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Documentary for Dinner: Occupy Tactics – Violence and Legitimacy in the Occupy Movement and Beyond (2012)

A Debate between Chris Hedges and the CrimethInc. Ex-Workers Collective on Tactics & Strategy, Reform & Revolution.

I found it most entertaining to watch this passive-aggressive neo-hippie representing the black bloc come up against Chris’ cool, deliberate, authoritative demeanour. Admittedly, I had made up my mind going into this debate having seen first hand the blowback generated by the so-called “black bloc” at the G20 protest in my own city of Toronto. Their actions turned a lot of the sensible public against the greater whole of protestors, even putting a bad taste in my own mouth about a protest I would otherwise be fully behind. During and since the G20 we have seen a ramping up of American-style crowd management across Canada, backed by a justification vividly illustrated by the burning cruisers – a PR stunt even many mainstream Canadian news organizations believe was perpetrated by the police and swallowed hook, line and sinker by the bloc.

Documentary for Dinner: Psywar (2010)

A Metanoia Films production, Psywar investigates the history of propaganda and its integral role in modern polyarchy.

Excellent soundtrack and narration.

Documentary for Dinner: Ethos (2012)

Narrated by Woody Harrelson, Ethos is a documentary about how our capitalist system allows large corporations and private interests to control society and ignore the will of the majority despite the apparent democratic advances of the last 200 years.

Ethos ends with a rallying call for democratic spending; i.e. rewarding companies that behave desirably with your loyalty and boycotting those that do not. Unfortunately, thanks in part to globalization and also general apathy we have seen how little boycotts against the likes of Dow or Coca Cola have worked in the past. Interestingly, it is a similar ideology of market-directed democracy which led to wholesale deregulation of the financial industry during the Clinton era.

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