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Reich distills the story through the lens of widening income inequality—currently at historic highs—and explores what effects this increasing gap has not only on the U.S. economy but also American democracy itself. At the heart of the film is a simple question: What is a good society and what role does the widening income gap play in the deterioration of the nation's economic health?

The film was distributed by RADiUS-TWC in Fall 2013.

In the wake of the 2007–08 financial crisis and the rise of the Occupy movement, the issue of income inequality has gained public awareness. Over the last thirty years, before the latest recession, the U.S. economy doubled. But, according to this documentary, these gains went to a very few: the top 1% of earners now take in more than 20% of all income—three times what they did in 1970. Inequality is even more extreme at the very top. The 400 richest Americans now own more wealth than the bottom 150 million combined. While this level of inequality poses a serious risk to all Americans, regardless of income level, much of the rhetoric on this subject has been fueled by anger and resentment from a frustrated middle class who feel their birthright—the American Dream—has been taken away from them.

Robert Reich, author, professor at the University of California, Berkeley, official in three administrations, including United States Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton, narrates the film. Reich is a thinker on the topic of inequality, having…...

...representative government would threaten all human rights because there would be no establishment for equality. This is exactly what will happen if income inequality is to take over. The rich citizens will make it to where the poor’s voice will be unheard. It is not fair to have a government where more money means more power, so in order for the government to protect equality; they must reduce the income gap. The government should learn more towards lessening the economic gap because it creates social and health problems between individuals. A few studies on this particular topic involve big populations and even the people that are involved. For example, one study suggested that the loss of life from income inequality in the US in 1990 was the equivalent of the combined loss of life due to lung cancer, diabetes, motor-vehicle accidents, HIV-related causes, suicide and homicide (Lynch, et al., 1998). Income inequality puts people in a risky situation because it places them in an order that increases status and causes stress, which usually leads to poor health and additional negative outcomes. A study shows that “from 2002 to 2006, the top 1 percent of Americans received two-thirds of the gain in national income, while the bottom 90 percent - mainly dependent on Main Street's shrinking economy - got only 12 percent.” These social problems such as crime rates and measuring them against income inequality, you will find that nations with higher income inequality have a greater......

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...Two-Variable Inequality MAT221: Introduction to Algebra (GTO1310C) Inequality Equation: 12x + 15y ≤ 3000 (1). 12x+ 15(0) 15y ≤ 3000 (2). 12(0) + 15y≤ 3000 12x ≤ 3000 15y≤ 3000 12x / 12 ≤ 3000/12 15y / 15 ≤ 3000/15 12x ≤ 250 15y≤200 The problem 46 on page 240 in the text book, Elementary and Intermediate Algebra asks that I evaluate an inequality equation that can satisfy the Ozark Company needs. (Dugopolski, M. 2012 )The paragraphs ask for an inequality that can allow the company to use 3000 board feet of maple lumber. Of the 3000 board feet of lumber, the company will need 15 board feet to make classic rockers, and 12 board feet to make modern rockers. Therefore the inequality equation will equal to: 12x + 15y ≤ 3000. The company wants to see if how many classic or modern rockers they can manufacture with 3000 feet of maple lumber. In the equation (1) the number 12 is multiplied by x which is an unknown unit number. It is added to 15 multiplied by x which is an unknown unit number of classic rockers. Both units and their unknowns cannot exceed 3000 feet of lumber added together. In the equation the first step is to find the limit of the variable (x) which represents the modern rockers. Now substitute 0 for the letter (y) which should cancel out the (y) variable. What is left is 12x ≤ 3000. Next divide 12 by both sides to see what is the limited number of feet that the company can use without exceeding the maximum. The answer should be 250 board feet......

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...The History of Inequality: Institutions and Citizenship Throughout history, inequalities have permeated many different societies to different extents. The exclusion of certain groups over the course of centuries and policies that favor the elite more often than not have allowed inequality to persist. Many different policies and factors result in these inequalities, so it can be difficult to narrow down which have the greatest impact, but by examining the history of different programs meant to reduce or perpetuate inequalities, it is clear that the issue of inequalities is one of policy rather than a natural state. According to de Barros, “The inequality caused by unequal opportunities is viewed by most people as fundamentally unfair” (de Barros, 27). This suggests the difference between inequality of opportunity and inequality of outcome. If there seems to be a positive correlation between these two forms of inequality, then we can claim there is something unfair about the system inherently. Furthermore, “some inequality may be tolerated, like inequality caused by differences in effort and talent, particularly when attempts to reduce it could interfere with other ethical objectives, such as privacy and individual freedom. Equality of opportunity is desirable, equality of outcomes (earnings, income, wealth) not necessarily” (de Barros, 27). For example, if a child who, because of chance and circumstance, grows up in a poor family and lacks access to a decent education......

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...interesting and difficult topic for me at times, but I must admit that I enjoyed this week’s lesson on inequalities. I never knew that there were calculations for body mass index until now. Below, I have worked out calculations according to my height that let me know which weight(s) is healthy for me. In addition, I will also work calculations in between as well as the calculations that show which level of weight(s) that I need to stay away from, if I wish to extend my years here. According to page 151 in our textbook, we were given the formula for Body Mass Index or BMI as stated below: BMI= 703W H2 Next, we were asked to calculate the four intervals based on our own individual heights. My height is 72.23 inches. The various intervals include three compound between inequalities and one average inequality. Whenever BMI shows up in the inequalities I will substitute the formula and solve the inequality for W to point out the weight ranges that fit each category for my specified height. As documented, the first interval shows those who might have a longer life span than average. The compound inequality for this is: 17<BMI<22 17<703W<22 This is referred to as an equivalent inequality. H2 17<703W<22 Here H2 has been replaced by my actual height in inches. 72.232 17<703W <22 During the next step, I will multiply all three terms by the denominator. 5217.1729 17(5217.1729)<703W(5217.1729<22(5217.1729) ......

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...Inequalities This assignment involves the use of inequalities in mathematical equations. The formula for finding Body Mass Index (BMI) is BMI =703W/H^2. In this formula W = weight in pounds In this formula H = height in inches. For this assignment four intervals based on our own personal heights must be calculated. I am 6 feet 4 inches tall. My height in inches (or H) equals 76. These intervals include inequalities that are categorized as between or compound inequalities. One interval in this assignment will be a regular inequality. Wherever “BMI” appears in the inequalities, we will exchange the formula and solve the inequality for W to find the weight ranges that fit each category for my height. The first interval calculates those who might have a longer than average life span. The compound inequality for this follows: 17<bmi<22 17<703W/76^2<22 17<703W/5776<22 17*5776<703W<22*5776 98192<703W<127072 (Dividing all by 703) 139.6756<w<180.7567 140<w<181 People with a height of 76 inches may have a longer lifespan if they weigh between 140 and 181 pounds (after rounding up). Now we will do something a little different from the previous problem. Below we will solve the 2nd inequality for the formula for W prior to entering the different values to find W. 23<703W/H^2<25 23H^2<703W<25H^2 Divide all by 703 23H^2/703<w Square H for insertion (76*76) =......

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...Inequalities According to our textbook located on page 151 (Dugopolski, M. (2012) the formula for Body Mass Index (BMI) is: BMI = 703W H^2 Now, W is equal to an individual’s weight in pounds and H is equal to the height in inches. The height I will be using in the following problems is 70 inches. The stated intervals combine three compound between inequalities, and one “ordinary,” inequality. For the Body Mass Index (BMI) will be used in inequalities; for this formula they will also be supplemented to solve the inequality for W, that will define the ranges of weight that are particular for the height being utilized. Our first interval indicates which individual might have a longer life span then average. The compound interval that will be used is: 17 < BMI < 22 17 < 703W < 22 Equivalent inequality will be replacing BMI in the formula. H^2 17 < 703W < 22 (70)^2 I have replaced H^2 with my height in inches. 17 < 703W < 22 4900 We square the denominator and then multiply it by each numerator. In this case it will be 17, 703W, and 22. 17(4900)<703W(4900)<22(4900) It has now been cancelled. 49000 83300<703W<107800 Carry out the multiplication 83300<703W<107800 The terms are then divided by 703 in order to isolate W. 703 703 703 118.5<W<153.3 Those with the height of 70 inches may indeed have a longer than......

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...Inequality for All is a movie about how unequal the American income is and how the economic system caters to the rich. Robert Reich’s argument is that most of the money that America has is all in the top one percent and less is going to the middle class. In the research that he was able to produce, he discovered that the smaller the gap between the middle and the top one percent, the better the economy was and that the largest gap between both the rich and the middle class led to the Great Depression. His feels that America should go and raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans so that they can reduce the gap between the middle class and the rich. Robert Reich was a former Secretary of Labor to the Clinton administration and was in charge of trying to fix the economy. Though he only stayed with the president for his first term, he felt as if he needed should’ve had a bigger impact in what he did. He believed that the gap between the middle class and the wealthiest Americans is slowly getting bigger which is causing the disappearance of the middle class. He also believes that having a priority in education leads the working class to be smarter and work more efficiently and that the amount of production does not match the wages that the person is making. When the gap between the middle class and the wealthy was at its largest, it led to the Great Depression and it took it about ten years for it to get back on track. During the 1950s and the 1960s is where we see the smallest...

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...Inequalities MAT/221 07/14/2014 Compound inequalities and inequalities are useful for creating charts for doctors for the BMI, by giving people the range for how much they should and shouldn’t weigh according to their standards. These calculations could be misguided because they don’t account for certain aspects like body fat and or muscle mass, because to two weigh differently. The BMI equation is equal to 703W divided by H squared. The W stands for weight in pounds or LBS and H stands for height in inches. In the following height we will be using 65 inches. The first compound inequality is 17 less than W over H squared multiply 703 and less than 22. The first step to solving is to divide 703 to 17 and 22. Then multiply both the 17/703 and the 22/703 by h squared. And that will leave us with 17/703 * h^2 < w < 22/703 *h^2, now we will plug in the height of 65 in. and solve the compound inequality. We get the answer of 102.169 < w <132.219. The second problem is 23 less than W over H squared times 703 and less than 25. To solve this compound equality we first divide 703 to both 23 and 25 to remove the 703 from the middle. Then we multiply H squared into both 23 over 703 and 25 over 703. Giving us the problem of 23 / 703 * h^2 < w < 25 / 703 * h^2. The solved problem comes out to be 138.229 < w < 150.248. This we will be the BMI that I will be graphing and using for the interval notations. The notations for this problem are [138.229,......

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...The article talks about how inequality has increased over the years and is steadily increasing. In the first article, the writer pretty much breaks down how this is possible. Or in other words the author breaks down why this might have occurred. I agree that the United States favor the wealthy. The writer went into depth on a study how the society favors the wealthy over the poor. I think this is so true. It is not fair that some people don’t have to pay certain wages like others may have to. Like the writer stated from the professor, “He defines “income” as pre-tax cash market income — wages and salaries; dividends, interest, rent and other returns on invested capital; business profits; and realized capital gains.” I must say that I agree with the professor’s statement. This statement means that even though we get paid for our work, we are still paying for our work, if that makes any sense. I wish he would have explained his statement a little more. Over all, I think the writer did a pretty good job on explaining his point on inequality and society. In the second article, the writer states somewhat the same thing about how there is inequality with income in society. Article two has a little more explanation on how the government shows more favor to those that have money than those who don’t. Not only does it talk about rich versus poor, the article talks about how a person’s race can determine their wages. In other words, a person who is black income may be lower than a......

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...http://sonia-acma01.blogspot.com/2013/11/confronting-inequality-by-paul-krugman.html http://www.resilience.org/stories/2013-06-21/free-time-the-forgotten-american-dream http://hedricksmith.com/books/who-stole-the-american-dream/ http://edgeofcivilization.wordpress.com/lost-in-the-american-dream-book/ http://uproxx.com/smokingsection/2015/03/j-cole-gomd-video-explanation/ http://uproxx.com/smokingsection/2015/03/j-cole-gomd-video-explanation/ http://www.vibe.com/2015/03/j-cole-gomd-kendrick-lamar/ http://youtu.be/H1FqxcfnWi0 One of the main reasons why I choose this subject of how the world is not encouraging economic growth, was because of urban rap artist J Cole. He is a perfect example that I can not only relate to but understand how he lived. J Cole (Jermaine Cole) any many of his interviews he talks about the exact type of equality of chance of growth I am introducing. By telling his personal story though his music and the interviews, gives me a greater insight on how I have been taught as a kid my whole life. As he also introduces the manner that the people of different business are being used as a slavery image, I can transverse that to fit my essay. Everything aspect that J Cole went through was a exact match to what my father warned me about this world before I had to experience it. J Cole offers the same mind set as well as, compatible to my design for this essay, to show proof that my raised ideas and J Coles ideas are all happening today in this economy.......

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...Inequality for All After watching this extra-ordinary and well presented idea of inequality in United States of America by Robert Reich I kept on thinking for hours as I see many of the workers all around every time and every day I come across so many people who are low-waged and living a middle class life. I feel myself as one of those middle-class person as I see them surviving the odds and still trying to lead a respectable life. Since I got deeply touched by the documentary here are some points that I would like to discuss regarding my reflection about inequality for all. Inequalities of many kinds exist in our society. The society itself is a big structure of many social divisions. We can divide any society in many social groups like religion, caste, class, sexism, racism etc etc. The biggest difference in all of us comes with class that is lead by our capacity to consume. The main criteria for division in social class are dominated by occupation and property. We can never fully eliminate this inequality factor among us, however it can be managed by state to provide welfare to its citizens. Here, our main focus is inequality of social class. The distribution of wealth is unequal and half of the wealth of entire country is possessed by only few men. Giant fast-food companies have the largest gap between the pay of CEOs and workers of any industry, with a CEO-to-worker compensation ratio of more than 1,000-to-one. The practical choice isn’t between capitalism and......

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...Issues in inequality in non-income dimensions Achin Chakraborty Institute of Development Studies Kolkata 1, Reformatory Street, 5th Floor Calcutta University Alipore Campus Kolkata 700 027 India achinchak@rediffmail.com Abstract There are two basic approaches to measuring inequality in non-income dimensions. One views inequality as variation of an outcome indicator across individuals and the other views inequality as essentially disparities across socioeconomic groups. While the latter view now dominates the inequality measurement in health, measurement of education inequalities has so far taken the first view. In this paper, we have argued the importance of reckoning inequality in socio-economic group terms and advocated use of an ‘education concentration index’ exactly in the same way as the health concentration index measures socio-economic inequalities in health. The index has been applied to the Indian data to reckon two kinds of inequalities in educational attainment (years of education) – one across economic classes and the other across socially identified groups such as the Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Castes and others. We find a strong correlation between the two types of inequalities across the states of India. We also find, as one would expect, that the inequality index values are negatively correlated with the average years of education. However, in actual policy context, analysis of the outliers...

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...Inequality For All opens with the scene of Robert Reich taking the viewers along for a ride in his beloved Mini Cooper into his Wealth and Poverty class at the University of California Berkley. To start the class he introduces himself as the ex-Secretary of Labour under President Bill Clinton, former professor at Harvard and lastly and jokingly, an ex-secret agent for Abraham Lincoln. He continues to address the class by their different associations, of liberal, republican, conservative, etc but forewarns them that after the class they will see how little those titles mean as we are all apart of the same struggling economy. The remainder of the documentary, which is presented almost as if the viewer is sitting in Reich’s class, covers the three main questions of; what is currently happening in our economy, why it is like that and is this is a problem. Reich addresses these questions by the presentation of graphs, statistics and interviews from both spectrums of the population; from the richest billionaires to couples who have multiple children and less than $100 in their bank accounts. It may be assumed that such topics and methods of teaching may be confusing and boring to students with no prior knowledge or interest in the economy but Reich’s delivery is far from boring. Between his quirky humour and extremely thorough explanation of the history, current state and what must be done in order to achieve economic stability; Reich is able to keep it simple, enticing and......

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...3.2 Theoretical development The theoretical view in economic inequality has a long history. The deliberation of fair distribution can be old-fashioned to classical economist David Recardio and leftist theoretical matters as Karl Marx. These theorists have already documented the magnitude of distribution in the society, and among different classes of the people. 3.2.1 Kuznets Hypothesis: A reasonably moderate theory which has prevailed in the mainstream academia for about half a century is attributed to Kuznets (1955), which argues that income inequality would change as economic growth changes or more precisely, income inequality would rise first and then decline with economic growth. This theory is related with factor movement between sectors where there is inequality, which permits income distribution does not need to be fully equalized. This theory implies that fairer distribution may lead to higher productivity.[1] Kuznets curve is the graphical representation of Simon Kuznets's theory ('Kuznets hypothesis') that economic inequality increases over time while a country is developing, then after a critical average income is attained, begins to decrease. Figure 3.1: Graphical representation of Kuznets curve One theory as to why this happens, in early stages of development, when investment in physical capital is the main mechanism of economic growth, inequality encourages growth by allocating resources towards those who......

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...TMA 01 Clare Swan - (B6446618) Outline some of the ways in which inequalities have been made and remade in South Wales. In this essay I will be looking at the inequalities, which is the unequal distribution of valued social resources within a society or between societies and how they have been and remade. I shall be looking at the legacy of coal, gender inequality and the redevelopment of Cardiff Bay. The presence of coal affected many aspects of life. Many different people earned their livelihoods through coal, directly or indirectly. Shops served a thriving community. There were clear inequalities between the roles of the woman and the men. The work in the deep mines constructed a particular sort of masculinity, of the miner being necessarily a physically strong person coping with heavy work, dirt and dust. This was linked with the feeling of honour and being the bread winner. Wives were based at home taking supporting roles to husbands and children. The 1984/5 miners strike marked the transformation of the traditional roles of women and men. Barbra Williams, the wife of a miner tells us that woman were good enough to work behind the bar at the Meardy Social Club but they were not able to sit within the bar. At the same time, both woman and men came together in solidarity during the miners strike. The strike resulted in a high-profile role for the miners’ wives. Whilst the men were on strike the miners’ wives like Barbara Williams felt they had to take......

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