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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Over time, the unbridled pursuit of power wears down democratic institutions, erodes public trust, and breeds the sort of cynicism that invites despotism.(Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
For RBG It Was All Principle, for Mitch McConnell It’s All Power
People in public life tend to fall into one of two broad categories – those who are motivated by principle, and those motivated by power. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday night at the age of 87, exemplified the first. When he nominated her in 1993, Bill Clinton called her “the Thurgood...
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US President Donald Trump(C) listens to California Governor Gavin Newsom(D-CA) at Sacramento McClellan Airport in McClellan Park, California on September 14, 2020 during a briefing on wildfires. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP via Getty Images) Views
Monday, September 14, 2020
As the West Goes Up in Flames, Trump Couldn’t Care Less
The air outside my window is yellow today. It was orange yesterday. The Air Quality Index is over 200. The Environmental Protection Agency defines this as a “health alert” in which “everyone may experience more serious health effects if they are exposed for 24 hours.” Unfortunately, the index has...
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Sunday, September 13, 2020
Citizen Musk
The problem isn’t only that Elon Musk has a net worth of about $100 billion when tens of millions of Americans are barely getting by. It’s that he’s made this money while treating his workers so badly. His wealth quadrupled during the 4 months Tesla forced all workers to take a 10 percent pay cut...
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"Large corporations, Wall Street banks, and a relative handful of exceedingly rich individuals have gained enough political power to game the system," writes Reich. (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, September 08, 2020
Labor Day 2020: The Power Shift
On Labor Day, just eight weeks before one of the most consequential elections in American history, it’s useful to consider the economic reality that fueled Donald Trump’s victory four years ago. "The main reason is that large corporations, Wall Street banks, and a relative handful of exceedingly...
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"The big money takeover of our democracy prevents us from advancing all of the policies we need to overhaul our racist, oppressive system and create a society that works for the many, not the few," writes Reich. (Image: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, September 02, 2020
How Big Money Corrupts Our Politics (And How to Fix It)
Corporate money is dominating our democracy. It’s difficult to do anything—increase the minimum wage, reverse climate change, get Medicare for All, end police killings, fight systemic racism, shrink our bloated military—when big money controls our politics and dictates what policies are and aren’t...
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Members of Congress, writes Reich, "must step in and do four things to protect the Postal Service and the integrity of mail-in voting before it’s too late." (Photo: via Change.org) Views
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Four Things We Must Do to Save the Post Office From Trump-GOP Attack
It’s no secret Donald Trump will do anything to hold on to power. His latest strategy is to sabotage the United States Postal Service, courtesy of his handpicked Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. A Republican mega donor with no postal experience, DeJoy instituted sweeping measures that have caused...
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Protesters gather to condemn the use of federal troops on July 25, 2020 in Oakland, California. (Photo: Natasha Moustache/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Trump’s “Law and Order” Campaign is a Distraction
Trump has refused to act to contain the coronavirus, opting to sit on the sidelines as the pandemic ravages the country. But when it comes to waging violence against his own people, he’s quickly risen to the occasion. Here are 6 ways Donald Trump has failed to attack the coronavirus, but instead...
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A demonstrator holds a "Tax the Rich" sign during a protest in New York on June 27, 2020. Views
Saturday, August 15, 2020
Profiteering off the Pandemic
Since the start of the pandemic, American billionaires have been cleaning up. As more than 50 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance, billionaires became $637 billion richer . Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg’s wealth has ballooned 59 percent . Amazon’s Jeff Bezos’s, 39 percent . Walmart’s...
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"In the middle of the worst public health crisis in more than a century," writes Reich, Trump's Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is "jeopardizing the safety of our students, teachers, parents, bus drivers, and custodians, while rerouting desperately needed public school funds towards the private schools she’s always championed." (Image: Inequality Media) Views
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Betsy DeVos Has a Very Deadly Plan to Reopen US Public Schools
Trump education secretary Betsy DeVos is heading the administration’s effort to force schools to reopen in the fall for in-person instruction. What’s her plan to reopen safely? She doesn’t have one. Rather than seeking additional federal funds, she’s using this pandemic to further her ploy to...
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Demonstrators rally outside the White House May 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Saturday, August 08, 2020
Trump's Dangerous Lies About the Covid Economy
"The recovery has been very strong," Donald Trump said last week. Then the Commerce Department reported the U.S. economy contracted between April and June at the fastest pace in nearly three-quarters of a century, which is as long as economists have been keeping track. The drop wiped out five years...
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