Thursday, October 10, 2013

Powerful new film exposes inequality for all (video)

Who is looking out for the American worker?  The perky, diminutive Robert Reich, in the classroom, in the news media and now in a movie.

In his fight for a better America, Reich explodes across the screen in director Jacob Kornbluth’s “Inequality for All."
Structured around his “Wealth and Poverty” lectures, the former U.S. Secretary of Labor comes off as the funny, self-deprecating college professor you wish you could take.  Driving around in a Mini Cooper, Reich talks to college students, a billionaire businessman and laid-off workers to find out why so many Americans continue to be so devastated five years after the 2008 banking crisis.

The conclusion: Without a strong middle class to guard against recessions, the economy is seriously vulnerable to any hiccup that comes along.

Using personal stories, interactive graphics, and a powerful speaker, “Inequality for All” is an entertaining and dynamic look at how inequality affects America.  Instead of shoving a bunch of buzzwords at the audience or showering them in statistics, Reich delves into the issues by releasing facts that are guaranteed to make anyone pause.

On inequality: The wealthiest 400 Americans own more than half of Americans combined.  The last time the
U.S. was this unequal was 1928 – the year before the Great Depression.

On outsourcing: Japan makes 28 percent more of the profits from an iPhone than America.  Although China gets belabored for outsourcing, they only make 3.6 percent of an iPhone’s profit.

Democrats, Republicans, and Independents will come together to enjoy the film.  Reich and Kornbluth are able to create a genuinely informative, accessible and entertaining movie for all workers to enjoy.

The film is now in movie theaters; click here to see if it's playing in a theater near you. Or you can order a copy for a screening in your community or union hall here.