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Capitalism is the Crisis

A four-part audio documentary about the destructive record of capitalism and the current disasters it has fomented.

For the last five centuries the Western capitalist system has been subjecting most of the world`s people to a permanent crisis of endless war, massive poverty, environmental degradation and economic instability. Capitalism has been built through slavery, imperialism, colonialism and neocolonialism. More than a billion people have been killed by capitalism making it the greatest crime committed against humanity.

Lately the crisis generated by capitalism has moved into the centres of Western power—North America and Europe.


1. “Capitalism is War”: Capitalism has inflicted war on most of humanity for the last 500 years. This episode focuses on the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and shows how both stem from the needs of capitalism for resources and markets. With Yanar Mohammed, Malalai Joya and Michael Skinner.

2. “Capitalism is Poverty”: Capitalism has made 80% of the world`s people poor, most of whom live in the Global South. This episodes shows how India specifically has been massively impoverished by capitalism. With Dr. Vandana Shiva And Rajagopal PV.

3. “Capitalism is Environmental Destruction”: Through the examples of Canada and Bangladesh, this episode shows how capitalism is devastating the global environment. With Lionel Lepine, Clayton Thomas-Muller, Afsan Chowdhury and Naushad Ali Husein.

4. “Capitalism is the Crisis. What Are the Alternatives?”: Capitalism has led the world into one financial crisis after another. The last episode looks at the financial crisis in the United States and Spain and presents alternatives to capitalism. With Stephen Lendman, Dr. Carles Muntaner, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Yanar Mohammed and Nikos Lountos.

“Capitalism is the Crisis” was funded by:

Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) (National)
CUPW Local 576 North Bay
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation
Canadian Union of Public Employees–Local 3903
Ed Finn
Readers of the “Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives Monitor”
Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association
Charles Roach
Ontario Public Interest Research Group-(OPIRG)-Toronto
OPIRG-York University
Don Schmidt
Toronto and York Region Labour Council
Canadian Auto Workers Local 40
Continuing Education Students Association of Ryerson

Credits: Written by Asad Ismi and produced by Kristin Schwartz. Go to for Asad`s publications and five other radio documentaries. Email him at or Kristin at to respond. Thanks to Chandra Siddan, Omar Faruque and Kevin Shaw.

The Economic Collapse Teach-in encompases upon some of the most highly controversial an crucial subjects of our day—the collapsing economy, the Federal Reserve, the Banks, Wall Street, financial fraud, foreclosures, homelessness, unemployment, workers rights, unions, trade agreements, etc. We scour the world to find and gather debates and presentations that are extremely informative and educational. Related subjects are also discussed. It provides key information for the uninitiated and the initiated alike.


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