"Unemployment and money. The principles involved".
A diagrammatic sound film by Michael Polanyi (1940)

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Eduardo Beira
(Senior Fellow, UNESCO Chair Life & Land, CIBIO-inBIO, University of Porto, Portugal)

Last update: november 2021

Polanyi's 1940 film, "Unemployment and money. The principles involved" was shown at the Polanyi Society’s June 2012 Conference (Loyola University, Chicago) The film was introduced by Eduardo Beira and followed by comments from Martin Moleski and Mary Jo Nye. Several decades after its creation, it is now possible to view Polanyi’s film in a digital format. Many thanks to both the Special Collections Research Center, of the Joseph Regenstein Library at the University of Chicago (where the archival papers of Michael Polanyi are housed) and to John Polanyi (literary executor for Michael Polanyi) for their kind cooperation with this scholarly project aimed at making Polanyi’s film (plus other resources on the making of the film) widely available.

Many thanks also to Phil Mullins for his kind assistance and cooperation in the organization and editing of these resources.

See the film (40 minutes): https://youtu.be/wFm_ORFfp9U

Available subtitles: English, Portuguese, Hungarian, Spanish and French. 

English and Portuguese subtitles organized by E. Beira;
Hungarian subtitles by Biró Gabor.
Spanish subtitles by Marta Felis-Rota.
French subtitles by Eduardo Beira, Leonor Fernandes and Agnés Festré

To view the film with subtitles: select language in the settings of the film. CC alows subtitles on and off.
More instructions: english, portuguese, hungarian

1. General information about this film: 

2. Additional resources

Access to each working paper listed above is conditional. If you wish to have access to any of the files for non-commercial personal and/or academic purposes, you can access the paper by clicking on the link and initiating the request with the Google Drive message ("Request access"). Later you will receive e-mail with instructions about how to gain access. Corrections and comments are welcomed (ebeira@gmail.com).