While these economic and class divides seem more pronounced than ever before, the impressive new documentary Plutocracy: Political Repression in the USA reveals that the core of these struggles pre-date the beginnings of the industrialized labor force.
The long and painful journey towards achieving worker rights
and fair wages has been marked by violence, discrimination, and
The industry itself chose to fight back with the importation of replacement workers, and the structuring of new contracts which disallowed workers from joining a union.
The fight for freedom from the tyranny
of wealthy industrialists was fraught by thousands of lives lost,
and many more wounded and incarcerated.
figures of the day paid destitute soldiers to fight on their behalf,
and some like business magnate
John D. Rockefeller could escape the
burdens of service by making a cash payment of three hundred
Change only becomes possible when the working masses band together under the shelter of a common cause of fair and equal rights. 'Plutocracy: Political Repression in the USA' is a smart and engrossing tale of an issue which continues to drive economic instability and power dynamics today.
The film honors the
sacrifices of all those who have battled to win the freedoms we
enjoy today, and reminds us of the importance of demanding equality
for all and speaking truth to power.