The School of Life: Capitalism

2014 ,    »  -   10 Comments
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Welcoming and insightful in both approach and tone, this compilation of short videos named Capitalism tackles various aspects of capitalistic ideals from a surprisingly human perspective which often borders on the psychoanalytical. Over a series of breezy and appealing vignettes, the authors set forth their overriding theories regarding the potentially detrimental symptoms of a capitalistic society.

Tackling issues ranging from wage inequality to corruptive greed to the ever widening gap between the haves and the have nots, the film argues that the healthiest form of capitalism should be of benefit to everyone collectively, and can only be achieved through a comprehensive and empathetic understanding of oneself and others.

One of the film's most astute segments is titled What's Education For?, and it charts the beginning steps on this journey of self-discovery to the modern classroom. After all, this is the forum where many first learn the ideals of capitalism. But what if our curriculum is all wrong in this regard? The film proposes that educational efforts should be more geared towards the teachings of practical life lessons such as the proper management of money, the means by which to find and nurture an ongoing career, and the basics involved in starting a business. These virtues can find strength in a complimentary plane of teaching; one that involves an investigation of the self, a discovery and definition of personal values, and exposure to the art of fostering positive and fruitful relationships.

In another provocative segment titled Against Philanthropy, the filmmakers argue for a different approach when it comes to the donations passed down by the wealthiest elite. Many of these accomplished capitalists make their fortunes in industries which serve little benefit to either the people or their environment. Then, they take the money they amassed from these efforts and distribute to various ventures like galleries and art museums across the globe. "People should stop being good in the way they distribute their money," the film's narrator instructs us during the segment. "They should try being good in the way they're making it." These business leaders should be encouraged to make more "enlightened investments", as the film refers to them, and place their funds and efforts towards redefining their own industries, allowing them to operate more responsibly for the greater good of all.

Whether articulating the motivations behind our obsessions with fame or the need to redesign the globe's major cities to be more open and interconnected than ever before, The School of Life: Capitalism contends that positive growth and change are only possible through self-reflection and examination.

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10 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Rick

    The School of Life: Capitalism - please look at what you have the actual film for watch now is "The Problem Of Fame" - Not the same film are they. Please look into and correct as would actually like to see "The School Of Life: Capitalism documentary..

  2. Vlatko

    It's a playlist. Only the first segment is about fame.

  3. Leigh Atkins

    Even as a small child, I knew that fame was crap & I was confused as to why all the other obviously deluded children wanted fame in any way at all.
    Fame is NOT freedom, fame is NOT always good attention, fame is NOT getting your needs met & fame is NOT real love or adoration.
    Do people not notice the cream pies in the face of famous people? Or the vicious gossip people share about them? Or the tearing & ripping of their hair & clothes as they just try leave a venue after their day's work (while they're screaming 'I love you')?
    Ask Brad Pitt how famous people don't even have the simple pleasure of walking down the street in anonymity without girls screaming & flocking to block your way?
    I see absolutely nothing positive about fame - does that mean that there's something wrong with me???

  4. Leigh Atkins

    And what has fame got to do with Capitalism? Am I missing something here?

  5. Leigh Atkins

    re: Why Some Countries Are Poor & Some Are Rich (6/18)

    The US is NOT an exception - they declare that they combine religiosity with wealth & they declare their devotion to God but prove false to the power of their own words. God is, in fact, not at all important to most of them & if he is, they just worship as their churches tell them - most of them certainly don't seek to study him for themselves. He's just 1 hour once a week, that's all.
    And THAT'S why they're rich...

  6. Helen Lasham

    I keep getting the trailer and I want to watch the full documentary. The trailer makes some great points though I found the narratter went toooo fast, like the crew had really taken on the utube culture, get it, get it now, get it quick! I better catch up eh! Lol

  7. john bates

    have you actually watched this? you seem to just be repeating the very points Alan De Botton makes!? Fame is the pursuit of social acceptance and glory... as is the capitalist pursuit of excessive wealth (more than one can possibly spend, therefore it's just point scoring). Fame is obviously not good, but only those who come from secure and loving backgrounds are free from desire for fame as the rest of us manifest our insecurity in the pursuit of fame/glory/riches.

  8. Kansas Devil

    I suspect those who could benefit from these episodes are not the type of people who would watch them.

  9. Leigh Atkins

    Of course I watched the dang thing - the funny thing was that most of the kids who most desperately wanted fame & shot their arms high into the air were already from families with 'secure and loving backgrounds', everyone knew this. I should add that the teacher asked (as I remember) 'what would you prefer: fame or fortune?'.
    I was the one from a family devoid of a secure and loving background, so I can only conclude that these kids were also from families where 'fortune' meant nothing coz the only choice left was 'fame' & since money was already provided, they assumed that fame was the only goal left. I recall seeing one of them later on local TV briefly & I thought 'well, there's your 15 seconds of fame, hope you enjoyed them'.
    My point is that I think he's left a few considerations out of his theory, that's all, otherwise I would crave fame...

  10. Leigh Atkins

    Oh how very right your are there, Kansas, and it's such a sad thing that you are...

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