In this thread, Muad’Dib recommended a documentary available on the web called The Commanding Heights. The title refers to the ‘Commanding Heights of the Economy’ - A term coined by Lenin when he tried to institute market reforms in the lower levels of the economy while reserving the ‘Commanding Heights’ for the state. Basically, the documentary covers the 20th century struggle to determine whether our economy should be ruled by markets or governments. The whole story is bookended by two eras of Globalization - the one immediately before WWI, and the current globalization era.
This may be the best documentary I’ve ever seen, and the best use of the web for learning I’ve ever seen. You can watch the entire show on the web at PBS’s site (yes, it was produced by PBS). As you watch the documentary online, links pop up as people or topics are discussed. You can click on the links and see deeper discussions while the main presentation pauses. Brilliant.
I highly recommend it to anyone interested in economics, globalization, and 20th century history. Or even those who are interested in the web as a learning resource.
I put this in Great Debates because I thought the show might make for an interesting debate after people have seen it. The show has a definite position, but gives a good airing to all sides of the debate.