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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We need to reform the public assistance program so that more families in need are eligible. (Photo: badsci/flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, April 02, 2020
How to Prepare for the Trump Recession
The global coronavirus pandemic has put our economy in free-fall. Even through Donald Trump’s reckless economic policies, like his pointless trade war with China or his deficit-busting tax cuts for his billionaire donors, the economy has somehow managed to keep chugging along — until now. All of...
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President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence look over some notes as they participate in a Fox News Virtual Town Hall with Anchor Bill Hemmer in the Rose Garden of the White House on March 24, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
In the Name of Profit and Greed, Billionaire Class Declares: 'Back to Work!'
Dick Kovacevich, former CEO of Wells Fargo bank, thinks most Americans should return to work in April, urging that we “gradually bring those people back and see what happens”. Lloyd Blankfein, former CEO of Goldman Sachs, whose net worth is $1.1bn, recommends “those with a lower risk of the...
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The market has been organized to serve the wealthy. (Photo: peoplesworld/flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, March 26, 2020
The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It
The coronavirus has starkly revealed what most of us already knew: The concentration of wealth in America has created a a health care system in which the wealthy can buy care others can’t. It’s also created an education system in which the super-rich can buy admission to college for their children...
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Each of us is only as healthy as the least-healthy among us. (Photo: jerry dohnal/flickr/cc) Views
Friday, March 20, 2020
The Kind of Coronavirus Response Package We Need
The public health and economic crises we’re experiencing are closely related. They reveal in stark terms the dangerous mythology of trickle-down self-sufficiency and the need for policies that respond to the real needs of people who are or will soon be affected. But Trump doesn’t seem to understand...
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The Fed can close banks to quarantine financial crises but the US can’t close workplaces because the nation’s social insurance system depends on people going to work. (Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Coronavirus Outbreak Proves There Is No Public Health System in the US
Dr. Anthony S Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and just about the only official in the Trump administration trusted to tell the truth about the coronavirus, said last Thursday: “The system does not, is not really geared to what we need right now … It is a...
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Trump and his supporters want that wall to prevent all these privileges—individual, communal, national —from leaking out. It’s the architectural equivalent of a gun. As with guns, the sense of safety and security is almost entirely illusory. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors
Robert Reich wrote this piece for the New Yorker magazine’s issue of November 30, 1998: It used to be that people who owned a lot of things could protect themselves and their things by erecting sturdy houses and, if necessary, putting a lock on the door. Today, it seems, that’s not enough. It’s...
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Our imminent coronavirus and economic crises won’t respond to trickle-down economics. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
How We Should Respond to the National Coronavirus Emergency
CEOs of the major Wall Street banks have been summoned to the White House to discuss the coronavirus its economic fallout. I’m told Trump administration is considering more corporate tax cuts, tax cuts targeted to the airlines and hospitality industries, and a temporary payroll tax cut. The bank...
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Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe Biden speak during the third Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas on September 12, 2019. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, March 04, 2020
If You Understand How Trump Defeated Clinton Four Years Ago, Do You Really Vote for Joe Biden?
As the Democratic Party's "moderate" (or shall we say "establishment") wing coalesces around Joe Biden to stop Bernie, the primary contest is starting to look a lot like 2016, when the same wing rallied around Hillary Clinton. Today, Mike Bloomberg quit the race and endorsed Biden—as has Amy...
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Democratic presidential candidate, former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg speaks during a rally held at the Bricktown Events Center on February 27, 2020 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Bloomberg is campaigning before voting starts on Super Tuesday, March 3. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Views
Friday, February 28, 2020
It's Not Bernie But the So-Called "Moderates" That the Democratic Establishment Should Be Freaking Out About
The day after Bernie Sanders’s big win in Nevada, Joe Lockhart, Bill Clinton’s former press secretary, expressed the fear gripping the Democratic establishment: “I don’t believe the country is prepared to support a Democratic socialist, and I agree with the theory that Sanders would lose in a...
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U.S. Attorney General William Barr during an interview on ABC News earlier this month. (Photo: ABC News/Screengrab) Views
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Five Ways William Barr Is Helping Trump Turn US Into a Dictatorship
William Barr was installed as Attorney General specifically to turn the Department of Justice into an arm of the Trump Coverup. And we’ve seen him do exactly that. Barr has corrupted and politicized the Department of Justice, working hand in hand with Donald Trump to bend federal law enforcement to...
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