Episode Two

Featuring Dee Smith

In Episode Two of ’A World on the Brink’ – Globalization and its Discontents, Dee Smith examines globalization and its impact, bringing nearly a billion people out of poverty, but not without significant drawbacks. In this episode, we attempt to place globalization in context: as both progenitor and part of larger global changes that include automation, the rise of identity politics, economic contagion, and phenomena like Brexit. Contributors discuss the pros and cons of globalization in the context of the politics of nostalgia, populist movements, and attempts to recreate previous political and social structures. We also examine the largely unanswered questions that face us all, as opposing economic and social trends continue to gather strength. https://www.realvision.com/world-brink-disclaimer/

Published on
27 October, 2017
Topic
Macro, China, Globalization
Duration
52 minutes
Rating
210

Comments

  • KN

    Kelly N.

    4 11 2018 10:53

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    Very disappointing... more suited to being CNN .... devoid of reality

  • JC

    John C.

    17 4 2018 03:19

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    RV - Instead of playing the already well documented thesis of the disenfranchised white males who are closed minded about the forces of inevitable change; try interviewing what the average Greek on the street thinks of globalization. I curious what their thoughts are about Brussels and the IMF?

    Next time remember the true disenfranchised are not the people that we already know about but it the people that we forgot about.

    In closing you played your bias out when you let one of your guest get in the comment that referendum are a dangerous thing. I thought democracy was a good idea. The suggestions at the end feel a little to close George Orwell’s Animal Farm. “All animals are equal but some more than other.”

  • DL

    Dan L.

    12 4 2018 19:29

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    Love the closing soundtrack. Sounds like synthwave from an 80's movie.

  • BL

    Brian L.

    9 1 2018 23:26

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    Part 2...shaking my head RV. Faulty memories of the past?

    How about stagnant wages for 20+ years. Massive Illegal immigration, Balkanized societies, No go zones, non-assimilation, Immigrant access to free health care that costs the middle class thousands of dollars, sharia law rather than Western law, the destruction of meritocracy and replaced by race, sex quota's... I could go on and on. In short, Western Civilization is under attack...by who RV? Not citizens with a faulty memory.

  • AO

    Aram O.

    4 1 2018 06:45

    2       2

    I can't rid myself of the thought that these series were somehow covertly funded by CIA or CFR lackeys. The way CIA goes about achieving their objectives often makes it impossible for the party (RV in this case) doing the heavy lifting to even suspect they are being played. Hope I'm wrong...

  • EG

    Eduardo G.

    28 12 2017 14:43

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    These topics will always generate controversy as there isn't a unique way of looking at it. Looking forward to see how it develops and what are the authors' views on Latin America (if it ever gets to that region of the world).

  • WM

    William M.

    24 12 2017 19:50

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    Don't waste your time in it. Populist junk commentary.

  • kg

    karen g.

    17 12 2017 23:01

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    What an 'alternative' view... certainly never heard this before...

  • KE

    Kenan E.

    11 12 2017 14:45

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    It doesn't get better in episode 2. Only a few arbitrary points from a german european.

    1. THE ONLY REASON why Germany currently 'prospers' (compared to the rest of europe) is the euro. It is a just the effect of the currency. The euro makes german exports cheaper and the exports of all other european-union nations more expensive. This effect is only a medium term effect since it will ultimately cripple the strong german export-industry and this is also the cause of much of the political dissent in europe.

    2. Britain leaves the EMU NOT EUROPE. EUROPE is a continent.

    3. The migrant influx in europe has nothing to do with people seeking work or people who come here because they want to live a life under the rule of law (or some other noteworthy reason). Those guys (80% young males) come here because some nations (especially germany and sweden) build homes for them and give them money without really demanding integration or SOMETHING ELSE. Most of them are completely non-integratable. Most of them don't respect the rule of law, don't respect free speech, don't respect gay rights, don't respecht women rights ... NOT WANTING those people here has NOTHING to do with intolerance or some strange dislike of foreigners.

    I won't go on further although there would be much more to say about this piece of crap! Sorry guys maybe it would be useful for RVTV just to produce fewer content but instead keep the quality where it was just a few months ago!?!?

  • RO

    Robert O.

    26 11 2017 06:36

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    It seems that Japan has been a global partner in trade without opening its doors to anyone who wishes to move there.
    Other countries offer immigration to people who have the skill sets that the country needs. Why is this bad?
    If unrestricted immigration is such a great idea why shouldn't the US empty its prison population into London, Paris, Brussels and Berlin. With all these working age males released into their great cities, I'm sure small business growth would see a marked uptrend based on the broken window hypothesis.

  • B

    Bojo .

    23 11 2017 18:55

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    A lot of glossing over and very one-sided. Opium epidemics, for example, is not an accident. It is a deliberate policy.

  • ag

    anthony g.

    13 11 2017 19:55

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    Good introduction and RV touched on a few reasons for all the " upsetness " all around. But never really developed them past talking with a group of academics it seems. The Morocco comment is very important as it strikes at the heart of what has happened. Essentially to many, to fast, is my view. The rules seem to have also been thrown out. Sharia law all over for example is one repeated comment here and in many other places which should be a concern. But nothing is done about it. The increased speed of change will destroy many loved institutions all over the place. This was touched on but only very briefly.
    Seems RC is scared of saying what many viewers already seem to know. Look for increased instability almost everywhere. Maybe the tech people need to be told to slow down a bit ? Good luck with that. To RV - be more specific next time and develop this discussion more be including more different people, including business's and charities and maybe a few average people as well. Or - concentrate on 1 or 2 specific places and develop only those..... for a while perhaps ?

  • CT

    Claudia T.

    8 11 2017 19:23

    4       1

    I have been a RV TV subscriber from the beginning. In the past few months I had not been too impressed with content overall. And after having watched the first part of this series I finally decided to cancel my subscription. And by just reading the comments below I know I made the right decision. This is not the RV I want and have known over these past three years.

  • LT

    Luc T.

    5 11 2017 10:07

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    @ Nicolas V: you are spot on! Raoul, there is a huuge diifference between a documentary and an interview...

  • CM

    C M.

    4 11 2017 02:31

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    I agree 100% with the anti-globalist/CFR commentary below, so I won't repeat it here.

    Let me just say that the only value I gained from this video series thus far is reading the comments below: RV members give me hope that all sanity is not lost (!), and some of the RV readers' recommendations have been excellent -- e.g., the James Goldsmith website and Charlie Rose interview, which was superb (it was satisfying to see CR claim that NAFTA was a resounding success and that JG was a nutter and had it all wrong -- boy, talk about egg on one's face!).

  • RT

    Rune T.

    3 11 2017 02:15

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    The guy in Morocco nailed it, a few are very welcome. Thousands and thousands not so much.
    Also the over class lord of whatever should stop to think that societies may prosper in spite of immigrants, not exactly because of them. At least not the ones I see hanging around most of Europe... how is unemployment, lack of education and no interest in assimilating with locals prosperous? He needs to get out more, try heading over to a few of the local ghettos where sharia law is in place, where they don't speak the local language... these places are everywhere and as I drive around Europe I see them more an more.

  • ms

    mahesh s.

    2 11 2017 21:17

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    WOW!!! AMAZING INSIGHTS!! Would love to have Neil Howe watch this and put it into the " turning" concept as it appears he has nailed this
    Keep up your fabulous work.

  • JG

    James G.

    1 11 2017 14:46

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    Perhaps an interview with well spoken and thoughtful person of the “ unprotected class “ would add another dimension ... this is like watching a pro team running plays...no competition

  • JH

    Jesse H.

    1 11 2017 00:11

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    Common, guys - we are better than this. We may not like the series (or the episode) in question, but that doesn't mean we need to be throwing people under the bus. I am sure Dee Smith and those involved in the production of this series put a fair amount of hard work into this. And, while I am not a fan of the approach taken for many reasons, I think it is absurd to suggest that the series is "propaganda," that the series is "crap" or that those interviewed, many of whom are associated with excellent universities in the US, have never had a "real job." This doesn't reflect the typical tenor of reasoned and intelligent RV debate.

  • JG

    Jory G.

    31 10 2017 20:59

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    I think a lot of the experts have been educated beyond their intellect and probably never had a real job.

  • BK

    Brian K.

    31 10 2017 16:09

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    Compares Andy Grove and Sergey Brin to the people being brought in today ?

  • RM

    Russell M.

    31 10 2017 15:36

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    Kind of a summary of the effect of ever accelerating change brought on by technology. If you want a more insightful exploration of the potential paths to and effects of change, try reading Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark. The Audible version is great.

  • PB

    Pieter B.

    31 10 2017 08:32

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    Thanks a lot for the content! Fantastic value!

  • MM

    Michael M.

    31 10 2017 01:51

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    Wow - do you guys need some oxygen up there....?

  • AF

    Andrew F.

    30 10 2017 21:05

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    The type of insights that make you think about where we came from and where we are today. How we interact with each other and were we may be affected by tomorrows new order. Be it technological or human interactions. Well explained. Thanks Dee Smith and RV.

  • SR

    Steve R.

    30 10 2017 19:17

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    I was very disappointed with this segment. It seems as though the immigration argument was a straw man that was "insultingly" knocked down.
    Why is it xenophobic to want the "rule of law" enforced? Those of us in the United States that oppose illegal immigration are considered racist for wanting our laws enforced. If we ignore the tax laws, will the authorities be equally forgiving?

    If we want a "points based" immigration system, why are we considered xenophobic or racist? Canada and Australia have "points based" immigration policies. Are they xenophobic?

    I have traveled internationally for my job. If you want to see tough immigration employment practices, try working in Mexico. Are they xenophobic?

  • TD

    Tom D.

    30 10 2017 18:56

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    Here is a fitting end to this discussion...
    https://www.chonday.com/5595/anthofius3/

  • JF

    John F.

    30 10 2017 16:52

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    You left out Samuel P. Huntington, author of The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order (Simon & Schuster, 1998). The conclusion should be, that the Western world, in its rush to spread its cultures and laws, have ignored history. Countries defend their culture and their ancestry and their emotional attachments. The thrust to bring the Middle East into modernity without the West setting boundaries on its own actions contributes to tensions. The Nixon era policy of ignoring ideological or moral considerations to advance political and economic alliance has swung in the other direction, polarizing the theme of globalization. If you poke at a lion in a cage, he will take a swat at you. Is this provocation intentional or out of ignorance. Will we cry the lion must be killed because he is now aggressive. Didn't we provoke England to gain our independence. Rising nationalism is about rebelling about being kept in a high chair past a reasonable age. The West imposes restrictions through, treaties, protective trade agreements, and political and economic pressure to feed their balance of payments. The cultural problems internal to Western countries is not globalization exporting jobs. Rather it is the allocation of capital internally by the private sector. Example: when the transistor was ready to market, long term bonds were issued based upon the calculation of a high volume of sales. This lowered the price and made it marketable. The west has not moved into the a modernized way of living. Where is the hydrogen economy we were promised in Forbes magazine? What ever happened to the oil eating bacteria that a lab developed in California that was never applied to the Gulf of Mexico Oil spill? Is venture capital over focusing on the internet and information technology. Should they be mandated by law to diversify by a national planning commission? Why must the Right use most deficit spending to feed the military and leave little for infrastructure without regard for the reduced ability of citizens to consume and take their place is driving GNP. Where is the peace of mind that pension money should be managed by your trade association, because businesses come and go and governments come and go. Germany has a more balanced system. They are motivated, as they say,' because they know what it is like to go hungry'. Only war can teach that lesson. How unfortunate, if that should be one of the outcomes to us in the future. Time is a roll of the dice.

  • RL

    Radu L.

    30 10 2017 12:54

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    Many people around this forum (interestingly, RV became a forum) express the most primal survival instinct wrapped in, what they wishfully claim to be, intelligent words and concepts.
    Sarah D and the likes only push forward the stories of their "threatened self, family, nation, life- style" without ever having read a high school history book. They have no clue that the US came to dominate the trade world by massive, massive (should I say it the 3rd time) subsidies and protectionist measures in agriculture, steel, and many countless industries. All empires are ok as long as it is “my” empire (US, UK, NL, DE, BE, etc.).
    When Chinese kids are sewing Nike sneakers for our kids and eat bowl of rice a day (stereotypes, huh?), we are capitalists and we gladly spread it into the world.
    When others rise, catching up on the lifestyle and food habits and maybe building up their own empire then “we love our country and life style”.
    These cartoon books readers have no clue that it is ALWAYS the immigrant, the outsider either conqueror or settler who generates change and, eventually, progress. Biologically, it is the one who moves that needs to adapt, to improvise, to improve, to change, to take the extra step and the leap of faith.
    The topic is just as vast as the ignorance of these “my life style” lovers.

  • an

    adrian n.

    30 10 2017 11:41

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    Identity. It really pisses me off when I am dissappointed by my realised identity.

    These experts understand that rationale, but they don't understand that feeling. Without knowing the feeling they only have a token understanding. Their conclusions can never be accurate.

    Very clever and persuasive conclusions. However, these will never quell the anger. True emotional experience compounds enmasse. Then it becomes policy.

  • JL

    John L.

    30 10 2017 03:50

    1       0

    Hope the main meal is better than the entree.

    But again, thats kudos to RV; we have come to expect excellence from this insightful purveyor of financial, economic and geo political analysis.

  • JH

    Jesse H.

    30 10 2017 03:46

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    Likewise disappointed by this series and this episode. Doesn't go deep enough, and the diversity of interviewees is well below par in terms of country and, let's be honest, economic class / status - for example, nearly every interviewee is American or British. Not a single Chinese person was interviewed about the rise of China, as far as I could see?! Seems crazy and woefully inadequate and very Western-centric. We also need to see interviewees not just from elite institutions and the corporate world, but also other from other backgrounds (e.g. freelance investors, financiers, etc.). Agree with many of the comments echoed below - not up to the good ol' RV standard of independent, rigorous thought we are used to.

  • PN

    Paul N.

    30 10 2017 01:12

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    Globalization has had tremendous economic benefits for humanity as a whole but anyone who dismisses the concerns of skeptics as racism is intellectually dishonest. This kind of dishonesty on both sides of politics makes discussion of any political issue unbearable to listen to.

    All of the reasonable people tuned out years ago.

  • GM

    Greg M.

    29 10 2017 22:41

    4       1

    Too much style not enough substance.

  • yd

    yon d.

    29 10 2017 21:59

    0       0

    Meh...

  • SB

    Sergei B.

    29 10 2017 19:27

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    A well produced recap of "globalization and it discontents" that, unfortunately, does not contain a lot of [original] analysis with subsequent predictions as extensions of underlying driving forces. That is, nothing in the presentation is new to an average observer of the current events. We know the state of affairs but, as in Memento, we are not sure how we got here. Te be fair, various structural and psychological factors are listed as culprits, such as the Westphalian order, post WW2 global order and even imperfection of human memory but what is missing, in my opinion, are description and discussion of actual historical links that tie the past to the present. Many possible developmental paths were possible, I would think, but what transpired must have been defined by both global and local forces (people and events). Again, some events and people are listed and/or shown but not treated in any depth. The type of analysis I have in mind is well represented by the demographic tour-de-force of the "Fourth Turning", "The Dark Side of the ETF", "Oil" and many other series. In fact, as many other already mentioned, these in-depth analytically rigorous presentations define the Real Vision. We, viewers, might have been spoiled by the RV but the "World on the Brink" so far has proven to be mostly a visual and not intellectual exercise.

  • WE

    William E.

    29 10 2017 15:31

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    My first of probably several short observations. If you were to give Golbalization an overall letter grade, it would be neither A nor F...... at best C+ or B-

  • HB

    Heini B.

    29 10 2017 07:37

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    This is a great new RV initiative, however RV was founded on giving a voice to non-main stream experts and these interviewees seem firmly established in defending the status quo. Understandably so as they are largely employed by the state, so it’s not in their interests to be revolutionaries. These are the same people who would defend QE and NIRP.
    This series sets a foundation for a new discussion theme; hopefully we can hear Kyle Bass, Hugh Hendry`s & Harald Malmgren thoughts on what they think will happen with the global power shifts. Harald can be compared to other retired Central Banks who, no longer directly influenced by the state, can be more open and honest.

  • CS

    C S.

    29 10 2017 06:52

    10       0

    Just some assorted thoughts. I apologise for the ramble in advance.

    A documentary format, a narrative woven by the host. Short clips or comments from the participating speakers. My personal preference is to long-form interviews. If each speaker had been interviewed for an hour each I would have found that more interesting.
    The production/cinematography was first class, nothing to be taken from Dee in that respect.
    I think it would be interesting to have an extended interview with Dee. He's traveled and spoken to a number of well connected people and must have other insights to share, as well as his own intuition and opinions on global issues. We could also hear about the nitty gritty of producing such a massive project.

    You have a biased sample of viewers here at RVTV Raoul. People, lay or not, with a financial bent (as well as a day job) are going to be plugged into current events. Most are likely to have strong opinions, one way or another. A program long on opinion, however seemingly well informed, is going to prompt opinion in return.

    I dont know about others but I will take myself as the median viewer. A man on the street if you will. Not an academic, researcher, or thought leader. My life, particularly the last 18 months has featured 2 prominent abstractions, on top of ordinary life:
    1) Running to stand still - in these times of financial repression - how and an what risks to take as a non-professional in the field of finance in order to defend my savings and protect my families future;
    2) The current state of governance and societal trends in the west - not an insignificant matter, even if your interest is purely financial (think Brexit and Trump). I've been in the trenches. It has been visceral and exhausting, and seemingly existential. I think most, whatever persuasion, know what I'm talking about. Judicial Watch is an interesting group to watch currently. Its seems our senior national lawmakers, administrators and commentators have not proven sufficient bulwark against what is being (apparently) revealed.

    Comments are going to have a high ratio of chaf to wheat ratio. Take the stuff that makes RVTV even better, the rest is best ignored.

    Now, having said all that, I'd be much obliged if someone could tell me how to go long cake..

    https://www.macakecompany.co.uk/

    Cheers.

  • DS

    Dan S.

    28 10 2017 23:59

    26       1

    As someone that has watched a few documentaries in my time I had the following observation. Generally I am very wary when a speaker is positioned in front of a large bookcase/library. This is often used as a 'prop' to try and reinforce the message that the person is very intelligent and should be listened to. The director has decided to turn the volume up to 11 on this one with some of personal libraries behind the speakers being the most extravagant I have seen on a documentary (I think one was multi storied!). This tactic might work with the masses but I would imagine the RV crowd would be very turned off by it.

  • KS

    Kevin S.

    28 10 2017 19:51

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    THE NEED FOR UNION BETWEEN THE PEOPLES OF THE EAST AND WEST
    Friday, October 20th
    In these days the East is in need of material progress and the West is in want of a spiritual idea. It would be well for the West to turn to the East for illumination, and to give in exchange its scientific knowledge. There must be this interchange of gifts.
    ‘ABDU’L‑BAHÁ said:
    In the past, as in the present, the Spiritual Sun of Truth has always shone from the horizon of the East.
    Abraham appeared in the East. In the East Moses arose to lead and teach the people. On the Eastern horizon arose the Lord Christ. Muḥammad was sent to an Eastern nation. The Báb arose in the Eastern land of Persia. Bahá’u’lláh lived and taught in the East. All the great Spiritual Teachers arose in the Eastern world. But although the Sun of Christ dawned in the East the radiance thereof was apparent in the West, where the effulgence of its glory was more clearly seen. The divine light of His Teaching shone with a greater force in the Western world, where it has made a more rapid headway than in the land of its birth.
    In these days the East is in need of material progress and the West is in want of a spiritual idea. It would be well for the West to turn to the East for illumination, and to give in exchange its scientific knowledge. There must be this interchange of gifts.
    The East and the West must unite to give to each other what is lacking. This union will bring about a true civilization, where the spiritual is expressed and carried out in the material.
    Receiving thus the one from the other the greatest harmony will prevail, all people will be united, a state of great perfection will be attained, there will be a firm cementing, and this world will become a shining mirror for the reflection of the attributes of God.
    We all, the Eastern with the Western nations, must strive day and night with heart and soul to achieve this high ideal, to cement the unity between all the nations of the earth. Every heart will then be refreshed, all eyes will be opened, the most wonderful power will be given, the happiness of humanity will be assured.
    We must pray that by the Bounty of God, Persia will be enabled to receive the material and mental civilization of the West, and by Divine Grace to give in return her spiritual light. The devoted energetic work of the united peoples, occidentals and orientals, will succeed in establishing this result, for the force of the Holy Spirit will aid them.
    The principles of the Teachings of Bahá’u’lláh should be carefully studied, one by one, until they are realized and understood by mind and heart—so will you become strong followers of the light, truly spiritual, heavenly soldiers of God, acquiring and spreading the true civilization in Persia, in Europe, and in the whole world.
    This will be the paradise which is to come on earth, when all mankind will be gathered together under the tent of unity in the Kingdom of Glory.

  • MS

    Matt S.

    28 10 2017 19:44

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    Gormless, Globalist, Left Wing Propaganda from the Council on Foreign Relations.

    I made notes as I went along, in no particular order and blurt them out here as I'm tired and going to bed soon:

    - Lazy, lazy director who shows white supremacists when talking of those unhappy with immigration - how about showing normal people, like me? A person who subscribes to Real Vision!

    - Funny how those who say immigration isn't a problem in the UK, always live in majority white areas, that most normal citizens will never be able to afford to live in. They never actually live amongst the mass immigrant communities, unless they are dyed-in-the-wool lefties.

    - That engineer guy from Cambridge University - immigrants always bring prosperity? Drinking the Kool-Aid pal! Go down to Streatham Job Centre (aka, the place to get free money and NOT a job) next time you've got a little holiday from Cambridge University... you'll be pleasantly surprised! Full to the brim of prosperity sucking, I mean giving, immigrants!

    - Globalism as a "means of preventing wars?" lololol........ wars are the foundation of banking profits! You think the CFR and friends actually want wars to end?? No way! They'll help to promote them in their own funny way for the rest of their existence!

    - "Nostalgia" - oh boy.......... Nostalgia for a time when Europe wasn't constantly under the threat of bombing by Muslim radicals... me and my rose-tinted glasses eh!

    - where these think-tank fools are going to trip up over themselves is their false belief that it's "older, more conservative" generations that can't accept change and that young people are totally cool with being displaced and replaced, man........ WRONG... Sebastian Kurz is living proof.

    - that CFR tool shot next to the graffiti, basically says "people are too stupid to really understand why their lives are so rotten now and so they just point to the most obvious signs, like fresh immigrants". This guy absolutely sums up the ivory tower echo chamberers these finely suited and booted fellows live in; Mr. CFR........ the people are becoming ever more aware that it is exactly the CFR and other quasi-legal, trans-national organizations that actually ARE the problem.

    The only reason I'll watch this series to completion, is that I hate leaving things half finished. That's it.

  • IZ

    Ileana Z.

    28 10 2017 19:27

    38       0

    After watching this segment and reading the heated comments below, I re-watched both parts. Clearly the people being interviewed are mostly part of this self appointed policy ruling class that irks many of us who believe in liberty and true free markets. The strong commentary reflects an overarching angst that any thoughtful person living through this time of accelerating change must be feeling. I for one can see the "american dream" that my parents were able to offer me by fleeing a communist country in 1961 becoming ever more elusive for my three children despite their extreme hard work, private education and elite university degrees. However, I do not wish to kill the messenger. I despise most of the liberal think tank holier than thow elitists that are featured in this series BUT I would rather hear what they have to say and gleen whatever I can to help me forge a path forward for myself and my family. These are the people making the rules, wheter we like it or not. So I for one appreciate RV giving me this opportunity to hear their thoughts at this moment. Keep your friends close, your enemies closer. But if RV is going to present the globalist positions that most of us are recoiling from then I expect an indepth analysis of actionable ideas for navigating safe passage towards the future. I wish things were different but they are what they are. With the wealth of thoughtful people in this RV community we need to think of how we preserve and grow our life savings and guide our families and businesses against this tide of corporate statism that is what it is. That is what we have come to expect from RVTV and I think your are up to the challenge.

  • SD

    S D.

    28 10 2017 17:24

    25       2

    Now I understand why this series is so incompetent. Dee Smith is a branded content guy. He is not a journalist.
    Wish I'd known, I would have adjusted my expectations.
    My objections are rooted in the professional weaknesses. It doesn't matter whether you're for globalisation or against it, it matters whether content is presented in a factual, credible, and honest manner.
    Branded content is not honest content, and thus it explains the partisanship.
    I agree with all those below who credit RealVision with doing what it does well, which is to produce useful and actionable financial information to those who want it and paid for it.
    Next time RealVision wants to produce dox on geopolitics, it should hire somebody who knows how to do that job, or risk compromising its established credibility in other areas.

  • JV

    JP V.

    28 10 2017 16:33

    26       1

    It's pretty clear that none of the speakers has been bothered a lot by immigration from boatloads of muslims. When you see that elderly persons and single women are forced out of there houses/appartments to "make room" for newly arrived "refugees" then I can assure you that you're thinking of immigration changes. And when 70% of those "refugees" don't bother to integrate or find jobs and live of welfare, it becomes obvious that they just want to receive all the goodies from our society without contributing the slightest. In several countries/cities in Europe you have no-go zones where the police doesn't even dare venture. Exploding crime numbers and rapes do not make you love your refugee more, quite the opposite in fact. Governments explaining that there's no more money to have a decent health care service but on the other hand spend billions on immigrants makes people think twice when they're in the poll booth. And yes, indeed, political parties that openly disagree with this way of handling the situation soar in the polls, understandable, no ?

  • JO

    James O.

    28 10 2017 16:33

    20       1

    I am all for "Truth in Finance and the Democratization of Financial information."

    This video was political, not financial. People who love the political views of Dee Smith, about 1/2 the populace, are likely to enjoy it. The other 1/2 not so much. As with most political pieces the arguments are shaped to try to denigrate the opposing political views. It's the looking down on voters that creates the negative emotion. If you don't agree with Dee you are clinging to a past that you are fanaticizing as being better than it was. You are supporting demagogues. You don't understand the historical benefits of globalism, if only USA was as smart as Germany, if only people would get educated, etc. etc.

    I respect Raoul's description of Dee as an immensely qualified individual. So is Al Gore. Partisan videos are not the sweet spot of RVTV.

  • SH

    Stu H.

    28 10 2017 12:03

    8       19

    I fail to see how intelligent and inquisitive people, the likes of which subscribe to services like Real Vision, could fail to be mentally stimulated by this documentary series. Enlightening, thought provoking and certainly not out of place on RVTV.

  • SR

    Steve R.

    28 10 2017 09:24

    7       23

    Well I don't care what anyone else thinks, never have done, never will do, so you can all save your 'down-arrows', I simply don't care.
    I love this series. I think it's brilliant! It's thought provoking, and shows some of the big picture issues facing the world today.
    Raoul's previous comment just nailed it perfectly - thanks for posting Raoul, some people seem to have an axe to grind, very sad.

  • Av

    Ad v.

    28 10 2017 09:11

    4       10

    I just have to facepalm at commenters calling this "propaganda" etc.

  • AH

    Andreas H.

    28 10 2017 08:26

    14       1

    I have not seen the video. I have a total different opinion then most people speaking in interviews, because they are mostly bearish and I am bullish and long stocks since 2011 (with a hedge in 2015). I would say I disagree with 90% of the views. BUT this is great to me, because, there are also people here, where I say, wow, this view I understand and I built it into my framework: Jawad Mian or J. Famy for example. AND: This makes me money!!! Because of RV I had a 600% Plus Bitcoin Trade this year (though I should not have sold, still the trade alone made 80k!). Jawad and Famy hold me in this market since Feb 2016. Needles to say, that I like Roal and all people who run RV a lot (even I just saw videos from). Real Vision is great. To get cracy, just because you do not like a video? Well, I have to say, then you did not get RV at all. Also this is not a good position to learn and to get better and to make money. Keep up the good work RV and do not get rattled, Do your thing! I like RV a lot!!!

  • JV

    Jason V.

    28 10 2017 08:17

    12       9

    Sharpen your knives, folks, but this was an intelligent, insightful, well-composed and articulate documentary capturing the manifold causes and current condition of the most serious issues affecting our globe. The irony for me is actually how uncontroversial the views presented were. They mostly represented the latest scientific understanding and current best theories underpinning the various fields of modern geopolitics. I know it's almost become a 'sport' to bash this series, but I would contend applying a little calmness, rationality and humility, as Dee Smith brings a depth of thinking and breadth of experience to this series that is highly impressive. I eagerly await the next episode. There you have it, let the knife flinging begin!

  • SB

    Stephen B.

    28 10 2017 06:00

    15       10

    Gave up on it half way through. Superficial at best. Globalist propaganda at worst. Exactly what we don't expect from RV. Come on guys, you can do much, much better than this!

  • js

    jacob s.

    28 10 2017 05:01

    8       1

    wages are flat because we went off the gold standard

    http://s3.amazonaws.com/sc_images/thumbnails/productivity-wages.png

  • MR

    Marten R.

    28 10 2017 01:13

    31       8

    Wow. This was amazingly terrible.
    Expected, given episode one, but I was surprised to the downside.... :(
    A comprehensive and complete misdiagnosis of 'the problem'.
    Globalisation is basically just a debt fuelled, centralisation of profit and socialisation of losses, facilitated by global fiat currency systems.
    The magnitude of socialised losses is growing. The penny is dropping. People are waking up and they don't like what they see.
    The social, political and other symptoms sighted in this series have monetary origins, yet I don't believe that either money or debt are being discussed to any great degree.
    To blame 'nostalgia' and question the human ability to remember things accurately is quite frankly insulting and embarrassing.
    This content has negative value RVTV.
    Perhaps it is therefore dis-content (?)...
    Subscribers are discontent with this dis-content... which is why they vehemently dis.. the content.
    Lift your game RVTV - this is crap and the high production cost of this series is a complete waste of money.

  • RP

    Raoul P.

    28 10 2017 00:38

    56       5

    Dear fellow Visionaries,

    Thank you for all your comments and debate about this documentary series. I always read every single comment and we always listen to what you say. We are here for you, after all.

    However, I think there is some incomplete information here that needs to be addressed...

    Real Vision has no political, economic or market view. We are conduits for others. We only seek truth in finance via open discussion of our guests. If they don't agree with us, or you, then that is not our concern. The concern is whether they are of the quality that Real Vision demands and we stand by the quality of our guests. The odd one slips through that is not good enough but Dee Smith is not one of those. Dee is an immensely high quality individual.

    When we interview people we mostly have no idea what their views are. We literally don't even think about it. Bulls, bears, communists, Libertararians, neo-Liberals, left-wing liberals, Fed lovers, Fed haters, Keynesians, Monetarist, Austrians, or anything else. All we care is whether they are smart enough and bring fresh perspectives. We never judge others for their views either. We leave judgement to those who have an agenda.

    Now, what is happening here is that you may not like our documentary and that is fine. We cant get everything right for you personally. But our data shows that the majority of our many, many thousands of subscribers have enjoyed it and engaged in watching it. Whether they agreed or not is not relevant. Our objective is to bring people to the debate and listen to those with opposing views.

    This documentary series is Dee's documentary series. We are just the conduit. We don't endorse or condone the content, except for the quality, which we are immensely proud of. We are learning how to make documentaries because that is a medium which is highly effective in our stated aim of democratizing financial information.

    By the way, I hadn't seen the series until it was released. That is how little concern I had as to whether I agreed or didn't agree with Dee's views. I honestly didn't care what Dee's view was but I damned well knew it was going to be interesting and well worth my time. I knew it would add to my knowledge base and make me think. That is what I care about. I also cared about whether we made a well made documentary and for our first one, Im pretty damned proud but flawless it isn't!

    You may not be aware that at the same time, we are making a documentary on the History of Gold, which to many of the more forthright commentators here will better suit their views. Again, the view of gold and its function in financial markets or the role of the Fed etc is not a Real Vision view. We don't have a view. Again, we are a conduit for views that should be heard.

    Over time, we will make many more programs, some you'll massively agree with, some you will think are too simplistic. Some you'll think don't cover the topic as you'd like. Some you'll hate. And that is all fair, but it is simply impossible for us to cover every aspect of peoples opinions in each program.We don't, and will not strive for that.

    And that is the key point, over time our content needs to, and does, show immense balance and thoughtfulness. One piece might be bullish, one bearish, they might come out in clusters that people are eager to spot a pattern from, but the reality is that there is no pattern. We made Edge of The Cliff but we are also making a piece on the bulls who got it right and why. One piece of content that you don't agree with doesn't make, or break, Real Vision's credibility, the body of our work does. Only you can be the judge of that, as each person is different.

    We are also not interested in your political views or market views. We love you all, regardless. What we are interested in is intelligent debate and discussion. We love it when people post links to contrary work or supportive pieces. We love suggestions to interview other people who have different views. We love constructive debate and discourse and treating people with intelligence and empathy. That adds to everyones knowledge.

    If you are looking for a Libertarian site, a neo-classical site, a left-wing site, a bearish site or a bullish, a cat-video site or whatever site then you'd come to the wrong place. We are not interested in confirmation bias. We are interested in bringing everything to the table, respectfully. We are interested in learning from all side of the equation.

    So, with that in mind, maybe even if you don't agree with Dee's view you might want to watch it, add to the debate and make this community richer for it.... but don't turn this into a diatribe because you don't agree. That is not what Real Vision is about.

    Feel free to love it, hate it or feel indifferent but please do not ever draw a conclusion that we have an agenda. We don't and never will.

    Truth in Finance and the Democratization of Financial information is all we stand for.

    Raoul
    CEO and CO-Founder, Real Vision

  • CR

    Chris R.

    28 10 2017 00:23

    2       0

    "On October 29, 2015, it was reported that the existing law would be changed to a two-child policy, citing a statement from the Communist Party of China. The new law became effective on January 1, 2016"

    According to wikipedia.org

  • pf

    patric f.

    28 10 2017 00:19

    13       1

    The quality and picture was stunning and there was a couple of valid points made that was interesting.

    What was most striking however was how far removed these people are from classical western thought, regular people and frankly sanity. Their point of view is so extereme I actually would choose Real racists over them with a gun to my head, I may even consider the unproblematic islamic way of life.

    As a post Berlin Wall main stream "liberal" it would be appropriate to reevaluate and listen to people outside their bubble instead of martingale and say absolute crap like "no one could have foreseen" and "there are no easy sollutions".

    Would be nice to see these sorts of resources handed to non mainstream people and stories

  • JH

    Joel H.

    27 10 2017 23:29

    11       7

    Embarrassing, childish, simplistic. For the first time I'm second guessing my subscription. Embarrassing.

  • TE

    Tito E.

    27 10 2017 23:09

    10       1

    Warning: The Adam Curtis (rip-off) styling of this documentary will not hide the fact that its a bunch of suits stating the bleedin' obvious. What does he Council on Foreign Relations do again? I only know about it from The Creature from Jekyll Island which made it sound like a nefarious master-organisation. Perhaps they're losing their touch.

  • OF

    Oliver F.

    27 10 2017 22:55

    20       1

    What I find so infuriating about this piece is the insistence that this is something that western countries MUST take upon themselves. Once we destroy our national identities we have little or no belonging, to believe countries like Japan, China and Russia will give up their national identities as the elites demand of us is absurd. Perhaps in due course we will be citizens of the world but that development isn't yet here and why the hell should we get pushed first? I loved the comment below regarding hubris, yes these career elites certainly look down their noses at us. Coming from New Zealand, our new government has promised to cut immigration drastically, not because we are fearful of the other, but because our nation realises that this trajectory is unsustainable.

  • KR

    Kelly R.

    27 10 2017 22:48

    7       1

    Disappointing...and with a trailer to boot?

  • CE

    Carol E.

    27 10 2017 21:17

    4       2

    BORING!

  • sm

    stephen m.

    27 10 2017 21:02

    4       0

    while I did not learn much of anything I can still find these enjoyable to listen too as a bedtime activity. My bigger disappointment is I don't want these to take from the at minimum 1 or 2 videos of someone who follows a framework of 1 here is what I am saying 2 here is why it is important and 3 here is how it effects your investment portfolio. To either protect or grow your wealth. And here is what I am doing.

    Globalization has its good and bad some love it some hate it. But it has made me lots of money. Yes driven by technology. It's more a winner take all business model. Why don't we discuss. The global companies are drastically outperforming in the markets. It is easy to,say fang stocks are overvalued. But you cannot deny they are taking huge profits from everyone from ad agencies to Telecom companies to bricks and mortar. They are growing at rates on big numbers that we have never seen in history. That's a more interesting discussion. Having someone who as a consultant is paid to talk big picture is quite different than someone who identifies and investment theme that is very well thought out with recommendations on how to play it is hard to find on a consistent basis. Hopefully realvision can conquer this equation it's not easy. Feels,like a lot more videos have nmdiscission on my investments and that's not to say they are not interstinf but there needs to be a balance

  • MF

    Martin F.

    27 10 2017 21:01

    13       0

    Bring back the punk from the homepage! Be controversial again. That's what we are here for. That stuff can be found everywhere.

  • SS

    Steven S.

    27 10 2017 20:53

    14       3

    Dee Smith really needs to get Chris Martenson & Adam Taggart of PeakProsperity & their primary message into this series......their focus on post-peak resource management in a finite resource based world is really missing from this thought piece, but also from global economics in general.
    Globalization has fuelled psychopathic corporations' hunger for greater returns - and investors in these firms are equally responsible. It's now the financialization of everything - putting nature's balance into greater harm, all for FIAT confetti profits that economic history tells us will soon be worth nothing...

    Limitless Globalization only truly works in a world with infinite resources.

    Capitalism with infinite FIAT money & infinite credit creation has failed us & all sentient life on this planet with no voice to confront our recklessness.

    Want some examples?:
    -MonsantoPapers/glyphosate revelations,
    - industrialized farming practices in general both cash crop & our evil animal husbandry practices,
    -CRISPR cas9 & the future patenting of all genetics,
    -pharmaceutical industries carte blanche addiction agenda,
    -the Rusty-back bumblebee (N.A. important pollinator) is on the endangered species list,
    -a 27-year German study just released found the amount of insects flying in the air has declined 75% -those of us with at least 20 plus years of rural windshield cleaning driving experience know this to be true,
    -countless animal species facing critical extinction,
    -plastic and other toxic pollutants dumped in the environment & food chain
    -Global Liberalism having the egoic tenacity of taking on unique societies innate tribalism

    There are too many examples to list - but when profits are truly at risk we can trust our governments will whip up war & conflict as the neocon solution, which only exacerbates everything listed above. The true measure of wealth is a measure of the sustainability of our natural environment -period.

    We are nature - and we are at war with ourselves and our true identity. William Butler Yeats is turning in his grave.

  • TD

    Tom D.

    27 10 2017 20:50

    44       2

    This series is borderline evil. If this is the product of our modern day universities and think tanks, it is terrifying. The hubris is so thick it almost drowns out their subtle, ad hominem attacks on the sovereign individual and on all the wonderful and diverse cultures on our beautiful planet. These academics are either clueless or wicked; yet, they have the audacity to indirectly impugn anyone that doesn’t agree with their false narrative that recommends we downgrade the world to some sort of vague ordinariness.

    The Danes must learn to give up their monolithic culture and welcome Sharia law? Is he serious? All the problems these people have created are now our problem and our fault? The threat is Islam is only perceived? It is our failure to remember the reality of our own inferior cultures? Our culture is not really as good as we remember? Being nostalgic equals extremism? We are only fooling ourselves?

    The immigrant argument is totally bogus. Yes, we are a nation of immigrants, but we never had open borders; we vetted and had established rules. We let in those who loved our country, who respected our laws, and swore allegiance to the flag and our constitution. Today we are overrun with La Raza (Mexican racists), who hate us and want to annex the southwest to Mexico. Look at the rise of MS-13; look at what the Muslims are doing in Europe. How can we just accept these illegal immigrants to integrate and form a new global culture in the USA, as a policy we should embrace and follow?

    The globalists are advocating a mediocre world culture and a reduced standard of living in the West. These goals satisfy no one in the West. It is wishful, maybe deceitful, thinking that has already caused continuous in-fighting; but hooray for globalism (!); we would be well-fed (yea!) zombie hi-tech citizens (IPhones for all, triple yea!). In such a dream utopia, there would be no ability to freely express and actually live one’s own culture. Even now, you are called a racist for admiring George Washington.

    The whole idea of globalism is sickening, authoritarian, and insulting. This kind of one world mindset is eerily similar to the cold, matter-based philosophies in Moscow (dialectical materialism) and Berlin (master global elite) in the first half of the 20th century and led to the death of millions. The globalist argument is devoid of spirit, truth, freedom, and love, analogous to the worldly vision of tyrants.

  • SW

    Scott W.

    27 10 2017 20:45

    16       0

    There's some moronic stuff in here. If not beholden to PC leftist treacle a thinking man surmises that rather than being simply anti-immigration, a nontrivial number of folks both in Europe and the US are anti-MASS illegal immigration - of persons unskilled and uneducated - and therefore drains upon societal services. Neither Europe nor US are truly free-market. These are welfare states and that must factor into the calculus. In addition these same folks object to the arrival of adherents to a believe system, largely unchanged since the 700s, which explicitly stipulates these adherents kill non-adherents of said belief system. This thinking man also concludes there are generally negligible quantities of nazis and klansmen on either continent, and that the facile "but immigration is good, not every muslim is a terroist" tone of the intellectual patsies in this video misses the mark.

  • WP

    William P.

    27 10 2017 20:41

    17       0

    Omg - what a waste. Disappointing. Not even interesting. Sweeping generalizations. Ivory Tower much? Good god - let’s see what financialization and the technocrats have wrought if Bass, Stockman, et al. are even remotely close to right.

  • VS

    Victor S.

    27 10 2017 20:25

    27       1

    This is a massive propaganda commercial for Globalism. Unlike Real Vision TV its all one sided??? I truly detest these two episode's as they don't allow a retort. I'm sure the Rockefeller and Rothschild family loves it . The worst of anything you've shown. Victor sperandeo

  • VS

    Victor S.

    27 10 2017 20:25

    7       0

    This is a massive propaganda commercial for Globalism. Unlike Real Vision TV its all one sided??? I truly detest these two episode's as they don't allow a retort. I'm sure the Rockefeller and Rothschild family loves it . The worst of anything you've shown. Victor sperandeo

  • SD

    S D.

    27 10 2017 20:12

    14       1

    Propaganda.

  • SD

    S D.

    27 10 2017 20:10

    34       0

    It also strikes me as entirely pointless to justify globalisation by the creation of a Chinese middle class, since that middle class was stolen from the United States, and has now enabled the first credible military and economic challenge to the United States. If you're looking for evidence of the failure of globalisation as the word is currently defined by the corporate and political class, that fact should take pride of place.

    Secondly, this endless stream of privileged and ignorant fools describing Brexit as an expression of racism were never challenged by the far more accurate description of it as a protest vote against a form of tyranny by unelected officialdom in Brussels, which is intent upon the destruction of a sovereign state. Nobody who's ever lived in the UK could ever claim it's a racist country. It is, however, a patriotic country, with a strong sense of identity that clearly poses a challenge to the determinedly beige uniformity preferred by those entirely dependent upon corporate and shareholder wealth. Much easier just to claim that referendums should never be allowed.

  • MT

    Michael T.

    27 10 2017 20:08

    7       14

    Super interesting series- and your sound and music guy is doing a great job :)

  • Sv

    Sid v.

    27 10 2017 20:07

    19       0

    Too much economic reduction-ism. Nations are built on culture. Too much immigration of people of foreign culture causes, and has always caused, great problems. Immigration is ok when the new people are able to assimilate, but when the immigrants are so many that they do not assimilate, it causes a tearing of the fabric of society, those cultural norms that hold society together.
    But, interesting, and better than the first episode, it is very BBCish. Not particularly helpful.

  • SD

    S D.

    27 10 2017 20:02

    34       0

    The objective of a documentary series like this should, as a baseline, be a commitment to diversity of thought and opinion in an attempt to establish truth, or some version of it. I'm curious what the objective is of this series, apart from an attempt by the people who run RealVision to dabble in geopolitics and documentary production in an effort to shore up their own prejudices. There is nobody in this hour who represents an alternative point of view. Not a single voice. As such, this hour is a total waste of time, and RealVision discredits itself by persisting with the series.

  • FB

    Fernando B.

    27 10 2017 19:52

    2       12

    Worth the wait.
    Thank you

  • PH

    Phil H.

    27 10 2017 19:23

    17       0

    This is material everyone of us has seen multiple times and years ago on mainstream media. Where are the Stephen Diggles, Peter Brigers, Ben Melkmans, Ed Eislers that Real Vision used to get for in depth interviews rather than superficial coverage of catchy mainstream topics?

  • VP

    Vincent P.

    27 10 2017 19:11

    0       0

    Um, better!!! Thank you! China story is amazing but what would it take (if anything), to break down the wall of debt??? Forget QT, so, nothing to see here other than explosive asset values in perpetuity. Have a nice day!

  • SC

    Shane C.

    27 10 2017 18:55

    11       0

    It is shocking how wrong these people are. Automation to one degree or another has been around for 6 decades. If you guys want an authority and the truth check out Alfred E. Eckes Jr. book called opening of America's markets: U.S. trade policy since 1776. He's a long time state department guy who was around when we developed the post Bretton Woods trade system. He knows exactly what our trade policy is. I first discovered him a few years back at a free trade debate at Hillsdale College. I am willing to debate anyone that America, Great Britain, Spain, etc. became superpowers with protectionist measures. See what happened to England when they abandoned the corn laws. Free trade (as we think of it now) sowed the seeds of England's downfall (at least the end of their dominance economically.) It was now an American economy with Germany not far behind. See "A companion to 19th century Britain." Explains this to a T. You will be shocked with the modern parallels between the US now and England during the corn law repeal debates. Seriously

  • TK

    Thomas K.

    27 10 2017 18:47

    21       1

    The new style of this piece is just distracting. Give me an interview or think piece like RVTV used to do any time over this. This is the sort of stuff everyone else does, RVTV used to be different.

    Please get George Friedman on to give an alternative view on China's geopolitical imperatives.

  • CM

    C M.

    27 10 2017 17:13

    38       1

    It is all well and jolly to quote Ricardo and point to the rise of China, but tell that to the middle of the US that has been hollowed out with manufacturing being replaced with an opioid crisis. As per usual, no one who has suffered the consequences is interviewed -- only know-it-all think tank ding-dongs pontificating whilst sipping their cappuccinos. This is pure globalist/CFR claptrap.

  • AL

    Andrew L.

    27 10 2017 16:27

    58       5

    Apparently we are to let the brave new world dictated to us by large corporations (overlords), globalized media (propaganda) and globalist geopolitical agendas (neo-colonialism) just wash over us and take it all with a smile. To quote Christian Michel from the video, "...the concepts of borders, ethnicities, and so on. That is reappearing, that is the real threat." As a good brit might say, bullocks! (See it's nice to have distinct cultures you get wonderful diversity of swear words. Thank you British culture for being undeniably British!)

    To my mind that quote was one of the most terrifying things I think I have heard in quite a while. It is akin the the world view of Stalin or Mao, to deny and do away with culture and ethnicity as a going concern. Forward Soviet! Well that didn't work out so well. A straw man of globalization as a warm fuzzy beneficent force in history is held up of the tomato making it's way to Italy and then becoming synonymous with the idea of classic Italian culture. Well this is all fine and good except for the fact that you're still talking about an actual distinct people with distinct history culture and actual identity, not this kind of Facebook social network identity through media consumption.

    The straw man of the beneficial influence of different cultures is not the issue. Everyone appreciates the interplay of various cultures. The issue is what people like Christian Michel identify as the problem and what they may see fit to do about it. It is the denial of the validity of culture, borders, nationality, actual identity, ultimately sovereignty and their sacrifice on the altars of fluid, dynamic changing times and identity culture which is actually all about destroying any sense of a stable identity. All of which is not being promoted because it is some liberal idealistic dream of what is right and fair. This is an intentional atomization of individuals and destabilization of the people of the world that benefits those in power, those that would love to take more money and land and resources and the force of human labour to their own goals.

    I don't believe a word was spoken of the obscene redistribution of wealth from the middle class to a minor fraction of a minor fraction of the population. What is it about the world today that prevents us from having a strong middle class?

    When it comes to immigration If you actually wanted to help those people you might ask where is all this diaspora in the world coming from, what is causing it? Well that thinking is verboten! It is not a matter of debate because of course we had nothing to do with it, right, right?

    Mexico is close to being a failed narco-terroist state. That was accomplished by a small minority of the population but it means there is essentially no rule of law. This did not happen in a vacuum. The CIA picked a winning side, they have a history of trafficking in drugs and weapons, money laundering, overthrowing governments, they have a history of manipulating the domestic media. Large banks get away with laundering cartel money with a slap on the wrist and Carlos Slim is one of the richest men in the world who owns the NY Times and we just act like all this doesn't exist or is not connected this is not all connected?

    There is a twisted monstrosity trampling the world right now that nobody is talking about. It is the alignment of massive corporations and the government connected by a revolving door. The handmaids of this system are also fundamentally a product of this system and that is the media and the intelligence agencies along with the military industrial complex. It is a dynamic that has always been with humanity in one form or another, it is the fundamental matrix of "world order." That order is best described as neo-colonialism.

    Syria is a perfect example of how it all works. There are geo-pollitical reasons that the government and military will cite for wanting to overthrow the governments of the middle-east. They will use propaganda through the media to justify and hide what is going on. The corporations make a killing off the contracts and lo-and-behold the geopolitical advantage we seek is to have control a pipeline that benefits the west as opposed to Russia and its affiliates. How convenient for the Oil and Gas industry that they have all these forces arrayed to hand over a new business opportunity. This is also convenient for European countries that Russia has figuratively over a barrel when it comes to energy. So we fund the opposition forces, that happen to be Isis who the CIA is accused of having created and weapons are shipped from the west and handed over to the opposition. A successful, largely modern society is destroyed with a modern largely secular government to be deposed by the most hated evil fundamentalist organization in the world. Makes sense right? Thankfully we have a very complacent media and government that is happy to stick to acceptable talking points so we don't get uppity about it. Well if you stand to profit from it all then yes it does make sense. The diaspora heads west and many find their way to Europe. The leadership of the EU sees an opportunity to possibly gain a more friendly source of energy and new peasants to fill the ranks before a demographic catastrophe happens.

    I don't think someone who is paid by these people will give you that perspective. The lackeys of the large corporations, government think tanks and media commentators are not going to bite the hand that feeds them. They also would not have the positions they have without somehow misunderstanding this system or agreeing with it. These are the people that get funded, including Mr Smith who I'm sure goes to Washington frequently for his CFR meetings.

  • IH

    Iain H.

    27 10 2017 16:07

    10       0

    I don't feel like I have learn't anything new from this series yet. The one speaker I felt did get the cause of dissatisfaction with globalisation was Edward Alan and his thesis on economic dissatisfaction and blaming globalisation. I don't think you can complete this topic without drawing in the actions of Central Banks and their role in inequality.

  • T~

    Tshort63 ~.

    27 10 2017 14:41

    13       44

    This a fantastic new series. Broadening the scope of insight into global social, political, and historical drivers is an excellent backdrop of context. An excellent framework for navigating uncertain times.

    Keep up the great work @realvision!