I just stumbled upon a pretty interesting program from Al Jazeera's Fault Lines on the problem of unemployment in the USA (it could be almost anywhere else: I know similar cases here in the Basque Country).
What fails? The so-called market, consumerism, individualism, taboo of socialism. In other words: Capitalism.
What works? Intelligent public subsidies and cooperatives (worker-owned companies that will never leave the community).
The full documentary lasts 30 mins.