The Prophetic Documentary on Misguided Economic Policies
THE BUSINESS OF AMERICA...
Free Streaming Until 9/15/18
Although released in 1984 during the height of the Reagan era, California Newsreel’s
critique of that administration’s economic agenda remains relevant as fierce debates
continue on U.S. trade policies, corporate taxation and investments and how best to
resurrect manufacturing for well paying employment opportunities for workers and
The Business of America... probed the economic assumption that private
corporations can be trusted to make the investments upon which all Americans depend.
The film contrasted two Pittsburgh steelworkers (who today might represent the “Trump voters”)
conventional faith in private enterprise with the actual strategies and priorities of a giant
corporation, U.S. Steel. It traced their growing realization that despite "supply side"
business claims, increased profits did not "trickle down" to working Americans.
The Business of America... has been labeled “A compelling and insightful
chronicle of America’s deindustrialization” by former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich,
California Newsreel is offering the film for free streaming until September 15, 2018. We hope
that the film’s accurate data will serve as a useful tool to counter the current faulty analysis
and attempts to revive failed policies.