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Too Big to Fail?

Format: DVD | Streaming | Download
Length: 10:55
Grade Level: 8-12+ | Price: $ 15.00
Closed Captioned:

Streaming/DVD: English

How is business like a wild animal?

When you feed a wild animal, it grows used to handouts and becomes unable to fend for itself. The law of the jungle says "survival of the fittest," and yet we've decided that some companies are "too big to fail" and must be rescued.

This isn't new. The massive East India Company, whose tea ended up in Boston Harbor in 1773, was supported by the British government.

Lobbying. Crony capitalism. Sweetheart, backroom deals...

Who pays when businesses are declared "too big to fail"?

Subject Areas

Business / Family & Consumer Science


U.S. History / Government & Civics

World History / Geography



Free Markets



United States


Adam Smith

American Revolution

Crony Capitalism

East India Company

Economic Principles



Scottish Enlightenment

As always excellent.

Michael Siekkinen
Saint Marys, GA

Good narrator, a good director, and overall students found it helpful.

Jimmy Meyer
Colo Spgs, CO

I loved this video because it dovetailed nicely into teaching my AP world history students about the privileges granted to the British East India Company and similarly to the Dutch East India Company.

Gregory Yankey
Owasso, OK

Very good video.

David Ahumada
Tucson, AZ

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