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The Aftermath Project by Manuel Castells and Bregtje van der Haak provides a social and cultural analysis of the crisis, to add to the prevailing economic and financial arguments. It develops the idea that the crisis was the result of the same sources that led to the rise of global financial capitalism (deregulation of financial markets, greed and consumerism). These root causes have not been tackled and saving the banks with public money has induced a budget crisis, ultimately leading to a shrinking welfare state and a social crisis. As a result of growing insecurity and fear, people are reacting both with anger and with alternative projects of hope. This documentary provides a closer look at the social consequences of the crisis and wants to open up a space for dialogue and debate on life beyond the crisis.

 


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