence of Soviet Power, Socialism's Influence
Chapter 3: Behind the Iron Faτade, no water, no fire, no incentives
Chapter 4: India's Permit Raj, Hindustan vs. Toyota
Chapter 5: Latin American Dependencia
Chapter 6: Counterrevolution in Chile, Salvador Allende Assasinated
Chapter 7: Chicago Boys and Pinochet
Chapter 8: Heresy in the USSR
Chapter 9: Poland's Solidarity
Chapter 10: Bolivia at the Brink
Chapter 11: Shock Therapy Applied
Chapter 12: The Miracle Year in Poland
Chapter 13: Poland in Transition
Chapter 14: Gorbachev Tries China
Chapter 15: Soviet Free Fall
Chapter 16: Reform Goes Awry
Chapter 17: India Escapes Collapse
Chapter 18: Russia Tries to Privatize
Chapter 19: Loans For Shares
Chapter 20: Closing the Deal
Chapter 21: A Decade of Radical Change


Chapter 1: Prologue
Chapter 2: The Global Idea
Chapter 3: NAFTA: The First Test
Chapter 4: Crossing Borders, Mexico
Chapter 5: The Global Market
Chapter 6: Emerging Market Hunters
Chapter 7: Averting a Meltdown: 1994
Chapter 8: The Global Village
Chapter 9: China and the Tigers
Chapter 10: The Japanese Paradox
Chapter 11: Global Contagion Begins
Chapter 12: Contagion Engulfs Asia, Indonesia Implodes
Chapter 13: Russia Defaults
Chapter 14: The Crisis Reaches America, LTCM
Chapter 15: Anti-Globalization Movement
Chapter 16: The Streets of Seattle, Free-trade Double Standard
Chapter 17: Failure at the Summit, The World Bank Under Attack
Chapter 18: The Global Divide, Poverty
Chapter 19: Capitalism Redefined
Chapter 20: The Bottom End of Globalism
Chapter 21: Changing of the Guard
Chapter 22: The Battle Resumed, Quebec City 2001, Protests
Chapter 23: After 9/11


BILL CLINTON, President of the United States of America, 1993-2001
VICENTE FOX, President of Mexico
RICHARD CHENEY, Vice President of the United States of America
JEFFREY SACHS, Director, Columbia University Earth Institute
MILTON FRIEDMAN, Professor Emeritus, University of Chicago
GEORGE SHULTZ, U.S. Secretary of State, 1982-1989
LARRY LINDSEY, Assistant to the U.S. President for Economic Policy, 2001-2002
LAWRENCE SUMMERS, President of Harvard University; U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, 1999-2001
ROBERT RUBIN, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, 1995-1999
PAUL VOLCKER, Chairman, Federal Reserve Board, 1979-1987
HERNANDO DE SOTO, Economist; Founder and Director, Institute for Liberty and Democracy, Peru
RICHARD GEPHARDT, Democratic Leader, U.S. House of Representatives, 1989-2002
NEWT GINGRICH, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1995-1999
MARK MOBIUS, President, Templeton Emerging Markets
MIKHAIL GORBACHEV, General Secretary, Communist Party, USSR, 1985-1991
ANATOLY CHUBAIS, First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, 1994-1996
VLADIMIR POTANIN, President, Interros Holding Company
GRIGORY YAVLINSKY, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, 1990
YEGOR GAIDAR, Acting Prime Minister of Russia, 1992
LEE KUAN YEW, Senior Minister of Singapore
DR. MAHATHIR BIN MOHAMAD, Prime Minister of Malaysia
GONZALO SANCHEZ DE LOZADA, President of Bolivia, 1993-1997, 2002-2003
MANMOHAN SINGH, Finance Minister of India, 1991-1996
THEA LEE, Assistant Director for International Economics, AFL-CIO
LORD KENNETH BAKER, Conservative Party Minister of British Parliament, 1981-1992
LESZEK BALCEROWICZ, Deputy Prime Minister of Finance of Poland, 1989-1991
TONY BENN, Labor Party Minister of British Parliament, 1950-2001
GORDON BROWN, Labor Party Finance Minister (Chancellor of the Exchequer)
KEN CAPSTICK, Former Chairman, Yorkshire National Union of Mineworkers
JORGE CASTANEDA, Foreign Minister of Mexico, 2001-2003
JON CORZINE, First Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, 1994-2001
ALEJANDRO FOXLEY, Finance Minister of Chile, 1990-1994
JOSEPH STIGLITZ, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, The World Bank,1997-2000
LECH WALESA, President of Poland, 1990-1995
et al.


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