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Film Screening Series: The Battle on Wall Street?

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

"Want to know what the mother of all bubbles was? Came out of nowhere, by chance. They called it the Cambrian Explosion. It happened around 530 million years ago. And, over the next 70-80 million years, the rate of evolution accelerated so fast that we came along, the human race. They still can't explain how that happened, except that it happened. Some people say it was by chance. Others, design. But who really knows?"

School of the Art Institute of Chicago: TH 10.13.2011 | 4PM
112 S. Michigan 14th floor lounge

University of Chicago: TH 10.20.2011 | 6PM
Harper Memorial Library | Room 102 | 1116 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL

Battle in Seattle (2007)

"I don't blame you. I mean, I do, but -- sh**, you're not the problem. You're just doing your job, I guess. The people I'm really trying to fight are the ones who destroy so much, and they hurt so many lives. Not just one. Literally, millions. And no one ever points a gun at them. You know, they just seem so -- unaccountable. Untouchable. Just seems kind of f***ed that you're -- you and me are the ones that have to fight each other."

University of Chicago: TH 10.13.2011 | 6PM
Harper Memorial Library | Room 151 | 1116 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL

School of the Art Institute of Chicago: TH 10.20.2011 | 4PM
112 S. Michigan 14th floor lounge

The recent #occupy protests protests depart significantly from the anti-war politics that has defined activism on the Left for the past decade. Slogans decrying corporate greed now dominate the picket signs that until recently were used to condemn U.S. imperialism. However, does this spreading protest movement signal a new era of activism in the U.S.? Or, are these recent demonstrations expressing old and familiar discontents? Perhaps, as the role of Adbusters suggests, something of the 1990s has come back into vogue, bringing back to the fore the age-old hatred of the bankers and impersonal financial institutions, and opposition to neoliberal globalization, now in crisis. The spirit of the 1999 Seattle protest against the World Trade Organization seems to have returned, with a vengeance.

Please join Platypus in considering the historical sources of the ongoing anti-Wall Street protests through the lens of two recent films that highlight the popular imagination of contemporary Capitalism and its discontents.

Contact: saic@platypus1917.org and uofc@platypus1917.org

Please read the article "Finance capital: Why financial capitalism is no more 'fictitious' than any other kind" by the Platypus Historians Group (Platypus Review issue #7, October 2008): http://platypus1917.org/2008/10/01/finance-capital-why-financial-capitalism-is-no-more-fictitious-than-any-other-kind/

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