The People's Republic of Capitalism (2008) Blu-Ray 720p
English | MKV | H264 5778 kbps 29.970 fps | 1280x720 | AC3 128 kbps 48 KHz | 7.04 GB
Perhaps nothing crystallizes the theme of Ted Koppel s excellent series The People s Republic of Capitalism like the production of Ethan Allen couches. Over four episodes, Koppel reveals increasing economic interdependence between the United States and China, and daily business for the American furniture maker is a case in point. While couch bases are made in Chinese factories using cheap labor, those bases are then sent to the U.S. to be assembled with other components. The finished couches are then sent to China to be sold to a growing middle class with money to spare. Such is the cycle of globalization, pushing the U.S. and China into a necessary partnership that has an upside for some and a profound downside for others.