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 issues up for grabs aren’t ideological abstractions for them. They’re causes in which Millennials have direct personal stakes.(Photo: Light Brigading/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, September 24, 2018
Why I’m Betting on Millennials, This November 6th
Millennials (and their younger siblings, generation Z’s) are the largest, most diverse and progressive group of potential voters in American history, comprising fully 30 percent of the voting age population. On November 6th, they’ll have the power to alter the course of American politics – flipping...
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If anything, Congress should raise capital gains taxes, not lower them.(Photo: Screenshot) Views
Friday, September 21, 2018
Another Tax Scam for the Rich
Hard to believe, but the Trump administration is proposing yet another massive tax windfall for the rich. It would be to reduce their capital gains taxes. Those are taxes on the increased value of their stocks and bonds, businesses, and other valuables, when they sell them. Trump would do this by...
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Today’s hourly wage has less purchasing power than it did over four decades years ago. Adjusted for inflation, the average hourly wage in January 1973 would be $23.68 today. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Trump’s 4 Biggest Lies about Today’s Economy
Trump is putting out 4 big whoppers about today’s economy. Here’s what he’s saying, and here’s the truth: 1. “Best job growth ever.” Wrong. Job growth has actually slowed. In the last 19 months of the Obama administration the economy created 3.96 million jobs. In the first 19 months of Trump’s, 3...
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Sunday, September 02, 2018
The Next Crash
September 15 will mark the tenth anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers and near meltdown of Wall Street, followed by the Great Recession. Since hitting bottom in 2009, the economy has grown steadily, the stock market has soared, and corporate profits have ballooned. "The richest 1 percent...
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"A malignant bullying megalomaniac who lies like most people breathe, and who’s able to suck the oxygen out of every news cycle, might well pulverize any Democratic opponent." (Photo: AFP/Timothy A. Clary) Views
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Don’t Just Impeach Trump. Annul His Presidency
The only way I see the end of Trump is if there’s overwhelming evidence he rigged the 2016 election. In which case impeachment isn’t an adequate remedy. His presidency should be annulled. Let me explain. Many people are convinced we’re already witnessing the beginning of the end of Trump. In their...
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Thursday, August 23, 2018
Will Trump Survive?
Many of the “insiders” I talk with are convinced that Cohen’s virtual naming of Trump as an criminal co-conspirator, combined with other bombshells Cohen can set off, and Mueller’s likely findings of Trump’s collusion with the Russians, his longstanding business fraud, and obstruction of justice,...
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"They believe the norms other people live by don’t apply to them." (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) Views
Monday, August 20, 2018
Musk, Trump, and the Second Gilded Age
I’ve long admired Elon Musk as a technological visionary. But I worry about his sense of responsibility to the public. Last week Musk announced on Twitter that he intended to turn Telsa, the electric-car maker he founded, into a private company. He said the funding was “secured” – a claim that sent...
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"Start instead with “kitchen table” issues like stagnant wages, shrinking benefits, the escalating costs of health care, college, pharmaceuticals, housing." (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Monday, August 13, 2018
10 Steps to Finding Common Ground
Trump has intentionally cleaved America into two warring camps: pro -Trump or anti -Trump. Most Americans aren’t passionate conservatives or liberals, Republicans or Democrats. But they have become impassioned for or against Trump. As a result, people with different political views have stopped...
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"The vast majority of American workers have lost just about all their bargaining power." (Photo: Michael Fleshman) Views
Wednesday, August 01, 2018
Why Wages Are Going Nowhere
The official rate of unemployment in America has plunged to a remarkably low 3.8% . The Federal Reserve forecasts that the unemployment rate will reach 3.5% by the end of the year. But the official rate hides more troubling realities: legions of college grads overqualified for their jobs, a growing...
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"I’ve been teaching for 40 years and I don’t recall a generation as committed to social justice, reforming this country, and making it work for all and not just a few." (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Monday, July 30, 2018
6 Reasons for Hope in Trump Times
In these darkest of days, here’s what gives me hope: First, Donald Trump has been a giant wake-up call that we can’t take democracy for granted. The young people of America get this. I’ve been teaching for 40 years and I don’t recall a generation as committed to social justice, reforming this...
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