After watching the film:

1) The film focuses heavily on a moral condemnation of capitalism. Do you agree with that approach? Many Marxists prefer what they call a scientific critique of capitalism? Which do you prefer? Which is more effective in touching the experiences of working-class people?

2) How does the film explain the development of the “middle class” in the mid-20th century? What conditions saw the improved standard of living for many working class people?

3) The film notes the Reagan era as a dividing line between the rise of the “middle class” and its current decline. What policies did Reagan usher in and why? What were the results?

4. Corporations repeatedly claim that cutting jobs will allow them to save money and stay in business. Why does this not seem to work much in the examples detailed in the film?