This originally appeared on NUFEC.com, 9/26/2013.
The film explores the ideas of Robert Reich, a best-selling author
who teaches public and economic policy at top institutions, and served
three presidential administrations including Presidents Gerald Ford,
Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. A surprising amount of the movie is
literally Reich teaching at UC Berkeley.
The film has very good information and Reich is very intelligent.
However, it wastes its opportunity to communicate that by building to
classic liberal condescension. What is the point? Why are they just
preaching to the choir? Rally the liberal troops? If they really wanted
to start a dialogue, they wouldn’t be doing a limited release either.
Why no VOD? Why not TV?
I’m frustrated and disappointed. There is more we can be doing to
start a dialogue about these issues. Why waste Reich's intelligence on
people who agree with him? Why be condescending to people who could
learn from him? I hope Inequality for All gets to people that can learn from it (it won’t).