Capital In The Twenty-First Century: Review

Capital In The Twenty-First Century

We live in a world where 1% of the world’s population owns 90% of the world’s wealth. We live in a time where there are great political and economic struggle, where the people are being told that if they work hard then they too would eventually rise to the level of wealth that they’ve only dreamed of having. Even if that promise is a lie.

We live in a time where giant corporations with global monopolies over certain markets take advantage of their workers and punish them when they step out of line. We live in a time where the world’s population is sick of being treated like slaves, where the 1% rules over the rest and that if something isn’t done then a revolution may be in the air -and it’s not for the first time.

Capital in The Twenty-First Century is a documentary all about the rise, fall and rise again of the world’s economy and where it all went wrong. Talking to a line of historical and economic experts, Capital in The Twenty-First Century carefully maps out every economic boom and crash whilst clearly talking to an audience who may find the subject too daunting.



Using films, literature, Public Service Announcements and advertisements, Capital tells its story and makes it as plain as day, with some startling parallels to the worst times in the twentieth century and how we live today.

Using many examples to illustrate its points, Capital explains to its audience how we all managed to go through good times and bad, only for them to go back and forth through history. From the Wall Street Crash of the 1920’s to the financial property crisis of 2008, Capital reminds the audience that whenever we feel too comfortable about our lives, then financial ruin may be just around the corner.

However hopeful one time may seem, the pattern that history seems to follow is that we should enjoy it while it lasts because we may never get that time back.

So, for now Capital in the Twenty-First Century serves as a reminder of what lessons we have to learn from our political and economic history. It reminds us that if we don’t heed the warning signs from history that led us down the wrong path, we may be doomed to go there all over again.


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Joel found out that he had a talent for absorbing film trivia at a young age. Ever since then he has probably watched more films than the average human being, not because he has no filter but because it’s one of the most enjoyable, fulfilling and enriching experiences that a person can have. He also has a weak spot for bad sci-fi/horror movies because he is a huge geek and doesn’t care who knows it.

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