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MCC Economic Inequality Initiative: Videos

Wealth Inequality in America

Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is. (6:23 mins.)

Moyers & Company: Inequality for All

Moyers & Company: Inequality for All (56:48)

In the first three years of economic recovery, 95 percent of the gains have gone only to the top 1 percent of Americans, while the proportion of working people who define themselves economically as lower class is at its highest level in four decades. But more and more people are fighting back. “We want an economy that works for everyone, not just for a small elite,” says economic analyst Robert Reich—a man called one of the best cabinet secretaries of the 20th century by Time magazine. Reich joins Bill in this edition of Moyers & Company to discuss a dynamic, witty, and entertaining new film: Inequality for All, which aims to be a game-changer in our national discussion of income inequality. Broadcast date: September 20, 2013. (57 minutes)

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Thomas Piketty Discusses, "Capital In The 21st Century" with Ryan Grim and Alexis Goldstein

Published on Apr 18, 2014

Thomas Piketty sits down with HuffPost's Ryan Grim, to talk about his new book, "Capital In The 21st Century". The economist also discusses the worldwide wealth gap, the 1%, the problem with large CEO salaries, and offers solutions on how to stop the growing divide between the rich and the poor. (42:49 mins.)

Moyers & Company: The United States of Inequality

Moyers & Company: The United States of Inequality (17:06)

The unprecedented level of economic inequality in America is undeniable. This edition of Moyers & Company reports on dismaying extremes of wealth and poverty on display in California’s Silicon Valley. Facebook, Google, and Apple are minting millionaires while the area’s homeless—who’ve grown 20 percent in the last two years—are living in tent cities at their virtual doorsteps. These are the human faces of economic inequality. Broadcast dates: April 12, 2013, and May 31, 2013. (17 minutes)

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TEDTalks: Richard Wilkinson—How Economic Inequality Harms Societies

TEDTalks: Richard Wilkinson—How Economic Inequality Harms Societies (16:50)

We feel instinctively that societies with huge income gaps are somehow going wrong. Richard Wilkinson charts the hard data on economic inequality and shows what gets worse when rich and poor are too far apart: real effects on health, lifespan, even such basic values as trust.

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Moyers & Company: Distracted from Democracy

Moyers & Company: Distracted from Democracy (29:06)

Across the world—Egypt, Greece, Spain, Brazil—citizens are turning angrily to their governments to demand economic fair play and equality. But here in America, with few exceptions, the streets and airwaves remain relatively silent. In a country as rich and powerful as America, why is there so little outcry about the ever-increasing, deliberate divide between the very wealthy and everyone else? In this edition of Moyers & Company, Bill is joined by media scholar Marty Kaplan, who points to a number of forces keeping these issues and affected citizens in the dark—especially our well-fed appetite for media distraction. Broadcast date: July 12, 2013. (29 minutes)

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Moyers & Company: Taming Capitalism Run Wild

Moyers & Company: Taming Capitalism Run Wild (48:22)

Even as President Obama’s talking points champion the middle class and condemn how our economy caters to the very rich, the truth behind modern American capitalism is a story of continued inequality and hardship. Even a modest increase in the minimum wage—as suggested by the president—faces opposition from those who apparently pledge allegiance first and foremost to America’s wealthy and powerful. Some, however, aren’t just wringing their hands about our economic crisis; they’re fighting back. In this edition of Moyers & Company, economist Richard Wolff joins Bill to shed light on the disaster left behind in capitalism’s wake and discusses how to battle for economic justice. Wolff has written many books on the effects of rampant capitalism, including Capitalism Hits the Fan. Broadcast dates: February 22, 2013; June 7, 2013; and August 9, 2013. (48 minutes)

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TEDTalks: Chrystia Freeland—The rise of the new global super-rich

TEDTalks: Chrystia Freeland—The rise of the new global super-rich (15:21)

Technology is advancing in leaps and bounds -- and so is economic inequality, says writer Chrystia Freeland. In an impassioned talk, she charts the rise of a new class of plutocrats (those who are extremely powerful because they are extremely wealthy), and suggests that globalization and new technology are actually fueling, rather than closing, the global income gap. Freeland lays out three problems with plutocracy and one glimmer of hope.

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