The End of Poverty? (2008)

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A phenomenal discourse on why poverty exists when there is so much wealth in the world. A must see for anyone wanting to understand not only the US economic system but the foundations of today's global economy.



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The End of Poverty? asks if the true causes of poverty today stem from a deliberate orchestration since colonial times which has evolved into our modern system whereby wealthy nations exploit the poor. People living and fighting against poverty answer condemning colonialism and its consequences; land grab, exploitation of natural resources, debt, free markets, demand for corporate profits and the evolution of an economic system in in which 25% of the world's population consumes 85% of its wealth. Featuring Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz, authors/activist Susan George, Eric Toussaint, Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera and more. Written by Beth Portello

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In a world where there is so much wealth, why is there still so much poverty?







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Release Date:

16 December 2009 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Progress vs. Property  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,593 (USA) (13 November 2009)


$57,324 (USA) (19 March 2010)

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1.85 : 1
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I like videos about history like this one
23 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The longer I live the more I value history.

I am less distracted with the tiny incidents of current events when I understand the historic context.

Our current reality is the result of thousands of chains of events that stretch back in time.

I have come to especially value videos that tell the stories that go back hundreds of years.

This offers a summary of major events over the globe during the centuries.

I do not agree with all that is said here but many major parts of the mural of history are presented well.

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