Reviewed bybettycjungVote: 8/10/10
11/24/17. This is the pundit everyone should listen to. Really. Thereare too many talking heads spewing hot air, but Reich is the modern dayCitizen Renaissance Man. He's got the economy covered like the way itshould be covered. Just like the fear of math holds back many peoplefrom better paying jobs, the fear of economics holds back most peoplefrom admitting their ignorance and thus lure them into losing theirnest eggs to unscrupulous money managers, financial planners, etc. And,don't forget who is pulling back on regulating these people fromunethical practices. Sad to say, Reich is the modern day Cassandrawarning of impending doom while people are ignoring his insight aspolitical propaganda. It is not. It is straight talk. Entities thatmake the money do not need to be bailed out. While they are beingbailed out, it is the working people who suffer the most. Do you reallythink that when corporations get a tax break that the money they savefrom having to pay taxes will be plowed back into their companies somore jobs will be created? Think again. AI and robots are just aroundthe corner to take over jobs that can be easily automated. That's wherethe money is going to go, if it goes back to the company and theirworkers at all. When the working people start to realize this, thenperhaps we can realistically address the inequities and inequalitiesthat are continually supported by people who make all the money andwant to keep it that way.
Reviewed byHellmantVote: 7/10/10
'SAVING CAPITALISM': Three and a Half Stars (Out of Five)
A documentary about capitalism in modern society, starring liberalpolitician Robert Reich. It was released by Netflix, through theirstreaming site, and it was directed by Sari Gilman and Jacob Kornbluth.The film title is also the name of Reich's new book, which he discussescontinuously throughout the movie. I found the doc to be decently made,and somewhat informative.
Reich speaks in front of multiple audiences (of all kinds of differentpeople), about his book, and interviews several different individualsas well. He also speaks to several other politicians, addressing themajor issues with capitalism today. He informs the viewers, throughnarration, about many of the corrupt ways our government does businesstoo. The film also goes into Reich's history as a politician, professorand commentator. He served in President Gerald Ford's administration,as well as Jimmy Carter's, and he was also Secretary of Labor for BillClinton (from 1993 to 1997). So the guy is definitely an experiencedpolitician.
I usually agree with what Reich has to say, politically speaking, and Iagree with most of what he says in this film. There are times I don'tagree with him though, and I have a hard time respecting him afterknowing how close he is to the Clintons. Still I think his views aremostly true, and seemingly come from passion and commitment to makingthe world a better place. So I did like this movie. It's a little likea Michael Moore film, but less funny, and not quite as effective orwell made. You have to be a Robert Reich fan to enjoy it though,obviously.
Reviewed byjohn in missouriVote: 10/10/10
How our government and our economy work have a profound impact on everyAmerican family. Over the past 40 years, we've gone from being asociety in which our gains were broadly shared, to being one in which afew privileged elites get the lion's share of any progress we make.
We're producing twice as much wealth -- PER PERSON -- as we were in themid 1970's. Sadly, much of this wealth has been hijacked and redirectedto the wealthiest and most powerful among us. In this film, RobertReich explains, pretty clearly, how and why this has happened.
If you don't understand exactly what's happened -- and what'sCONTINUING to happen -- then you need to see this film.
Yes, it's a documentary. Documentaries aren't as exciting as the latestbig box-office smash hit. But even if you need to watch it in pieces,watch it. Because our very future is at stake, and understanding wherewe are at is key to preserving or regaining it.
Others have rightly noted that Reich doesn't present a lot of solutionshere. "Get involved" is a bit simplistic, but still, it's the firststep. And a very necessary one.
One step forward that I would recommend would be to connect with anorganization called "Represent Us" (you can find them on the web.)
In spite of the lack of "action steps," I give this a 10 out of 10 forthe importance of raising people's awareness of how our system isrigged. We can't move forward if we don't know what the game is.
SAVING CAPITALISM is a documentary film that follows former Secretary of Labor and Professor, Robert Reich, as he takes his book and his views to the heart of conservative America to speak about our economic system and present big ideas for how to fix it.