Saving Capitalism

Synopsis: 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 ...
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Jacob Kornbluth, Sari Gilman (co-director)
Actors: Robert Reich
Production: Netflix
90 min

In 1964, I got a job on a radio station.

They needed somebody from midnight to,

it must have been, 4:00 or 6:00 a.m.

The station policy was you can only play

the same Top 10 songs,

over and over and over again.

I just... I was so bored, that I... I...

I announced on the air,

"If anybody's listening to this program

and would like to engage

in a little bit of a banter,

just a little discussion -

not much, just 30 seconds -

it would be great.

And I'll give you 25 bucks,

the first person who calls in."

This was before talk radio, by the way.

And nobody called in.

I upped it to $50.

Nobody called in.

I got up to $100.

Not a soul called in.

And I had a feeling...

of what so many people have felt,

and continued to feel for years,

of desperately wanting to be heard...

and nobody is listening.

The whole world is watching!

Protect who you serve!

You work for us!

Work hard - we have!

There's a huge amount of anger

and frustration in the United States.

It's been growing for years.

People are worried about their jobs,

they're worried about their wages.

They feel like they don't have a voice

in deciding anything

that pertains to them,

politically or economically.

I pick this up everywhere I go.

Americans all over the country

are asking...

"How can we make our voices heard?"

Well, thank you.

The name of the book is Saving Capitalism.

I've got two kinds of reactions

just to the title.

"Saving Capitalism? Wait a minute.

That implies that

there's something wrong with capitalism."

How are you paying for this?

There are others who say...

"Why would you want to save capitalism?"

Robert Reich,

Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley

and former Secretary of Labor

under President Clinton.

You've captured this moment

in American culture

and politics very well in this book.

It's Saving Capitalism:

For the Many, Not the Few.

We've got 20 seconds. Can you...?

I thought we'd have

more time than that.

Can you define the aspirations

of the middle class today,

as opposed to 30 years ago?

I think the aspiration

of the middle class today

is almost exactly what it was

30 years ago.

That is:
"Let's have a better life."

"If I'm working hard,

I want my children to have a better life."

Upward mobility is what people expect from

this system, but they aren't getting it.

Most Americans now

have severe doubts about the system.

They think the system is rigged.

The real issue is,

is the system working for most people,

or is it working for a very small group,

becoming smaller and smaller at the top?

Robert Reich, thank you very much

for being with us.

Former Labor Secretary

under President Clinton...

These days, a lot of people certainly know

the game is rigged.

They hear that, they feel it.

But they don't know

exactly how it's rigged.

I wanted to go to where people

didn't really know me, my books...

I wanted to go to places

where I could actually interact.

I didn't expect to sell many books,

but I did hope to learn something.

You found us.

- Hi, Yuja.

- Welcome.

- Nice to see you.

- So great to finally meet you.

Look who we found.


-Reverend Sandoval.

-Welcome to Kansas City.


-Thank you.

-Claudia Nelson.

Hi, Claudia.

-You're Chair of the Board?

-I'm the Chair.

I am a part of this work

because of my family and my community.

My youngest son, Paul,

is married and has four little children.

He's worked all of his life.

But unlike when I started to work

as a young person,

he seems to find jobs

that don't have a livable wage.

They're not full-time jobs.

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