We cannot make modern technology become labor intensive. And we cannot prevent low wage countries from growing and increasing global competition. But the policies that emerge from our own political system can offset the inegalitarian consequences of these developments.
The first step toward disabling the trillion-dollar money pump is within our power as individuals. We can recognize a key human value -- the dignity of work. We are all connected to our communities. We all do better when we all do better.
With the release of the documentary Inequality for All today, the progressive story about what is wrong with the economy is now on the silver screen. For those of us who have been working to articulate what we call a progressive economic narrative, it is a major milestone.
Jacob Kornbluth's illuminating Inequality for All, which focuses on economist and scholar Robert Reich, probably won't reach the audience it needs to. They're too busy watching Fox News - or CNN or MSNBC, for that matter.
On Moyers & Company, Robert Reich talked about his new film Inequality for All. The film explains why America's widening income gap is a threat -- not only to the viability of our workforce -- but also to the foundations of our democracy.
This week marks both the fifth anniversary of the fiscal meltdown that almost tanked the world economy and the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, the movement that sparked heightened public awareness of income inequality. Yet the crisis is worse than ever.
You should see this film -- and you should get others to see it. It dramatizes the growing income gap in the United States and the implications for the health of the American economy. It leads to discussion about actions to reverse inequality. And it is also a fun movie.
Little about Washington surprises me, but one thing I could not figure out is why President Obama wants Larry Summers as Fed Chair when Summers is the worst possible candidate for the job, except maybe for Alan Greenspan?
On Saturday, President Obama stated that he wants the next chairman of the Federal Reserve to not just be an economic wonk but to actively promote policies that will advance the welfare of ordinary citizens. He may as well have described the resume of Robert Reich.
On one side are the forces of egalitarianism, economic opportunity, and self-determination. On the other is a well-funded and entrenched elite bent on hijacking our media, our political process, and our institutions, for their selfish ends.
Supporting our veterans is not cheap; it involves a real investment in both policy and budget priorities. But our veterans put our country first and stepped up, and on this Memorial Day, state legislators of both parties need to be standing up for veterans with real resources as well.
It is the GOP's extreme vision of what they think our country should be -- with a weak government and a free ride to corporations and the rich at the expense of the rest of us -- that has put them at odds with the electorate, which is made up of primarily hard-working and struggling Americans.
In this audio exclusive, Moyers & Company senior writer Michael Winship talks with Reich about the ways in which Washington has changed since Watergate, and how the influence of money continues to corrupt politics and exacerbate income inequality in America.