Robert Reich

Robert Reich, one of the nation’s leading experts on work and the economy, is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. Time Magazine has named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the last century. He has written thirteen books, including his latest best-seller, Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future; The Work of Nations; Locked in the Cabinet; Supercapitalism; and his newest, Beyond Outrage. His syndicated columns, television appearances, and public radio commentaries reach millions of people each week. He is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine, and Chairman of the citizen’s group Common Cause. His widely-read blog can be found at www.robertreich.org.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 11:15am
The Big Chill: How Big Money Is Buying Off Criticism of Big Money
Not long ago I was asked to speak to a religious congregation about widening inequality. Shortly before I began, the head of the congregation asked that I not advocate raising taxes on the wealthy. He said he didn’t want to antagonize certain wealthy congregants on whose generosity the congregation...
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 7:00am
The Rise of the Working Poor and the Non-Working Rich
Many believe that poor people deserve to be poor because they’re lazy. As Speaker John Boehner has said , the poor have a notion that “I really don’t have to work. I don’t really want to do this. I think I’d rather just sit around.” In reality, a large and growing share of the nation’s poor work...
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 7:00am
The 'iEverything' and the Redistributional Imperative
It’s now possible to sell a new product to hundreds of millions of people without needing many, if any, workers to produce or distribute it. At its prime in 1988, Kodak, the iconic American photography company, had 145,000 employees . In 2012, Kodak filed for bankruptcy. The same year Kodak went...
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Monday, March 9, 2015 - 9:15am
The Conundrum of Corporation and Nation
The U.S. economy is picking up steam but most Americans aren't feeling it. By contrast, most European economies are still in bad shape, but most Europeans are doing relatively well. What's behind this? Two big facts. First, American corporations exert far more political influence in the United...
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 12:45pm
Will the Democratic Nominee for 2016 Take on the Moneyed Interests?
It’s seed time for the 2016 presidential elections, when candidates try to figure out what they stand for and will run on. One thing seems reasonably clear. The Democratic nominee for President, whoever she may be, will campaign on reviving the American middle class. As will the Republican nominee...
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Monday, February 23, 2015 - 3:45pm
Why We’re All Becoming Independent Contractors
GM is worth around $60 billion , and has over 200,000 employees. Its front-line workers earn from $19 to $28.50 an hour, with benefits. Uber is estimated to be worth some $40 billion , and has 850 employees. Uber also has over 163,000 drivers (as of December – the number is expected to double by...
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 6:30am
How Trade Deals Boost the Top 1% and Bust the Rest
Suppose that by enacting a particular law we’d increase the U.S.Gross Domestic Product. But almost all that growth would go to the richest 1 percent. 
 The rest of us could buy some products cheaper than before. But those gains would be offset by losses of jobs and wages. This is pretty much what “...
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Monday, February 2, 2015 - 4:15pm
Welcome to the Share-the-Scraps Economy
How would you like to live in an economy where robots do everything that can be predictably programmed in advance, and almost all profits go to the robots’ owners? Meanwhile, human beings do the work that’s un predictable – odd jobs, on-call projects, fetching and fixing, driving and delivering,...
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 10:15am
Wall Street’s Threat to the American Middle Class
Presidential aspirants in both parties are talking about saving the middle class. But the middle class can’t be saved unless Wall Street is tamed. The Street’s excesses pose a continuing danger to average Americans. And its ongoing use of confidential corporate information is defrauding millions of...
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Monday, January 19, 2015 - 2:30pm
The New Compassionate Conservatism and Trickle-Down Economics
Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney are zeroing in on inequality as America’s fundamental economic problem. Bush’s new Political Action Committee, called “ The Right to Rise ,” declares “the income gap is real” but that “only conservative principles can solve it.” Mitt Romney likewise promised last week that...
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