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Age of Uncertainty

Approx. 60 min. each installment. 1976. Hosted by John Kenneth Galbraith. Prophets & Promise of Classical Capitalism. Discusses the birth of classical capitalism in Britain and France generated by the theories of Adam Smith and David Ricardo, and in the United States by the World Exposition of 1893. (NRLF #: B 4 175 291) Manners and Morals of High Capitalism. Looks at the robber baron industrial capitalists of the late nineteenth century and examines their "conspicuous consumption" concept of earning and spending money. Discusses ways in which this concept affects our attitudes today. ( NRLF #: B 4 175 292) Karl Marx--The Massive Dissent. Investigates the impact of Karl Marx and other socialist thinkers on our economic interpretation of society. (NRLF #: B 4 175 293) The Colonial Idea. Focuses on colonialism and the colonial adventure using India and Great Britain as the prime example. Presents an in-depth look at the British intervention, control and domination of India and finally the removal of the colonial government. (NRLF #: B 4 175 294) Lenin and the Great Ungluing. Focuses on the breakup of the old political order during World War I, which introduced, what Galbraith terms, an age of uncertainty and the first experience of a socialist alternative in Soviet Russia under Lenin. (NRLF #: B 4 175 295) Rise and Fall of Money. Focuses on the history and function of money in society, which Galbraith considers through an analysis of the cycles of instability and inflation that plague the system. Three prime examples, The Bank of Amsterdam, The Bank of England, and the development of banking and currency in the U.S., are examined in depth. (NRLF #: B 4 175 29) Mandarin Revolution. Focuses on the worldwide slump that threatened economic disaster after World War I and the role of economist John Maynard Keynes' ideas on saving the West. (NRLF #: B 4 175 297) Fatal Competition. Investigates the origins and development of the military and industrial economy as a result of the cold war and the continuing rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union. (NRLF #: B 4 175 298) Big Corporation. Focuses on the modern corporation, which Galbraith considers from the viewpoints of history, contemporary sociology and future development. Multi-national corporations are prominent today and ironically Galbraith feels they are leading the way in bringing socialism as a form of government, to the entire world. (NRLF #: B 4 175 299) Land and the People. Focuses on the role of land in determining wealth and poverty and its effect on social and foreign policies. Shot on location in Mexico, the United States, Canada, Pakistan and Singapore as examples of countries who have had some success in breaking the "equilibrium of poverty." (NRLF #: B 4 175 300) Metropolis. Portrays problems of the industrial society as seen in the urban metropolis, which best reflects its uncertainty and crisis. (NRLF #: B 4 175 301) Democracy, Leadership, and Commitment. Focuses on the processes and operation of democracy with a look at the American experiment. Combines Galbraith's personal memoirs of leaders that he has known, from Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., with emphasis on the role of individual action in government and organization. (NRLF #: B 4 175 302) Weekend in Vermont. Several world leaders gather at Galbraith's Vermont home to discuss the world situation. Among the topics discussed are national security, nuclear arms proliferation, developing nations, and the fear of terrorists. Guests include former British Prime Minister, Edward Heath, historian Arthur Schlesinger, Soviet academician, Gyorgy Arbatov, former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, and other statesmen, professors, and newspaper people. NRLF pt. 1-pt. 3 (NRLF)