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Capitalism dominates the globe as never before, but after a summer of riots, bailouts, downgrades and market instability, twenty-first century capitalism is looking a little tarnished. In the first of two programmes, Michael Portillo talks to leading thinkers from around the world as he weighs up the costs and benefits of the economic system that governs our lives.
Amartya Sen, Will Hutton, Ha-Joon Chang, Gillian Tett and former Chancellor Nigel Lawson are among the critics and defenders of the free-market as Michael begins the series by asking whether capitalism makes us greedy and divided or rich and free.
Producer: Julia Johnson.