Moyers & Company, March 01 2012: On Winner-Take-All Politics
In this encore presentation, Bill Moyers investigates America’s economic disparity — how it happened and who’s to blame.
Encore Broadcast: On Winner-Take-All Politics
March 1, 2012
A version of this program originally aired January 13, 2012
How, in a nation as wealthy as America, can the economy simply stop working for people at large, while super-serving those at the very top? This weekend, in an encore broadcast of the premiere episode of Moyers & Company, Bill Moyers looks at America’s economic disparity and investigates how it happened and who’s to blame. His detectives: political scientists Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson, authors of Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer — And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class. Through exhaustive research and analysis, Hacker and Pierson — whom Moyers regards as the “Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson” of economics — detail important truths behind a 30-year economic assault against the middle class.
Moyers calls the book “the best account I’ve seen of how politicians rewrote the rules to create a winner-take-all economy that favors the 1% over everyone else, putting our once and future middle class in peril.”
The show includes testimony of middle class Americans at a Senate hearing about the impact of hard times on families, as well as an essay on how Occupy Wall Street reflects a widespread belief that politics no longer works for ordinary people, including footage we took at the OWS rally from October-December 2011.
Episode webpage: http://billmoyers.com/episode/encore-broadcast-on-winner-take-all-politics/
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