Hey everyone, I hope you are staying safe and healthy in these trying times.
In this week’s installment of the Basalt Library Kanopy Movie Club we are going to discuss Capital in the Twenty-First Century, an examination of our modern social and economic order.
Justin Pemberton’s film adaption of Thomas Piketty’s book of the same name takes one of the most important economic tomes of our age and explains the modern economy in less than two hours. French economist Piketty’s 2013 book is 500 pages jammed full of facts, figures, and historical minutiae; an entire graduate seminar on the state of the world. This daunting work of the dismal science of economics is easily digested in Pemberton’s examination—there aren’t 200 pages of footnotes to wade through here.
Included in the film are a wide range of economic theorists including Francis Fukuyama and Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz. While Piketty’s own conclusions about the state of our social and economic systems differ greatly from those of Fukuyama, it is where these economists agree that is most illuminating. Below is a preview of Capital in the 21st Century. You can watch the entire documentary on Kanopy using your Basalt Regional Library card. Visit our website for information about how to join this event on Zoom on Friday, August 21, at 2PM.
Next week’s Film will be Wild Nights with Emily starring SNL alumni Molly Shannon as poet Emily Dickinson. Please join me virtually every Friday from 2-3PM for Kanopy Movie Club. Hope to see you there!
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