Tag Archives: US of A

Capital in the Twenty-First Century [2019]

Capital, and concomitantly “capitalism” and the whole democratic concept that’s intertwined with it, is a huge topic. I haven’t traversed the entirety of Capital by Marx, but I have slogged my way through The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, … Continue reading

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Where’s my Roy Cohn? [2019]

I picked this film because it’s blurb pandered to my obvious lefty-pinko sensibilities – a take-down piece of an American back-room trader about whom I knew very little, but was fully ready to hate. In that regard, this documentary dished … Continue reading

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Race-ing Justice, En-gendering Power [1992]

The Philosophy-101 aphorism on the value of a historical record is that “those who forget history are doomed to repeat it”. Over the past couple of years we’ve had an interesting time re-learning historical lessons – by which I mean, … Continue reading

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#ShouldnabeenBernie

My favourite living philosopher is Slavoj Zizek, who I first encountered at NZIFF a few years ago in the film The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology. Since then I’ve read a half-dozen of his books, all of which are challenging and controversial … Continue reading

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The Fourth and Fifth Estates

My favourite line from Mars Attacks comes from the President after Congress has been wiped out by the Aliens – “I want the people to know that they still have 2 out of 3 branches of the government working for … Continue reading

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Gideon’s Army [2013]

It is not common for documentaries to make me feel angry, but the longer I think about Gideon’s Army, the more annoyed with it I get. The reason is that I think it is intending to advocate for a group … Continue reading

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Terms and Conditions May Apply [2013]

Dirty Wars was enlightening, but unsettling, in a rather distant way. After all, whatever views I might or might not hold about the USA, my country is extremely unlikely to be directly affected by JSOC, or Drone Strikes, or anything … Continue reading

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