Nickel and Dimed from The American Ruling Class (video)

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June 06, 2007

Barbara Ehrenreich is featured in this musical excerpt from The American Ruling Class, a “dramatic-documentary-musical” starring Harper’s Magazine editor emeritus Lewis Lapham.

“Divine madness” says The Montreal Mirror.

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PBS: NOW: Income Inequality (video link)

4 thoughts on “Nickel and Dimed from The American Ruling Class (video)

  1. Actually, Andy, I think it’s possible to lift up the floor without raising the roof any higher. Some countries in Europe have done so, and there was actually a period in US history after WWII where the pie was divided far more equitably. The reason that CEO and hedgefund manager pay is so much higher than what workers recieve isin’t some immutable law of economics, but actually something that the society can legislate… and has in the past. That congress (or the powerful members therein) claim it can’t is their way of tamping down the aspirations of ordinary people to control their lives (and so reduce the power of the party bosses and their friends in corporations).

    An intentionally defunct education system and perpetual war are two other ways the oligarchs maintain their power at home and abroad.


    John Kirby
    (director, The American Ruling Class)

  2. i appreciate the sentiment of this video but I feel like these sorts of things, while well meaning, don’t ever offer up any answers. I mean, its a nice albeit guilty nod to the common man from the editor of blah blah blah, but shit– really? If we raise wages for entry level jobs we need to raise wages for skilled or white collar jobs. Ok, so what happens then? Its all relative. Manhattan is expensive because it can be and has to be, not because it decided to be.

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