I’ve long accepted a notion that Robert Reich, the respected Berkeley-based professor, economist (Bill Clinton‘s secretary of labor from ’93 to ’97), author, documentarian (Inequality For All and political commentator, is the 21st Century’s Howard Zinn — a brilliant, plain-spoken seer who really does seem to carry the whole equation around in his head, and who’s been explaining it all in concise YouTube videos (over 200 so far) for the last four or five years.

The below video is on the longish side, but it explains how the four basic narratives of the American experience have been used and re-used over the decades.