Another excellent documentary on life for working-class and lower middles-class communities in the United States of America from the German broadcaster DW. Twenty-four minutes into the video the film crew visit an impoverished town in Appalachia where once a year hundreds of men, women and children line up to seek free assembly line health care from doctors and dentists over the course of a weekend thanks to the efforts of a charitable organisation. It’s an extraordinary sight for a highly developed and otherwise incredibly rich Western nation.
It’s telling that the administrators for the DW channel on YouTube had to switch off the commenting facility under the video after being overwhelmed with a veritable torrent of abusive and derogatory remarks about the individuals and families featured in the documentary. Most of which, at the time they were still visible, made sycophantic references to the US president Donald Trump while also offering up conspiracy theories and paranoid claims about the actions of “liberals” in America.