Wednesday, July 18, 2012 | Categories: Episodes |
Occupy K Street demonstrators protest in the street of Washington October 29, 2011. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana
Over the past 30 years, the benefits of economic growth in Canada, the
US and much of the rest of the world, have gone increasingly to the top
one percent of the population. For the majority of families, however,
incomes have stagnated. This rise in inequality coincided with a sea
change in government policy. Beginning in the 1980s, governments in much
of the English-speaking world embarked on what has been called the
neoliberal revolution - deregulation, privatization and tax cuts, aimed
at liberating markets and stimulating the economy. The rising tide was
supposed to lift all boats, but it didn't. Jill Eisen explores what happened.
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Left Behind was originally broadcast on Ideas in January 2012 and broadcast on Ideas in the Afternoon in May 2012. The 3-part series is being re-broadcast on July 11, 18 & 25.