Al Jazeera: The Top 1% in America

Al Jazeera forced many Westerns viewers to take their reporting seriously during the Egyptian uprising this spring, and now the Qatar-based news network has released a timely reportage (Aug. 2) on the fault lines in America — on the gap between rich and poor that only grew wider this week. Alexis de Tocqueville they’re not. There’s no subtle sociology here. But, at the same time, I suspect that this foreign perspective on the U.S. won’t appear unfamiliar to many Americans. The program runs 24 minutes, and other shows in the Fault Lines series can be viewed on YouTube here. H/T @courosa

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  • Robin öberg says:

    Individual liberty –> egocentrism
    Freedom of expression is void in the US
    Free competition –> Monopolisation for the rich
    Legal egalitarianism is an illllusion indoctrinated into the working class hero

    Now, stop watching Fox News :)

  • Ivo says:

    How does the accusation that certain countries and cultures in the middle east treat their people unfairly justify the actions of politicians and rich in the US? You are ridiculously suggesting that because we aren’t at the bottom of your imagined social ladder that we shouldn’t even dare to look at our own problems and improve them.

    As a US citizen I can’t change the middle east but I should be able to influence change in my own nation.

  • Leishalynn says:

    Great documentary — concise and truthful. I hope they win an award for it.

  • Feel Free to Comment says:

    “majority of Americans?” might I point out that in the past five elections that the “majority” are divided nearly straight down the middle in the popular vote between the two major parties. The reason such a view would be produced is that most democratic states have vast metropolitan areas whereas conservatives typically live in more rural settings, which most surveys have trouble reaching.
    You might also take notice of the fact that most key areas of financial exchange where I would assume the majority of the top 1% live or spend most of their time(Miami, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, D.C., etc) where the majority of the financial disparity is felt due to higher living costs are already supporting such measures for workers by having minimum wages far beyond the federal limit along with many other necessities. To raise the federal minimum wage to some of the proposed targets nearing $9.00 and other benefits would destroy rural area’s means of competing with the cities.
    On the other hand, the idea that the rich will invest in the producer side of the economy to boost growth before consumer products doesn’t make sense to me. If we ever do cut taxes on the wealthy, I’m hoping it’s later on after the economy has stabilized. Overall, this isn’t just about the poor masses vs. the rich (which are very difficult to define based on various areas’ cost of living to income ratio). It’s also about the rural areas vs the cities; inland America vs. the coasts. While we talk of the collapse of the economy, the areas that were and to a point, still are, suppressed by the cities’ rapacious growth are now blooming with the slow balancing occurring over time between the economies within the U.S.. I like Al Jazeera. The stuff they have reported on in war zones is gold for people wanting to see the unsaid cons of the U.S. military’s grip in foreign nations. However, this is not their best documentary/newscast. They need to do a little more digging into U.S. regionalism and economic development in the past decade before summing our problems in the plight of the metropolitan cities’ worker population. Not all Americans live like the rich and poor in L.A. and N.Y.C.

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