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APRIL 10, 2014

Incredibly sobering, I would have felt depressed after watching the documentary INEQUALITY FOR ALL if it wasn’t for the inspiring words of its main subject; former Clinton-era Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich. 

Diminutive in size (the result of a rare disease), he makes up for it in intelligence and moxie. Having focused his life on studying the trends of the current widening economic gap between “the haves and the have nots,” he is a grand champion of the 99%. 

The documentary is fascinating and I learned quite a bit about how the United States economy works in a very layman manner. Facts are facts, people and the way these facts are laid out are mind-numbing. Maybe I drank the Kool-Aid, but it seems abundantly clear why we are at where we are at with today’s economy and if we don’t wake up and do something about it, it’s not going to get better anytime soon. 

Though it’s not all doom and gloom, as a matter of fact, Reich tells us that history is always on the side of the middle class and that though we are in one of the bad spikes (as we were during the last great depression), history shows us that there’s always a tipping point that will ultimately be the great equalizer. 

The real tragedy is that in hindsight it’s very clear to see how this mess came about as it follows a predictable path that can be avoided if people (aka those that are supposed to represent the will of the American people) were driven less by the almighty dollar and more by what is best for society as a whole. 

Now mind you, I am not a very politically minded individual and have become much more cynical with politics in recent years. Films like INEQUALITY FOR ALL truly dishearten the hell out of me. They make me feel ashamed that we’ve let Democracy crumble, but I’m glad I watched it, because to quote G.I. JOE, “Knowing is half the battle” and ignorance of the world around you is where the real danger lies. 

With all that said, INEQUALITY FOR ALL is quite entertaining and enlightening and truly is a call to action. I highly recommend watching it if you enjoy documentaries as it speaks in a plain, frank and easy to follow manner.