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Karl Marx (voice)
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Toni Negri ...
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Leon Trotsky (voice)
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Marx Reloaded is a cultural documentary that examines the relevance of German socialist and philosopher Karl Marx's ideas for understanding the global economic and financial crisis of 2008-09. The crisis triggered the deepest global recession in 70 years and prompted the US government to spend more than 1 trillion dollars in order to rescue its banking system from collapse. Today the full implications of the crisis in Europe and around the world still remain unclear. Nevertheless, should we accept the crisis as an unfortunate side-effect of the free market? Or is there another explanation as to why it happened and its likely effects on our society, our economy and our whole way of life? Written and directed by Jason Barker - himself an experienced writer, lecturer, translator and doctor of philosophy - Marx Reloaded comprises interviews with the world's leading philosophers of Marxism, including those at the forefront of a popular revival in Marxist and communist ideas. The film also ... Written by Jason Barker

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Slavoj Zizek: A communist society would be a society where everyone would be allowed to dwell in his or her own stupidity. You know who gave me this idea? Even Fred Jameson who said what if you imagine communism not as a perfectly normal society but, like a crazy society that you find on some Bruegel painting/proverbs, you know. A madman here that is a man thinks that is a man who thinks he is a chicken, there is a man who thinks he is Napoleon, you know. All these madmen politely existing wouldn't it be ...
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Bold and Intelligent
16 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

I have seen other films, like Examined Life, which also stars Slavoj Zizek, and which claim to be about philosophy, but which are not remotely philosophical, thought-provoking or even very coherent. But this film's narrative was very intricate, and the film was superbly directed by someone who not only understands philosophy (Jason Barker is an established "theorist" and philosophy translator) but knows how to communicate with an audience. I'm not sure if I understood all the many ideas that were packed in to the relatively short 50 minutes. But it certainly made me want to read more Marx. And the thinkers on offer here all had something different to say. This surprised me, since the impression we get of Marxists is of a bunch of people dogmatically agreeing with each other. But in this film it seems like Marx can't solve the world's problems because no one can really agree what his ideas are. A very intelligent and informative film.


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