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Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy (2002)

Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy - Disc 1: The Battle of Ideas (2002)
Running Time: 360 min.

Disc 1: The Battle of Ideas
The Battle of Ideas identifies how the world, for much of the twentieth century, first moved toward more government control and then began to move away. The program focuses on the struggle between two economic thinkers, John Maynard Keynes, whose ideas on government intervention dominated much of the twentieth century, and Freidrich Von Hayek, whose free-market ideas were largely ignored until the economic crises of the 1970s forced political leaders to rediscover them. In the 1980s, the simultaneous emergence of the governments of Margaret Thatcher and Ronal Reagan set the stage for a worldwide capitalist revolution-- one that will be tested by economic turmoil in the future.


Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy - Disc 2: The Agony of Reform (2002)
Running Time: 360 min.

Disc 2: The Agony of Reform
The Agony of Reform explores the failure of government-controlled economies in the 1980s and how new leaders embraced the ideas of reform and "shock therapy"-- a rapid conversion from free-market capitalism. The program focuses on how reform played out in Russia, the eastern bloc, Latin America, India, and other countries as they lived through the upheavals of rapid change, coping with both the new freedoms and the new issues of privatization, deregulation, and the shock of free-wheeling competition.


Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy - Disc 3: The New Rules of the Game (2002)
Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 360 min.

Disc 3: The New Rules of the Game
The New Rules of the Game tracks the explosive growth of the new world economy from the 1992 presidential campaign to the present. Examining the promise and the perils of the global economy, the film focuses on the story of President Bill Clinton's embrace of free trade, the threat of global contagion, the sometimes violent debate over globalization, and the issues facing the Bush Administration and the United States in the 21st century. It tackles the impact of free trade on the developing world and on Americans, the sometimes perilous effects of globalized economies, and the critical questions for the future-- including the challenge of bringing the world's poor into the era of global growth.


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