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Requiem for the American Dream

"Through interviews filmed over four years, Chomsky unpacks the principles that have brought us to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality, tracing a half-century of policies designed to favor the most wealthy at the expense of the majority while also looking back on his own life of activism and political participation. Profoundly personal and thought provoking, Chomsky provides penetrating insight into what may well be the lasting legacy of our time: the death of the middle class, and swan song of functioning democracy. A potent reminder that power ultimately rests in the hands of the governed, Requiem is required viewing for all who maintain hope in a shared stake in the future." -- Container.
2016; 2015
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Dysfunctional Societies [electronic resource]: Why Inequality Matters

Why does the the United States, despite being one of the richest nations in the world, lag behind so many other rich Western societies in a number of crucial statistical measures -- including life expectancy, violence, health, community, teen pregnancy, mental illness, and incarceration? According to a growing body of research, it's because the U.S. has far more income inequality than these other wealthy societies. In Dysfunctional Societies, a timely and fascinating new film based on the international bestseller The Spirit Level, British researcher Richard Wilkinson explores the correlation between wealth distribution, health, and overall happiness within modern societies. Mobilizing decades of sociological research, Wilkinson details the devastating toll economic inequality is taki [...]
2016; 2015

Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: Inequality for All

In the first three years of economic recovery, 95 percent of the gains have gone only to the top 1 percent of Americans, while the proportion of working people who define themselves economically as lower class is at its highest level in four decades. But more and more people are fighting back. "We want an economy that works for everyone, not just for a small elite," says economic analyst Robert Reich-a man called one of the best cabinet secretaries of the 20th century by Time magazine. Reich joins Bill in this edition of Moyers & Company to discuss a dynamic, witty, and entertaining new film: Inequality for All, which aims to be a game-changer in our national discussion of income inequality.