Inequality for All

DVD - 2014
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Inequality for All
Examines economics professor and Clinton Administration cabinet member Robert Reich's crusade to expose the problem of income inequality in the United States.

Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA :, Anchor Bay Entertainment,, [2014]
Edition: Widescreen
Copyright Date: ©2014
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Mar 24, 2015

EXCELLENT! I wish EVERY citizen could spend some 'quality time' viewing this documentary.
Reich is a companionable 'host,' the material is well organized (lucid use of graphics in his presentation), and a fine primer on the economic state of our Union. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
**** and a 10!

Jan 17, 2015
  • K_ROK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

StarGladiator and Ravenheart took the words right out of my mouth. I agree with their comments entirely. Free trade is devestating America's (and Canada's) economies respectively. When you outsource work to foreigners and depend on everything being manufactured in China what else can you expect but economic demise. There was a time when things were made in America, or made in Canada but now everything is made in China and that is drastically affecting the 'middle class' in both North American nations and their manufacturing and retail sectors. Why do you think Target bombed here in Canada? Not only because their prices were higher here, but also because you can buy everything they have and more, online, from China with free shipping and no duty. When given the choice the consumer would rather stay at home in their PJ's and shop anytime of day or night as opposed to traveling to a retailer. The Canadian government has been signing free trade deals with the EU and Asia so it will only get worse before it gets better. I do however agree with Reich's opinions on Unions though and it's sad that the American government is more in favor of the private sector flourishing than encouraging and supporting it's Unions.

Jan 05, 2015
  • kevfarley rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

WoW !!

Dec 13, 2014
  • StarGladiator rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

[ravenheart's comments below really nails it!] I remember when Reich was part of the Clinton administration, during the second official /// jobless recovery \\\ and he publicly stated he was clueless as to why no jobs were being created [it's called dismantling the economy: offshoring as many jobs as possible, and doing the bulk of new job creation overseas]. It is so utterly cool that Robert Reich has come down on the side of the non-superrich these last few years, and so sad that he kept so quiet during his time with the Clinton Administration, and so pathetic that he wrote that sorry pile of you-know-what [The Work of Nations] which he should feel forever ashamed of writing. The guy simply cannot fathom large data sets, and gets quite a bit wrong, but apparently his heart is in the right place, if you believe that middle mediocre level of economists, of which Reich is one. Glad to see that Reich at least understands that there is inequality, although he's still futzing and discombobulating as to the underlying agenda! Reich should spend all his free time studying economists such as Michael Hudson, Michael Perelman, Mark Blyth and Samir Amin.

Dec 13, 2014
  • slarsen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I am a non-economist and non-political type retired senior who believes in and follows Robert Reich when I can. He is an excellent speaker and "dumbs" down the information to where everyone can understand it. I think he has already made a difference with his teaching by not only educating but putting just enough humor and some thoughtfulness in his lectures for us to feel hope for the future because we are now involved. Five stars is not enough.

Aug 11, 2014
  • eastvanbookfan rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I am thinking about buying a copy simply because it does a good job of showcasing some of the issues for people who really have little understanding about economics. They'd be surprised to see a professor anywhere (let alone a former presidental advisor) talk the way he does about wages etc... It really was neat how the film showed one 1%er who fully accepts many of Reich's comments. Paraphrasing "I make pillows and the fact a person is rich doesn't mean that they buy that many more pillows. I need a strong middle class in order to sell more pillows because the rich is just too small a market".

Jul 25, 2014
  • jpozenel rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Makes lots of good points. Not a lot of ideas for fixing things though.

Jul 03, 2014
  • rudyone rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I looked at the figures on taxes over the years before the film came out and it is clear that Reagan is the culprit for the start of both inequality and the deficeit. The inequality is amplified by the power law of mathematics -- money makes money, workers simply maintain. If those with higher income paid their fair share in taxes, without loopholes in the tax law (like stock options, etc.), the middle class would not shrink. But, the supreme court is bought and paid for by the money elite and have essentially prevented that. Beware the rule of the wealthy few.

Jun 07, 2014
  • ravenheart rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Robert Reich seems like a decent guy, and on the surface, he looks like he is pulling for the "everyman" in this documentary, but he is completely misguided about Free Trade. You simply cannot have free trade with countries that have a lower standard of living than you do, including Mexico, China, and India. The ushering in of free trade by Clinton, and the follow-up push by Bush, jr. has plotted America on a course for implosion. They literally sold us all out. Obama has been complicit in allowing free trade to persist. It doesn't matter who you vote for, Democrat or Republican....they are all corporatists who make decisions solely for the benefit of transnational corporations. If you think that Obama and Clinton are better than Reagan and Bush, you're foolish. All of them suck off the corporate tit just like little piglets. Corporations exploit for profit, and free trade facilitates that exploitation. They exploit poor people in other countries, pollute their environments, and steal their resources, all for profit. Free trade facilitates the undermining of America, including our labor laws, environmental laws, our currency, and our standard of living. Education has absolutely nothing to do with our loss of jobs, as most of our manufacturing jobs have gone to foreigners who lack the equivalent of a high school education. If we want a strong America, we must eliminate free trade, and require all products sold in the US to be produced in the US. The tariff system which was in place prior to free trade is perfectly capable of regulating the rare goods which absolutely must be sourced from outside the US, but those are very rare exceptions. We need to be legislating/regulating the nuts off these corporations and eliminating free trade. Democracy is good, not corporate capitalism, and Robert Reich fails to understand that fact. Businesses exist to serve society, not the other way around. Unless we get a leash on them quickly, America will become a minor footnote in world history. I gave this 2 stars because Reich is right in his assessment about the decline of America, but because of his utter clueless as to the main reasons why, I don't place much value on this documentary.

May 29, 2014
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If non-economists want to watch one film about the devastating effects of income and wealth inequality on Democracy, this is it. The graphics are just outstanding and his bridge curve for the level of inequality shows us that the last two times at the peak points in inequality so much bad stuff occurred for the middle class such as stagnant wages, high unemployment, lack of access to affordable higher education, etc. Reich explains things brilliantly so that even persons with almost no economic background can understand. On the Rotten Tomatoes website, 27 of 28 of the top movie critics rated this movie highly. The one outlying film critic works for right-wing billionaire Rupert Murdock on the New York Post. A poll of New York newspapers, voted the New York Post, as the least-credible major news outlet in New York. This might be another case of non-credible reporting, although there is a smidgen of a possibility that the film critic is trying to be objective.

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Apr 15, 2014
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“At the end of the day it's all about money”-Kevin O’Leary (MR. WONDERFUL) from the shark tank

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