Inequality for All” Offers Insight into Wage Gap

Inequal­ity for All” offers documentary-styled insight into a dam­aged and hurt­ing U.S. econ­omy. The dozen or so who checked out the film’s show­ing Feb. 16 at UWS may have grasped bet­ter under­stand­ings of an issue faced by mil­lions of Amer­i­cans today: income inequality.

The film details the accounts of for­mer U.S. Labor Sec­re­tary and cur­rent Uni­ver­sity of California-Berkeley Pro­fes­sor Robert Reich, who wants to con­vey the grow­ing gap between income earn­ers and why it’s prob­lem­atic for Amer­i­cans — par­tic­u­larly the mid­dle class. The film gives view­ers an inside look into the lives of some hit by income inequal­i­ties, show­cas­ing their strug­gles in com­plet­ing nec­es­sary chores (such as fill­ing up the gas tank or secur­ing med­ical insur­ance), due in part because they and oth­ers don’t get fair finan­cial com­pen­sa­tion as hard-working, middle-class citizens.

Of all devel­oped nations, the United States has the most unequal dis­tri­b­u­tion of income—and we’re surg­ing toward even greater inequal­ity,” Reich says, which is one of many grip­ping state­ments in the film that seem­ingly kept the audi­ence atten­tive throughout.

The film uses sta­tis­tics, charts and graphs to com­mu­ni­cate startling—maybe even disturbing—data regard­ing the his­tory and sever­ity of income inequal­ity in the U.S., and although an argu­ment for hints of lib­eral bias could be made in some instances, the film’s enlight­en­ing argu­ment about an unequal econ­omy is effec­tive mostly by use of data, apply­ing sit­u­a­tions that a viewer can relate to, and offer­ing both solu­tions and opti­mism to viewers.

Robert Reich’s pre­sen­ta­tion as a hum­ble, enthu­si­as­tic and knowl­edge­able econ­o­mist and polit­i­cal fig­ure adds to its riv­et­ing content—making for a film worth a look to any­one curi­ous about the dam­aged rela­tion­ship between the econ­omy and working-class citizens.

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