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Inequality For All

He's taking this fight to the street.

There’s lots of talk about economy, but for all the pontificating and bloviating about taxes and jobs and poverty, is there any one person who can explain what happened, how we got here, and how we might fix it? Actually, there is, and his name is Robert Reich, Labor Secretary under President Clinton, UC Berkeley professor, and author of the book Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future, on which the new documentary Inequality For All, directed by Jacob Kornbluth, is based. The situation is grim, to be sure, but it’s also deceptively simple, at least in the words of Reich, who makes these concepts particularly easy to understand but also crucially urgent: it’s the middle class we should be focusing on. Despite Reich’s clearcut answers about how the middle class has been systematically oppressed for the past 35 years, he (as well as the film) maintains a hopeful, non-cynical, and ultimately inspiring outlook for the future. Inequality For All is part Reich lecture and part Reich biopic. The film is structured around Reich’s ‘Wealth and Poverty’ class at Berkeley, which is overflowing with eager students wanting to learn at the foot of the economic master. The man has White House credentials stretching back to the President Ford, but he chooses to teach, because he feels that’s the best way to inspire social change in an increasingly fractured and tense society. You may feel inspired to pull out your notebooks and settle in like the students, because in many ways, the film is like taking a lesson from Reich on income inequality. That’s not to say that the material is dry or boring in any way, in fact, it’s positively gripping, and Kornbluth has broken up the lecture with a loose narrative about Reich’s daily life of talks and appearances, as well as his personal history. That a documentary about economics could be so personally emotional and affecting is remarkable. And to learn from Reich in this film, as his students at Berkeley do, is a treat and a privilege. – Katie Walsh, The PlaylistOfficial Trailer
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