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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The Supreme Court recently ruled it has no power to intervene when states use partisan gerrymandering to draw these maps, saying it is an issue for state legislatures and state courts. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
The Secret GOP Plan to Keep Power
In 2020, we need to pay attention to state elections as well as elections for president and Congress. State elections could decide whether the Republican Party further corrupts American democracy. As demographics change—and America becomes more diverse and more liberal —the GOP has responded by...
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In 2018 a record number of women, people of color, and LGBTQ representatives were elected to Congress, including the first Muslim women. (Photo: Steve Eason/Flickr/cc) Views
Monday, September 16, 2019
Reasons for Optimism
If stagnant wages, near-record inequality, climate change, nuclear buildups, assault weapons, mass killings, trade wars, opioid deaths, Russian intrusions into American elections, kids locked in cages at our border, and Donald Trump in the White House don’t at least occasionally cause you feelings...
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When workers are unionized they can negotiate better wages, which in turn spreads the economic gains more evenly and strengthens the middle class. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Tuesday, September 03, 2019
5 Biggest Corporate Lies About Unions
Wealthy corporations and their enablers have spread 5 big lies about unions in order to stop workers from organizing and to protect their own bottom-lines. Know the truth and spread the truth. Lie #1: Labor unions are bad for workers. Wrong. Unions are good for all workers – even those who are not...
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Devote your time and energy to getting others organized and mobilized. It’s going to take a grassroots movement of Americans to take our country back from those who seek to divide us. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Thursday, August 29, 2019
9 Ways to Stay Sane During the Primaries
As the presidential primaries get underway, it’s easy to get burnt out or overwhelmed by all the candidates and their platforms. Here are 9 ways to stay sane through the madness of the presidential primaries. 1. Look for a candidate with the right ingredients to inspire you and others. The next...
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Thursday, August 22, 2019
How to Become a Corporate CEO Scam Artist in Five Easy Steps
Average CEO pay at big corporations topped 14.5 million dollars in 2018. That’s after an increase of 5.2 million dollars per CEO over the past decade, while the average worker’s pay has increased just 7,858 dollars over the decade. Just to catch up to what their CEO made in 2018 alone, it would...
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 In America today, your life chances depend largely on how you started – where you grew up and how much your parents earned. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Thursday, August 08, 2019
The Myth of the Rugged Individual
The American dream promises that anyone can make it if they work hard enough and play by the rules. Anyone can make it by pulling themselves up by their “bootstraps.” Baloney. The truth is: In America today, your life chances depend largely on how you started —where you grew up and how much your...
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The Framers anticipated the possibility of a Donald Trump. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Friday, July 26, 2019
Why Impeach Trump? It's the Right Thing to Do
In today’s political climate, the question of whether or not to impeach the President of the United States is often thought of in political terms. But there is a much deeper concern at the heart of the question. An impeachment inquiry in the House is unlikely to send Trump packing before Election...
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When corporations get special handouts from the government, it costs the rest of us.(Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
How Corporate Welfare Hurts You
You often hear Trump and Republicans in Congress railing against so-called “welfare programs” – by which they mean programs that provide health care or safety nets to ordinary Americans. But you almost never hear them complaining about another form of welfare that lines the pockets of wealthy...
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From the start, Trump’s deal with the oligarchy has been simple: he’ll stoke tribalism so most Americans won’t see CEOs getting exorbitant pay while they’re slicing the pay of average workers. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, July 09, 2019
America’s Real Divide Isn’t Left vs. Right. It’s Democracy vs. Oligarchy
I keep hearing that the Democratic party has moved “left” and that some Democratic candidates may be "too far left." But in this era of unprecedented concentration of wealth and political power at the top, I can’t help wondering what it means to be “left.” A half-century ago, when America had a...
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About 60 percent of all the wealth in America today is inherited. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Tuesday, July 02, 2019
Abolish the Billionaires!
America now has more billionaires than at any time in history, while most Americans are struggling to make ends meet. With such staggering inequality, it’s fair to ask: should we abolish billionaires? There are basically only four ways to accumulate a billion dollars – and none of them is a product...
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