Saturday, 2 March 2013

POLS 208 Democracy Video Screenings 2014

POLS 208 Democracy Video Screenings

Video Documentaries

• Blade Runner - Opening Scene
• Matrix Trailer HD (1999)
• BSG The Final Battle

• A two minute introduction to Athenian democracy that correctly emphasises that it was a direct particiaptory form of democracy. 
A brief introduction to the central features of Athenian democracy.
An informative brief introduction to the central features of Athenian democracy by
Professor Jeffrey Rusten from Cornell University in the United States.

A useful and informative introduction to the central features of Athenian democracy. 

• Athens – Dawn of Democracy Part 1 & 2
This is less useful than the previous videos and is misleading in some important respects, but at least it does give you a sense of the geographical setting and the built environment of the ancient Greeks.

• The Expansion of the Roman Empire 

• The English Civil Wars
Although produced way back in 1992 this is a better video documentary than anything I've seen that has been uploaded to the internet. It is available in VHS format in the AV section of the university library.
  • Location:Dn: Central Library: AV Services: Videocassettes
  • Call Number: O98998  

Causes of the English Civil Wars, The Trial of Charles 1st.
These short videos are worth looking at for the background and the trial of the King.

• The French Revolution
This video is not entirely accurate but it is mildy amusing and contains some useful visual material.

A much better video documentary (around 30 minutes in length), is presented by the middle-of-the road academic historian Gwynne Lewis. Unfortunately it is not available online, but it can be consulted in the AV section of the library or purchsed as a DVD.

The title is: The French Revolution.
The call number is O95138
The Otago library link is: 

• US Constitution and Bill of Rights – 097616 (two videos, the first is on the Constitution and system of government; the second focuses on the Bill of Rights). 50 minutes each. Both boring but very useful provide useful descriptions of the US system of government by conservative American political science academics.

The title is:
The United States Constitution The United States Bill of Rights and Constitutional Amendments
The call number is O97616
The Otago library link is:

Milton Friedman - Redistribution of Wealth
Chicago and monetarist economist, Milton Friedman, providing a neoliberal justification of the unequal distribution of wealth in advanced capitalist societies. 

Hayek on Socialism
Friedrich von Hayek providing a brief critique of socialism. 

David Harvey on the Global Financial Crisis and Crises of Capitalism.
Animation of David Harvey providing a 10 minute oral outline of the Marxist analysis of capitalist economic crises. 

•  Climate Change and Capitalism
• To access the 2014 major assessment report (AR5) by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), go to:

If you want to download the most important graphs and figures then go to:

• To access the 2007 major assessment report (AR4) by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 
go to: 

• Video showing thinning of Greenland polar ice based on international study using satellite data and photographs from the University of Leeds website. 

See also the British channel 4 news report on the study (2012) at: 

• Very interesting report on the 'carbon bubble' on the Guardian website. Highlights which stock exchange listed companies have the greatest carbon assets and the financial risks that they face if these assets become unburnable due to the introduction of more effective environmental policies addressing the causes of climate change. This also indicates just how powerfully motivated these companies are to lobby governments to prevent them introducting more effective environmental policies to counter global warming. 

• John Bellamy Foster gives lecture on capitalism and climate change. 

•  The Russian Revolution

The most accurate video documentary on the Russian Revolution that I have been able to find on Youtube is in three parts at:
The Russian Revolution - Part 1
The Russian Revolution - Part 2
The Russian Revolution - Part 3 

•  Comparative Data on Democratisation- Polity IV and Freedom House
These are US research institutes sponsored by the US Government, including the C.I.A, and accordingly some of the assessments are biased, for example, South Korea is designated as being 'free' while Venezuela is only 'partly free'. Nonetheless, the data provided by Polity IV and Freedom House does give an indication of the growing global spread of representative democracy. 

• The Centre for Reponsive Politics provides lots of interesting and useful data on the American political system, especially on how business exerts disproportionate influence. 

Comparative Statistics on Gender Inequality
• UN Women provides lots of interesting and useful comparative data on gender inequality and women's participation in government. 

The most recent (2011) Progress of Women report can be downloaded from: 

The World's Women 2010: Trends and Statistics can be downloaded from: 

David Held interviewed on globalisation, democracy, and the need for reform of the global order during the 21st century
Very interesting eight minute interview.

Videos on the Global Justice and Occupy Movements
• Dystopian Futures- A Compilation of Dystopic Sci Fi 

Showdown in Seattle- 'This is what democracy looks like'. Part V of the Indy Media documentary on the global justice protests that successfully shutdown the millenium round of the WTO at the end of 1999. This sparked the dramatic growth of the global justice movement during the first half of the 2000s.

Occupy Wall Street Video: Global Day of Action, 15OCT 
Six minute video focusing on the protests of Occupy New York.
The Guardian: Occupy Protests Mapped Around The World

The Guardian: Images of the World Social Forum 2013 in Tunis

• A Twenty Year Programme of Neoliberal Fiscal Austerity?
British Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood, said in 2013 that the cuts pushed through by the Coalition did not go nearly far enough. He said that there was a “very long way to go” and added: “This is not a two-year project or a five-year project. This is a 10-year project, a 20-year generational battle to beef up the economy in ways that we have not seen for many, many decades.”

Music Videos- Selected from a Wide Range of Alternative Music Genres

• First Aid Kit - Ghost Town
• First Aid Kit - Emmylou
• The Go! Team - Doing it Right (Live)
•Palma Violets - Best of Friends (Official Video)
Palma Violets - Best of Friends (Official Video) - YouTube
Rogue Wave - Everyday
Fleet Foxes - Grown Ocean
Cat Power - Lived in Bars 
Belle & Sebastian - I Want the World to Stop
• Bjork- Hyperballad (Live) 
• The Head and the Heart - Rivers and Roads (Doe Bay Sessions)
• The Clash - London Calling
• PJ Harvey -  Good Fortune
• The Jam - That's Entertainment 
• The Bats - North by North 
• The Decemberists – Rise to Me 
• Death Cab for Cutie – Brothers on a Hotel Bed 
• Lou Barlow – Legendary 
• Snapper - Buddy 
• The 3ds - Outer Space 
• The Pixes - This Monkey's Gone to Heaven 
• Pavement - Here 
Okkervil River - Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe 
Jimi Hendrix - Star Spangled Banner (Woodstock 1969) 
Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit (Woodstock 1969). 
• Rhian Sheehan & Jess Chambers (vocals) - Sunshine 
• Suuns - 2020 
• Gillian Welch & David Rawlings -BBC4 Sessions- Look At Miss Ohio
• Sonic Youth - Kool Thing
• Mount Kimbie - Carbonated 
• Tiki and Pdigsss - Faded 
• The Veils - Turn From The Rain - Live at Abbey Road 
• The Veils -The Letter 
 • The Veils - The Pearl - Live at Abbey Road 
• Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit 
• The Shins - Pink Bullets
Fly My Pretties - Garden 
Fly My Pretties - Lie in the Land
• Procol Harum - Whiter Shade of Pale

The Velvet Underground - Sunday Morning 
Sharon Van Etten - Tell Me
Sharon Van Etten - One Day
Of Monsters and Men - Mountain Song
Of Monsters and Men are from Iceland. As a New Zealander, or more accurately a person inhabiting this nationalist entity called 'New Zealand', among other things, a set of islands surrounded by a lot of water, I seem predisposed to like music from Iceland - another small country, also surrounded by lots of water. Geographical isolation has all sorts of disadvantages but it can also help to foster creativity and originality. Generally I like music best that doesn't make money but that is artistically interesting and provides soul food for all who listen. Nonetheless, although Of Monsters and Men are a bit too poppy and commercially successful for my tastes, I find myself liking this song and video quite a lot.
• Bats for Lashes - What's A Girl to Do?
Damien Jurado - Museum of Flight 
• Portishead- Roads (Live in New York)  
First Aid Kit- New Year's Eve 
Of Monsters and Men- Little Talks
• The Pheonix Foundation - Gone Fishing
• Die Die Die - Sideways Here We Come
• Broken Social Scene - Meet Me In The Basement

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