Must-see film “Inequality For All” opens Sept. 27

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(ILCA) - Robert Reich, the economist, professor of Public Policy at University of California Berkeley, and former labor secretary during the Clinton administration, has teamed up with filmmaker Jacob Kornbluth to make the new documentary, Inequality for All, which opens this Friday. Reich narrates the film, which uses footage from his classes at Berkeley, as well as some of his personal history. The focus though, is on the facts, such as the U.S. being the nearly most wealth-unequal country in the world, and how the top 400 have more wealth than that bottom 150 million - or half of the country.

He also notes how the average male worker makes less today than he did in 1978 (adjusted for inflation), as well as the relationship between strong unions and a strong middle class. He ends the film with a reminder of how the situation, while dire, is one that we can change, and then calls on the audience to do just that. The accompanying website offers facts and a call to action, including one to strengthen worker's voices by allowing workers to form a union. You can watch the trailer here as well as the Inequality for All website.

 

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  • Good positive review. Here in Dallas, the local Jobs with Justice coalition sponsored a special showing with discussion afterward conducted by a major theologian and the head of the local AFL-CiO.

    No one criticized Robert Reich's explanation of the economics behind the wealth disparity, even though it was pretty obvious that he compared the periods 1945-1978 to 1978-present without noting that the United States dominated the world economy during the former period and not in the latter. Reich also blamed globalization and outsourcing for a lot of the American problem while, at the same time, extolling the virtues of his foreign car. I'm sure he lost all the UAW members there.

    The AFL-CIO guy here was terrific. He began by saying that he had good news, then proceeded to turn the general and hard-to-implement solution, "organize," into concrete reality by explaining some of the new openings created by the national AFL-CIO convention. They intend to organize everybody!
    --jim lane in Dallas

    Posted by Jim Lane, 10/06/2013 6:45pm (1 year ago)

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