Robert Reich

Robert Reich

Robert Reich, is the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a senior fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as secretary of labor in the Clinton administration, for which Time magazine named him one of the 10 most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century. His book include:  "Aftershock" (2011), "The Work of Nations" (1992), "Beyond Outrage" (2012) and, "Saving Capitalism" (2016). He is also a founding editor of The American Prospect magazine, former chairman of Common Cause, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and co-creator of the award-winning documentary, "Inequality For All." Reich's newest book is "The Common Good" (2019). He's co-creator of the Netflix original documentary "Saving Capitalism," which is streaming now.

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US President Joe Biden speaks with workers at Taqueria Las Gemelas (Twin Girls), a restaurant located in Northeast Washington, DC, on May 5, 2021. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm / AFP) Views
Wednesday, May 05, 2021
The United States a 100 Days Into Biden's Presidency and 100 Days Without Trump
By almost any measure, Joe Biden's first 100 days have been hugely successful. Getting millions of Americans inoculated against COVID-19 and beginning to revive the economy are central to that success. Two thirds of Americans support Biden's $1.9 stimulus plan, already enacted. His infrastructure...
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), joined by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), speaks during a news conference to announce the introduction of S. 1, the For the People Act, in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. (Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Time to Choose: Democracy or Authoritariansim
Republican-controlled state legislatures have introduced over 361 voter suppression bills in 47 states , and some states, like Georgia , have already enacted them into law. There’s only one way to stop this assault on our democracy. It’s called the FOR THE PEOPLE ACT, and the window for Congress to...
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Elon Musk says SpaceX will land humans on Mars by 2026 and wants to establish a colony by 2050. Its purpose, he says, will be to ensure the continued survival of our species. (Photo: flicker/cc) Views
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk: Uncaring Billionaires Lost in Space
Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos want to colonize outer space to save humanity, but they couldn’t care less about protecting the rights of workers here on earth. Musk’s SpaceX just won a $2.9 billion NASA contract to land astronauts on the moon, beating out Bezos. "The rich have also found ways to protect...
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A portrait of Maya Katz-Ali with her new car charging at a station along Lakeshore Avenue, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. Katz-Ali recently bought the electric car with the help of an incentive through the state's Clean Cars for All program, which is designed to help Californians from diverse backgrounds purchase zero-emissions vehicles. (Photo: Santiago Mejia/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images) Views
Monday, April 19, 2021
Biden's New Industrial Policy Must Not Repeat the Mistakes of the Past
America is about to revive an idea that was left for dead decades ago. It's called industrial policy, and it's at the heart of Joe Biden's plans to restructure the U.S. economy. The dirty little secret is that America already has an industrial policy, but one that's focused on pumping up profits...
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) talks to reporters with Sen. John Thune (R-SD) (L) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) following the weekly Senate Republican caucus luncheon in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill March 16, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Monday, April 12, 2021
The Terrible Deal Between Corporate America and the GOP Is Alive and Well
For four decades, the basic deal between big American corporations and politicians has been simple. Corporations provide campaign funds. Politicians reciprocate by lowering corporate taxes and doing whatever else corporations need to boost profits. The deal has proven beneficial to both sides,...
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Only 6.4% of America’s private-sector workers are unionized, providing little collective pressure on Amazon, Walmart, or other major employers to treat their workers any better. (Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, April 06, 2021
Don't Be Fooled, Corporate America Is Crushing the Working Class
The most dramatic change in the system over the last half-century has been the emergence of corporate giants like Amazon and the shrinkage of labor unions. The resulting power imbalance has spawned near-record inequalities of income and wealth, corruption of democracy by big money, and the...
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Joe Biden delivers a speech at the William Hicks Anderson Community Center, on July 28, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) Views
Monday, April 05, 2021
Joe Biden as Mr. Fix It
Joe Biden is embarking on the biggest government initiative in more than a half century, "unlike anything we have seen or done since we built the interstate highway system and the space race decades go," he says. But when it comes to details, it sounds as boring as fixing the plumbing. "Under the...
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People participate in a "March on Billionaires" event on July 17, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Views
Friday, April 02, 2021
Tax the Rich. Here's How
Income and wealth are now more concentrated at the top than at any time over the last 80 years, and our unjust tax system is a big reason why. The tax code is rigged for the rich, enabling a handful of wealthy individuals to exert undue influence over our economy and democracy. Conservatives fret...
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks to the media after a tour of part of the Rio Grande river on a Texas Department of Public Safety boat on March 26, 2021 in Mission, Texas. The senator is part of a Senate delegation visiting the Texas-Mexican border. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Views
Monday, March 29, 2021
Republicans Fabricate "Crisis" of Violent Immigrants Crossing the Border
Republicans are outraged—outraged!—at the surge of migrants at the southern border. The House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, declares it a "crisis … created by the presidential policies of this new administration." The Arizona congressman Andy Biggs claims "we go through some periods where we...
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Jeff Bezos, chairman and founder of Amazon.com and owner of the Washington Post, addresses the Economic Club of New York, at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, October 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Monday, March 22, 2021
Why Is Amazon Abusing Its Workers? Because It Can
The most dramatic change in American capitalism over the last half century has been the emergence of corporate behemoths like Amazon and the simultaneous shrinkage of organized labor. The resulting imbalance has spawned near-record inequalities of income and wealth, corruption of democracy by big...
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