12.07.2009

If You Can’t Change the System, Make Your Own

FileThetake2004After the Argentine government privatized nearly all aspects of life, including the street signs, there was a brief boom-time of rampant capitalism. Then the economy crashed, the President was exiled, and the Middle-Class disappeared.

With suburban Buenos Aires now looking like some Sci-fi dystopian city, thirty unemployed auto-parts workers decide to walk into their idle factory, roll out sleeping mats, and refuse to leave.

All they want is to re-start the silent machines. In this 2004 documentary, The Take, director Avi Lewis, one of Canada's most outspoken journalists, and writer Naomi Klein, author of the international bestseller No Logo, champion a radical economic manifesto for the 21st century. But what shines through in the film is the simple drama of workers' lives and their struggle: the demand for dignity and the searing injustice of dignity denied.

Also see the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

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