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Democracy: The Basics (3 Parts)

Synopsis
A three-part series, containing contemporary footage from around the world, archival art works and photographs. The programmes are sold separately and the scripts are available free on the Hawkhill website http://www.hawkhill.com/

Part 1 CAPITALISM AND DEMOCRACY - Capitalism, like democracy, seems often to be under siege today. This vivid and controversial programme explains how capitalism is necessary for democracy, but not sufficient. In two sections: 1) explores the origins of capitalism and democracy; 2) explains the connections of capitalism and democracy today and the prospects for tomorrow.

Part 2 RELIGION AND DEMOCRACY - Radical Islam is currently attacking democracy. The Christian World for the most part is democratic today. The programme explains how religions have helped and hindered the paths to democracy in the past and and in the present. The programme traces the early history of how both religion and democracy began in tribal societies on all continents. It stresses the importance of enduring ideas of western civilization that first arose in Greece, in Rome and in the Judeo-Christian tradition.It explains how these ideas were profoundly modified in the western world’s Renaissance, Reformation and Enlightenment and why this history is so important today.

Part 3 SCIENCE AND DEMOCRACY - One of democracy’s most important allies is science. This programme explains how science (like capitalism and religion) is necessary for democracy but not sufficient. It traces the early history of both science and democracy in tribal societies on all continents. It stresses the importance of the western world’s Renaissance, Reformation and Enlightenment when modern experimental science was born and explains why this is so important and so often misunderstood today.
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
2009
Subjects
Philosophy; Politics & government
Keywords
capitalism; democracy; philosophy of science; religious belief and practice

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 1
Price
$109 each part
Availability
Sale
Year
2009

Distributor

Name

Hawkhill Associates Inc

Email
hawkhill@home.com
Web
http://www.hawkhill.com External site opens in new window
Fax
+1 608 251 3924
Address
125 East Gilman Street
Madison
WI 53701-1029
USA

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