Videos from Kyklos Productions

TV Presentations and Stage Plays

I. TV Talks & Interviews

Portugal Exits the IMF But No Change in Austerity
Russia TV, May 19, 2014 (52 sec)

Dr. Jack Rasmus explains how Portugal's announced exit from IMF borrowing results in no effect on the real Portuguese economy. Austerity policies for Portugal households continue. Having declined 0.7% in the first quarter 2014, GDP will continue to stagnate or fall, and unemployment, already officially 16%, will continue and deflation will deepen. 300,000 portuguese having left the country will not likely return anytime soon, Jack notes, as the Eurozone economy itself continues its drift to stagnation.

The US Congress' 2013 Budget (Mis)Deal
Other Voices TV
January 9, 2014 (58 min 25 sec)

Dr. Jack Rasmus On Latest US Budget-Austerity Deal.

Jack Rasmus is interviewed by host, Paul George, as guest on the TV show, Other Voices, and explains in detail the terms of the US Congress December 2013 budget deal. Defense spending remains untouched while pensions, unemployment benefits and food stamps are cut, contrary to the various 'spin' reports in the press. Austerity American Style is explained, contrasted to European versions. Dr. Rasmus predicts big corporate tax cuts coming after the November 2014 midterm national elections in the US, explains his idea of 'epic' recession which forecasts continued long term US 'stop-go' recovery, and explains how the $15-$20 trillion Federal Reserve bank-investor bailout under departing chairman, Ben Bernanke, has left the rest of the US economy still struggling.

Jack Rasmus Interviewed on Federal Reserve's 100th Anniversary
and The Global Money Parade
December 24, 2013 (9 min 31 sec)

Jack is interviewed by Russia TV on the origins of the US Federal Reserve and its primary function of bailing out the banks.

Jack explains how the recent bailout of banks by the Fed amounts to over $10 trillion, plus another $4 trillion in quantitative easing funneled by the Fed to very wealthy investors with bad mortgage loans. Jack explains how the Fed was borne in the same crisis, in 1907-08, when another financial crash and epic recession that followed led to the formation of the Federal Reserve. He explains his concept of the global money parade and why bank-investor bailouts lead to financial speculation and bubbles and not a sustained recovery of the real economy.

Russia TV Interviews Jack Rasmus on the Cyprus Crisis
April 12, 2013 (4 min 5 sec)

Jack gives an update on the continuing economic crisis in Cyprus.

Jack explains why the crisis will get worse, and why the contagion will inevitably spread to other weak link banking systems in the Eurozone and UK. Cyprus represents the move of policymakers to more desperate measures to bail out bankers, beyond and in addition to QE and Austerity policies. All depositors in banks are at risk of having their savings 'expropriated' by special taxes to bail out banks who cause the crisis in the first place. Jack notes that the US and the UK have already been in discussions for months to 'tax depositors' when the next banking crisis hits the US-UK.

Why Social Security & Medicare Are NOT in Crisis
Feb. 28, 2013 (36 min 13 sec)

Dr. Jack Rasmus Presentation to the Progressive Democrats of America, San Francisco

Jack Rasmus exposes the lies perpetrated by Politicians and Media about the financial state of Social Security and Medicare today. He offers alternative small tax changes that would instead lower the retirement age, increase retirement benefits, fully fund Medicare Part B and D, and create a surplus to pay for Medicare for All (Universal, Single Payer Health Care). He explains how neither of these programs, nor the country itself, are broke but that trillions of dollars are instead being hoarded by the rich and corporations, who are trying to make retirees pay for the economic crisis and deficits created by the wealthy.

Dr. Jack Rasmus interviews with Russia TV on the US and Global Economy
February 22, 2013 (4 min 12 sec)

Jack is interviewed on the Moody's Inc. downgrade of the UK economy and what it means going forward for the UK and globally.

Other Voices TV, Where's the US Economy Headed?
Dr. Jack Rasmus is Interviewed by Host, Paul George,
Palo Alto, Calif., February 5, 2013 (52 min 56 sec)

Jack discusses the recent fiscal cliff deficit events and the upcoming further deadlines in Washington for more spending cuts on March 1, May 18, and after. The real causes of deficits and the debt and real situation concerning Medicare and Social Security are also discussed. Dr. Rasmus explains the recent very soft US economy GDP performance at the end of 2012, and why the very slow growth will likely continue. Jack notes his prediction of the past 18 months that the US and global economies in 2013 are drawing nearer to a double dip recession.

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Interview with Paul George, Peninsula Peace & Justice Community TV
Jack Rasmus Discusses the Coming Double Dip Recession and Euro Debt Crisis, Palo Alto, Calif., September 6, 2011 (57 min 59 sec)

Jack is interviewed by TV host, Paul George, on whether the US economy will slip into another 'double dip' recession, and the status of jobs and other US economic indicators, which he predicts will result in a double dip in 2012 or 2013. Jack also discusses the growing debt crisis in Europe, now morphing into a bank crisis there, and its possible impact on the U.S. economy in the months ahead.

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Why Is There No Recovery for Main Street?
A Talk Sponsored by the Peninsula Peace and Action Committee, Palo Alto, Calif., April 28, 2011 (1 hr 13 min 2 sec)

Jack explains why the Obama 'Recovery' of the past two years has benefited banks, corporations, and the wealthiest households but not workers, homeowners, and the rest of us. Click on the TV to view this.

He provides economic detail why Obama fiscal stimulus has not worked and why the Federal Reserve's monetary policies of QE1 and QE2 have benefited the stock market, global commodity speculators, and wealthy investors. There has been no jobs program or recovery, home foreclosures continue to rise, and States and Cities are cutting jobs and services. He warns of the coming right wing attack on social security, medicare and medicaid as the next corporate driven offensive and more tax cuts for corporations and the rich.

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An Alternative Program for Economic Recovery
A Presentation to Teamsters Local 808 in New York City,
March 19, 2011 (46 min 17 sec)

Jack talks to the Teamsters Membership About What Programs Are Necessary for Recovery for All. Click on the TV to view this.

He lays out specific proposals for creating jobs, saving homeowners from foreclosure, solving the fiscal crisis of states and cities, and the deficit that are not being discussed by Democrats and Republican politicians. He stresses it's time to take action, and not just more talk.

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Jack Rasmus explains his new book, 'Epic Recession', and future
predictions for the economy
A Presentation to the Alameda Public Affairs Forum,
June 12, 2010 (1 hr 10 min 43 seconds)

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Jack provides a full overview of his recent book, EPIC RECESSION: PRELUDE TO GLOBAL DEPRESSION, summarizing his predictions for 2010 and to come in 2011-13. An Epic Recession is not a normal recession and may yet descend into global depression. The emerging double dip confirms another step on the latter trajectory.

Jack Rasmus Explains How His Book, 'Epic Recession', is Predicting the Current Economy
A talk with TV Host Paul George of Channel 27,
May 4 2010 (58 min)

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Jack explains how the current crisis is following the trajectory of what he calls 'Epic Recession', in his new book being released May 11, 2010. Jack discusses how the present 'recovery' in the US cannot be sustained without conclusively addressing the 25 million jobless and 7-10 million foreclosures, how US banks are lending to speculators again and not to create jobs,and what the emerging crisis in Greece and Europe (and soon China) will result in a renewed intensity of the crisis, which has many similarities historically to prior crises in 1907 and 1929, and unlike other post-1945 recessions. Jack predicts (on May 4) the stock markets will correct another 15-20% and housing prices will resume falling.

 

Epic Recession: Prelude to Global Depression
A talk given at the Left Forum, New York, March 20, 2010 (2 x 10 min)

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At the recent Left Forum in New York, Jack presents a theoretical explanation of the current economic crisis based on his just released May 2010 book, EPIC RECESSION: PRELUDE TO GLOBAL DEPRESSION. Jack then provides a preview of his next forthcoming book in 2011, FINANCE CAPITAL IN THE 21st CENTURY: A THEORETICAL CRITIQUE, which takes to task mainstream economic views of the current crisis, debunks popular 'financialization' theories of the crisis popular today on the left, and explains how Marxist economics must be fundamentally revised in order to account for credit, debt, and speculative finance before it can better explain current and future crises.

'Economic Crisis v. Economic Empire:
End of the Beginning and Beginning of the End'
Keynote speech to Ecumenical Peace Institute, October 25, 2009 (43 min)

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Jack Rasmus talks about the potential impact of the continuing U.S. economic crisis on the future of the American Empire. The possible effects of the coming multi-trillion dollar U.S. Budget deficits on U.S. dominance of international economic institutions and the role of the dollar as a global currency. Will it continue? Or collapse? Jack explains why and why not, and the centrality of the U.S.-China economic relationships. DVD is $12 plus shipping. HOW TO ORDER VIDEO

Dr. Jack Rasmus
Economic Meltdown Update
Interview with TV host, Paul George, Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, Palo Alto, CA, June 7, 2009 (1 hr )

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Jack discusses with Paul George and his audience the state of the economic crisis at mid-year 2009 and where it's going, and explains why the Obama bank bailout and stimulus will eventually fail.

Dr. Jack Rasmus
Origins of the Economic Crisis
And Program for Long-Term Recovery
May 16, 2009, San Francisco, CA; (1 hr 27 min 28 sec)

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As a follow up to the May 9 Central Labor Council Teach-In on the Economic Crisis, Jack Rasmus provides an hour-and-a-half follow-up workshop on the economic crisis, how it originated, where it's going, and what can be done. Jack traces the crisis from the 1980s and the growing income inequality, speculative investment, and growing financial and economic instabilitiy of the past thirty years in a comprehensive and broad overview of the crisis. $12 plus shipping. HOW TO ORDER VIDEO

Historical Roots of the Economic Crisis
New York, New York; April 19, 2009 (52 min 30 sec)

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Jack Rasmus is interviewed by 'Z' Magazine following his presentation at the Left Forum in New York City on April 18, 2009. In the interview Jack provides a comprehensive view of the current economic crisis to date, explains why the latest version of the Obama-Geithner recovery plan will not work, and why, despite all the talk about 'green shoots' and 'glimmers of recovery, the real economy will continue to deteriorate beneath the surface. Jack predicts an even more serious stage of the crisis will erupt in 2010, why more than 20 million will lose their jobs this year, why business defaults will accelerate, housing prices will continue to fall, and why the central locus of the crisis is now shifting from the financial to the non-financial sector of the economy. Jack also places the crisis in historical perspective, explaining how the current Epic recession is similar and different from the 1930s, dispels some of the myths about the 'New Deal' of that period, and how the current crisis may transition to a bona fide global Depression. $10 plus shipping. HOW TO ORDER VIDEO

The Banking Panic of 2008 and Emerging Epic Recession
Berkeley, California; October 24, 2008

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Dr. Jack Rasmus is featured speaker at the Global Studies Forum, speaking on the Banking Panic of 2008 and Emerging Epic Recession. He presents a 12 Point Program for confronting the Economic Crisis. NOTE: Click on the TV icon to see the Quicktime version. Or click here to see the video in Windows Media format or in Real Player format. $10 plus shipping. HOW TO ORDER VIDEO

Causes of the Current Financial Crisis, Where It's Going
and What It Means to You
Palo Alto, California; October 14, 2008

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Jack Rasmus gives an in-depth presentation of the Causes of the Current Financial Crisis, Where It's Going and What It Means to You. Includes extended period of audience Q & A. Palo Alto, California., October 14, 2008 (Click on the TV to view video.) $10 plus shipping. HOW TO ORDER VIDEO

The Economy in Crisis
April 2008

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Dr. Jack Rasmus is interviewed by Paul George of PPJC TV's award winning TV show. Jack talks about the economy following the Bear Stearns Bank bailout. April 2008. (Click on the TV to view video.) $10 plus shipping. HOW TO ORDER VIDEO

Building a Sustainable Economy and the Danger of Carbon Credits Trading
St. Paul, Minnesota; January 2007

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Dr. Jack Rasmus is Keynote Speaker at midwest Environmentalist-Labor Alliance conference on Building a Sustainable Economy and the Danger of Carbon Credits Trading. St. Paul, MN. January 2007 (Click on the TV to view video.) $10 plus shipping. HOW TO ORDER VIDEO

II. Select Stage Play Scenes

Scenes from the DVD version of Fire on Pier 32



ACT ONE, SCENE 8
Workers in 1934 Vote for General Strike
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ACT TWO, SCENE 5
Workers Take Control of the Docks
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Burning the Company Union Contract Books on Pier 32 in Sept. 1933 — the founding event of the longshore workers' new union, the ILWU

Actors from the play 'Fire On Pier 32' recreate the burning scene of the infamous company blue book contracts on pier 32

Longshoremen sing Song of the New Union celebrating the birth of their own rank and file controlled union on the San Francisco waterfront

Actor Harry Bridges and longshoremen sing the Song of Solidarity theme during a scene following the general strike vote in 1934

Longshore Workers Rally in 2002 against port employers 'Lock Out' during negotiations

'Fire on Pier 32' Video

Now available for purchase, the video currently featured by Kyklos Productions is the full length, 2.5 hour DVD of the stage play, "Fire on Pier 32," which was performed to sell out audiences in 2003 in San Francisco.

"Fire on Pier 32" is a three act play written by Jack Rasmus of the National Writers Union. The play is about the longshore workers and their union, the ILWU, from its origin during the maritime and general strikes of 1934 in San Francisco, up to the current period. Thematically, the play is about the meaning of solidarity and the nature of company anti-labor offensives, past and present.

The first act takes place during the 1934 maritime and general strikes in San Francisco. The second act traces the evolution of longshore workers and their union from 1935 to 1971. While the third act addresses the rise of the Bush-Employer anti-labor offensive since 2001. The play takes its title from the actual historic event which occurred in late 1933, depicted in the top left photo, when longshore rank and file militants gathered on Pier 32 in San Francisco to burn their company union "blue" contract books, the act that led to the formation of their own union that became the ILWU.

Merging Labor History and Brechtian Theater

The video of the play was recorded using the original 12 actor cast featured in the stage version of the play, but is not simply a film version of one of the performances of that stage play. Rather, the video was shot with the original cast in a studio following the close of the theater production, and employs close ups, multiple cameras and angles, and other video techniques not possible in a straight-on filming of a stage performance. The 50+ historical photographs from the ILWU Longshore Workers library archive featured in the stage play, several of which can be seen in the righthand column on this webpage, are included in the video as well, but are now presented in a new manner in the video. In the stage version of the play the photos were projected on a 10' x 12' screen at center stage behind the actors. The photos in the video, however, are now presented as a series of photo montage. The resulting appearance is much like that viewed in a PBS special with techniques pioneered by Ken Burns and others, with the photo images fading in and out and integrated with the actors' and their dialogue on stage.

The music and songs in the video are the same performed in the original stage version of the play, with the same arrangements and musical accompaniment and sung by the entire cast of actors on stage, and by the same soloists. See Songs & Music for more detailed information about the songs.

(For more information about the play, "Fire on Pier 32," go to Collected Plays).

Kyklos Productions also produces historical, educational and public relations videos for labor unions on a project contract basis. For references for such work from other unions, or for a request for proposal (RFP) from Kyklos Productions to produce a video, contact Jack Rasmus, principal and owner of Kyklos Productions, at rasmus@kyklosproductions.com.

 

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Economic Crisis v. Economic Empire: End of the Beginning and Beginning of the End
Origins of Economic Crisis and Program for Long Term Recovery
Historical Roots of the Economic Crisis
The Banking Panic of 2008 and Emerging Epic Recession
The Causes of the Current Financial Crisis, Where It's Going, And What It Means To You
The Economy in Crisis
Building a Sustainable Economy and the Danger of Carbon Credits


Harry Bridges speaks to mass meeting of longshore and other maritime workers at founding of Pacific Maritime Federation

The Slingload: 1930s technology for loading and unloading ships in ports along the west coast

The Hated Shape Up: Workers desperately compete for work before union hiring halls and the birth of the ILWU

Unloading Ships during the 1930s: back-breaking work using booms, pulleys ropes, and...lots of sweat and muscle

Longshore Workers Protest George Bush and Tom Ridge interference on behalf of port bosses during 2002 negotiations

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"It has been said that the theater houses a nation's soul. If this is true, it can be said that 'Fire on Pier 32' is one place where the soul of American labor resides."

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