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The power of the poor

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Filmed on location from Latin America to Africa, The Power of the Poor was produced with the intention of showing how free markets, individual freedom and especially the right to property can transform the poor into the most powerful resource in the world. At its heart is the potential triumph of capitalism as a system.

To the majority of those who watch television in the developed world, at least until the 2008 financial and economic crisis, there didn’t seem to be a better system on earth than the capitalist system. We were experiencing the longest economic expansion in modern history. Soviet Communism had been defeated.

The Power of the Poor producers tried to demonstrate that capitalism is surprisingly vulnerable. The moment of capitalism’s greatest triumph was, in fact, the moment of its greatest crisis, its Moment of Truth. In fact, capitalism is not working for the vast majority of humanity that lives on the planet.

Two thirds of the world’s population has been locked out of the global economy, forced to operate outside the rule of law, have no legal identity, no credit, no capital, and thus no way to prosper. To unlock  The Power of the Poor is to change the world. If we fail, these people will turn against capitalism as they have turned against other failed economic systems, and that could make for a very difficult, violent time.

«The Power of the Poor» came to PBS October 8, 2009. For more videos, information, or to buy the DVD visit:

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