Engines of Domination, a Film Review

Justin Jezewski   (2014) is the film maker

The Most Revolutionary Act

Engines of Domination
Mark Corske (2014)

Film Review

In Engines of Domination, filmmaker Mark Corske lays out a historical and philosophical argument for anarchism – a stateless society people run themselves via direct democracy.

He begins by comparing class society to sheep herding. The latter began around 10,000 BC. Class society began around 5,000 BC when institutions of power (initially kings and priests and later nations and corporations) began domesticating people as well as plants and animals. The goal of this kind of domestication is to capture the energy of an entire community. Initially chattel slavery was the primary mechanism employed to domesticate human beings.

Since no one agrees voluntarily to being treated this way, this has to be done through a combination of force and deception.  The methods employed were developed over centuries through a process of trial and error. “Engines of domination” are the historical institutions that…

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4 thoughts on “Engines of Domination, a Film Review

    1. “Jezewski’s short documentary is based on Mark Corske’s book Engines of Domination, published in 2013.”
      I just watched this ‘short’ documentary, Ian. Short, ah well, you need about one hour to watch it, but I say it is very much worth watching. I hope you can make the time for it.

    1. I think this film is really worth watching, Stuart.

      Over the past week or so Peter and I managed to fit in the watching of more than 20 hrs of German documentaries about the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Some of it we were able to watch life on the internet as the celebrations for the 25th Anniversary took place.


      Sunday, November 16, 2014
      by Mark Sutton and Alistair Birch

      One week ago, the world celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and Alistair Birch – Overnights’ long-time Eurovision correspondent – was there.

      He lived in Germany for 10 years and after the reunification of East and West Germany he worked on archiving, digitising and releasing Stasi files to the East German people.

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