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. The author of many 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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If Amazon’s 840,000 employees owned the same proportion of their employer’s stock as Sears workers did in the 1950s—a quarter of the company—each would now own shares worth an average of about $386,904. (Photo: Reed Saxon/AP) Views
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
A Message to the Bosses: Share the Profits!
After the bruising crises we’re now going through, it would be wonderful if we could somehow emerge a fairer nation. One possibility is to revive an old idea: sharing the profits. The original idea for businesses to share profits with workers emerged from the tumultuous period when America shifted...
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Thanks to the abandonment of antitrust, we’re now living in a new Gilded Age, as consolidation has inflated corporate profits, suppressed worker pay, supercharged economic inequality, and stifled innovation. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, July 08, 2020
Beware the 21st Century Robber Barons
Why do big corporations continue to win while workers get shafted? It all comes down to power: who has it, and who doesn’t. Big corporations have become so dominant that workers and consumers have fewer options and have to accept the wages and prices these giant corporations offer. This has become...
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 A boat taking part in a boat parade for the re-election of President Donald Trump passes by Point State Park on the Allegheny River on July 4, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Roughly 30 boats and a group of 50 supporters along the shoreline showed up for the event though over 10,000 people had signed up online for the event. (Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images) Views
Monday, July 06, 2020
Trump and the GOP's Handling of Covid-19 Is Sheer Lunacy
Donald Trump said last Thursday’s jobs report, which showed an uptick in June, proves the economy is “ roaring back. ” Rubbish. The Labor Department gathered the data during the week of June 12, when America was reporting 25,000 new cases of Covid-19 per day. By the time the report was issued last...
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President Donald J. Trump speaks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House before departing on Marine One on Saturday, June 20, 2020 in Washington DC. President Trump is scheduled to hold his first campaign rally since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo: Sarah Silbiger for The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
Trump Doesn't Believe in Democracy—Here's His 25-Step Reelection Plan
Trump will do anything to be re-elected. His opponents are limited because they believe in democracy. Trump has no limits because he doesn’t. Here’s Trump’s re-election playbook, in 25 simple steps: 1. Declare yourself above the law. 2. Use racist fearmongering. Demand “law and order” and describe...
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This pandemic has exposed what has long been true: On the global stage, America is the exception, but not in the way we would like to believe. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
America Is Exceptional in All the Wrong Ways
As our incompetent president flounders in the face of crises – leading the worst coronavirus response in the industrialized world, and seeking to crush nationwide protests for black lives – the hard truth about this country comes into focus: America is not exceptional, but it is the exception. No...
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Trump spouts a shocking amount of misinformation during his daily press briefings, but it’s Fox News’ equally misleading coverage of the crisis that closes the lethal circuit of lies. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
The Deadly Fox News-Trump Syndicate
As the coronavirus crisis rages on, Fox News is contributing almost as much to the deaths and disease as is Trump’s White House. Trump spouts a shocking amount of misinformation during his daily press briefings, but it’s Fox News’ equally misleading coverage of the crisis that closes the lethal...
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Since moving into the Oval Office in January 2017, Trump hasn’t shown an ounce of interest in governing. He obsesses only about himself. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
Donald Trump Is No Longer President
You’d be forgiven if you hadn’t noticed. His verbal bombshells are louder than ever, but Donald J. Trump is no longer president of the United States. By having no constructive response to any of the monumental crises now convulsing America, Trump has abdicated his office. He is not governing. He’s...
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Systematic inequality in America has produced two very different pandemics. (Photo: Screenshot/Youtube) Views
Friday, May 22, 2020
A Tale of Two Pandemics
No description of the coronavirus is more misleading than calling it "the great equalizer." The horrific truth is that Native Americans, Latinos, and African-Americans are dying at much higher rates than white people. The horrific truth is that Native Americans, Latinos, and African-Americans are...
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Musk’s thin-skinned, petulant narcissism bears an uncanny resemblance to Donald Trump, who last week tweeted, "California should let Tesla and @elonmusk open the plant, NOW."(Photo: flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
The Privileged and Powerful in the Pandemic
As America reopens for business, you might expect Jeff Bezos, the richest man in America, and his Amazon corporation, one of the most profitable corporations in America, to set the corporate standard for how to protect the health of American workers. Think again. Amazon’s warehouses have become...
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Any rush to reopen without adequate testing and tracing—a massive increase from what we’re doing now—will cause even more deaths and a longer economic crisis. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
The Real Reason Trump Wants to Reopen the Economy
Donald Trump is getting nervous. Internal polls show him losing in November unless the economy comes roaring back. So what is Trump’s reelection strategy? Ignore the warnings of public health experts and reopen the economy at all costs. Here’s his lethal 4-part plan: Step 1: Remove income support,...
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