About the Dutch documentary Enjoy Poverty by Renzo Martens. (Inti Films, Renzo Martens Menselijke Activiteiten, 2009)
About the US-Chilean-French film No by Pablo Larraín. (Fabula – Participant Media – Canana, 2012)
In this chapter from his famous book Cool Capitalism, the author gives an overview of the main theories about the origins and spirit of capitalism. From Weber to Schumpeter, through Daniel Bell and representatives of the theory of managerial capitalism or even in the recent popular books by Boltanski and Jeremy Rifkin we can notice a standard overstatement of social and cultural changes that assets that capitalism has changed in its nature. Examining the emergence and fading of these popular theories, the author warns the reader to be cautious.
The author describes the changes in the leadership of the Catholic Church that was a surprise for many as a result of development. He shows the main directions of expected future changes stemming from the personality of the pope, the hints for the new strategy of the church, which also includes the possibility of the cooperation with the modestly anticlerical political left.
By analysing the new religious movements – namely neo-protestant evangelical currents – the authors examines how isolated individuals try to fit globalisation and what the new religious communities contribute the nation and politics. They show how religion becomes a market product, how religion and community life is merchandised by these religious movements -which properly fit globalisation -, and how religious fundamentalism generates political fundamentalism.