Inequality For All
It is hosted by Robert Reich, who was President Clinton's former Labor Secretary. He eventually resigned from that job, to spend more time with his family. He currently teaching at UC Berkeley, and from the small clips taken from some of his lectures at Berkeley, he would be one of those professors that you would admire and involve you to set goals and do more with your life.
It begins with a bit of history on where Reich came from and where he grew up, and what he's currently doing. Then it goes eventually into how the middle class is stagnating. I also will admit that it's fairly nonpartisan, so no matter which side of politics you favor, I think the film is handled pretty evenhandedly. I will say that although I'm not an economist, though I took a course in college (that I hated), however, my views on how some of this inequality came about have been confirmed. Still I learned quite a bit from it.
It explains how it appears the economy and stock market is doing well and is robust, yet it's hard for the middle class to stay ahead in this modern world. Back in the 1950's just coming out of WWII it was a different world. Reich says the decades the war the 50's 60's, and 70's were unparalleled as a good time for our economy. The middle class was large and had money to spend. Most young adults could afford college, now college tuition has skyrocketed. In the 50's and 60's the man of the house as a general rule went to work and the women stayed home and raised the kids. Sometime in the late 60's eventually women entered the work force as well. In the late 70's things started to slide there had to be two wage earners just keep paying their bills or one large wage earner or maybe a part time wage earner. Our wages has stagnated over this period of time as well. So how did it get to this point? Check out the movie, and remain open minded.
One of the things that ran through my mind as I watched the film was how I got my political view points? Sure I'm aware of nature and nurture, and I realize how big an influence our parents have on our outlook on life along with the generation we're brought up in, our environment and so forth. My parents I think were pretty middle of the road. I think they pretty much voted for President Eisenhower coming out of WWII, and I can see why they might have done that. For myself, I do think the Vietnam years and the late 60's influenced a lot of my outlook on life, but not just that alone. Another thing I wonder about is where and how other people go to get informed of their views and their political views. Let's face it, most news is biased and slanted to either the right or left. So I tried doing a search on which news source is less biased. The best I could come up with is PBS and NPR. My guess is that it isn't corporate sponsored so they can be more even handed.
Plus I'm always shocked by what some people believe, and it's hard to figure out at times whether they are just playing devil's advocate, or just being controversial or a gadfly, but let's face it, some are just out and out dumb, easily fooled, brainwashed, etc. There's no other explanation to be had.
I had a friend that me and my brother grew up with, and used to communicate with. He was the youngest kid in that family, so a bit spoiled. He grew up with that mindset as well. Well, he moved on and is living around Austin, Tx. now. But anyway, he was sending me all these emails and they got stranger and stranger as they went on. He used to be a big President Bush supporter, then sort of supported Romney (sort of), but jumped ship on that and was supporting Ron Paul. I wondered why he'd jumped to extremes, but something was up. I might add, he ended all credibility with me when he became a part of the "Birther movement"--one that does not think Obama was born in the U.S. and doubts his origins.
At any rate, his politics got weirder and weirder. He started listening this Alex Jones conspiracy wacko stuff, and the Bilderberg Group conspiracy nonsense and the infowar and prisonplanet.com craziness. I hate to give these nut jobs a name drop as I think they are such looney tunes. Alex Jones has a radio show around the Austin, Tx area, so I don't know if he became aware of it from a friend or tuned in one night or whatever, but he got brainwashed pretty quickly.
At any rate, he would copy and paste all this wacko stuff from their web site and send it to me, and I'd dispute it. Now this is coming from someone that went to Baylor University, and majored in computer science, yet believes in this crazy horseshit!! I couldn't believe it, and no matter how much common sense I'd try to argue his points, he'd still come back with more conspiracy theory. He'd never address my questions or arguments, just throw on more conspiracy. I don't know if he was serious, or had ulterior motives, as I knew him to be pretty good at manipulation, but either way it sort of blew both me and my brother's minds as we grew up with the guy.
Before it was all over he was blaming President Bush for 9-11, and saying the government was building caskets and graves for everyone in the U. S., and you better start saving gold, ammo, and guns, as "It's coming." So after a while of this nonsense, I had to tell him, I was too busy to keep up, and not interested. You can't argue with a brick wall. The thing about it is, he's not the only one. I've seen on websites and forums where others have spouted off things taken from this web site, and this disillusioned line of thinking. I wish I could say I have an answer to it all, but I don't. I guess the bottom line is remain open minded and optimistic and hope for the best.