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 the twentieth century. He has written fiften books, including the best-sellers Aftershock, The Work of Nations, Beyond Outrage and, Saving Capitalism. He is also a founding editor of The American Prospect magazine, 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." He's co-creator of the Netflix original documentary "Saving Capitalism," which is streaming now.

 
 

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In 2018, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft spent 70.9 million dollars on lobbying and supporting candidate. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Why We Need to Break Up Big Tech
The combined wealth of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, and Google’s Sergey Brin, and Larry Page is larger than the combined wealth of the bottom half of the American population. They are the leaders of a second Gilded Age – ushered in by semiconductors, software and the internet –...
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"Just remember," writes economist Robert Reich, "the 'center' is not halfway between what most Americans want and what big corporations, Wall Street, and the super-wealthy want. The 'center' is what the vast majority of Americans want." (Image: Inequality Media) Views
Saturday, June 22, 2019
Surprise! The "Center" in US Politics Is Very Progressive
Donald Trump, Fox News, and Republicans in Congress label proposals they disagree with "fringe," "radical," or "socialist." Well, let’s see where the American people actually stand: On the economy, 76 percent of Americans favor higher taxes on the super-rich , including over half of registered...
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Trump and his Republican enablers are playing magicians who distract us by shouting “look here!” at the paranoid fantasy of a Deep State, while creating a Corrupt State under our noses. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Trump's "Deep State" Is Trump’s Corrupt State
Trump has been ramping up his “Deep State” rhetoric again. He’s back to blaming a cabal of bureaucrats, FBI and CIA agents, Democrats, and “enemies of the people” in the mainstream media, for conspiring to remove him from office in order to allow the denizens of foreign shi*tholes to overrun...
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Trumponomics has been a disaster. (Photo: Screenshot/Youtube) Views
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
The 7 Biggest Failures of Trumponomics
Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress keep crowing about the economy, when in reality Trumponomics has been a disaster. Here are its 7 biggest failures: 1. Trump promised to bring down America’s trade deficit “ as fast as possible .” Instead, the trade deficit has hit an all-time high . The...
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Don’t let them scare you with words like "socialism." These policies are just common sense. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Monday, June 10, 2019
The Same Old Scare Tactic About Socialism
I keep hearing a lot about “socialism” these days, mainly from Donald Trump and Fox News, trying to scare Americans about initiatives like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, universal child care, free public higher education, and higher taxes on the super-wealthy to pay for these. Well, I’m here...
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Uber drivers are supporting families with children, yet 40% depend on Medicaid and another 18% on food stamps. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, June 06, 2019
The Gig (Economy) Is Up
Uber just filed its first quarterly report as a publicly traded company. Although it lost $1bn, investors may still do well because the losses appear to be declining. Uber drivers, on the other hand, aren't doing well . According to a recent study, about half of New York's Uber drivers are...
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“We can have democracy in this country or we can have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few." (Photo: Illustration by GraphicaArtis/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
What Does Oligarchy Mean? That We're Screwed.
“Oligarchy” means government of and by a few at the top, who exercise power for their own benefit. It comes from the Greek word oligarkhes , meaning “few to rule or command.” Even a system that calls itself a democracy can become an oligarchy if power becomes concentrated in the hands of a few very...
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Prohibition also hurts the economy in terms of lost wages. (Photo: Getty) Views
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Why We Must Legalize Marijuana
The federal prohibition on marijuana has been a disaster. For decades, millions of Americans have been locked up and billions of dollars have been wasted. It’s also deepened racial and economic inequality. We must end this nonsensical prohibition. The facts are staggering. I n 2017, more Americans...
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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
The U.S. Constitution Demands the House Undertake a Trump Impeachment Inquiry
Donald Trump is causing a constitutional crisis with his blanket refusal to respond to any subpoenas. So what happens now? An impeachment inquiry in the House won’t send him packing before election day 2020 because Senate Republicans won’t convict him of impeachment. So the practical political...
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Why We Need a Wealth Tax
The crisis of income inequality in America is well-known, but there is another economic crisis developing much faster and with worse consequences. I’m talking about inequality of wealth . The wealth gap is now staggering. In the 1970s, the wealthiest tenth of Americans owned about a third of the...
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