During the run-up to the 2012 Elections, a prominent Senate candidate set the Beltway punditry atwitter with this frank appraisal of the U.S. economy: “The system is rigged.” In Inequality For All, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich explains just how things got to be this way, and more importantly, what can be done about it. With clarity and humor, the feisty economics guru reveals how income inequality–the concentration of vast amounts of wealth in the hands of a few–threatens the long-term economic prospects of the nation as a whole. Billed as “An Inconvenient Truth for the economy,” Jacob Kornbluth's insightful film builds upon Reich's years of research to argue convincingly against the policies that have encouraged such unprecedented disparities in income. Whether addressing the astronomical salaries of hedge fund managers or the steady decline in union membership, Reich presents a compelling case that the cornerstone of a vital economy is and always will be a healthy middle class, and that its erosion always signals a downward spiral in the nation's economic fortunes. As Reich and Kornbluth suggest, reversing the middle-class squeeze through wiser policymaking is not the “class warfare” that some critics have alleged–in fact, it may be the ultimate patriotic act.
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