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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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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Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 7:30am
Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is a Pending Disaster
Republicans who now run Congress say they want to cooperate with President Obama, and point to the administration’s Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, as the model. The only problem is the TPP would be a disaster. If you haven’t heard much about the TPP, that’s part of the problem right there. It...
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Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 8:30am
Out with 2014, In with 2015, and Up with People
We’ve made progress this year — raising the minimum wage in dozens of states and cities, providing equal marriage rights in a majority of states, limiting carbon emissions. But there’s far more to do. The economy looks like it’s improving but most Americans are still stuck in recession, and almost...
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Monday, December 29, 2014 - 7:15am
The Republican's Magical Mystery Tour (Coming Soon)
According to reports , one of the first acts of the Republican congress will be to fire Doug Elmendorf, current director of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, because he won’t use “dynamic scoring” for his economic projections. Dynamic scoring is the magical-mystery math Republicans have...
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 7:30am
Wall Street’s Democrats
In Washington’s coming budget battles, sacred cows like the tax deductions for home mortgage interest and charitable donations are likely to be on the table along with potential cuts to Social Security and Medicare. But no one on Capitol Hill believes Wall Street’s beloved carried-interest tax...
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Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 10:45am
Patrolling the Boundaries Inside America
America is embroiled in an immigration debate that goes far beyond President Obama’s executive order on undocumented immigrants. It goes to the heart of who “we” are. And it’s roiling communities across the nation. In early November, school officials in Orinda, California, hired a private detective...
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