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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Saturday, April 21, 2018
Can Trump Fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller?
Yes, but at a huge cost to our system, and to Trump’s presidency. Begin with the law: Justice Department regulations issued in 1999, in the wake of Kenneth Starr’s investigation of Bill Clinton, say that only an Attorney General can remove a special counsel, and not just for any reason. Such a...
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Sunday, April 01, 2018
Dollars for Decency
Last Wednesday morning, Laura Ingraham, Fox News’s queen of snark, tweeted that David Hogg—a 17-year-old who survived the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, and has been among the eloquent advocates for gun control—“whines about” being rejected by four universities he applied to. She linked to an...
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"When he criticized NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem, he wasn’t just demanding they demonstrate their patriotism. He was disrespecting their – and, indirectly, everyone’s – freedom of speech." (Photo: AFP/Timothy A. Clary) Views
Friday, March 30, 2018
Is Trump The Worst President In American History?
America has had its share of crooks (Warren G. Harding, Richard Nixon), bigots (Andrew Jackson, James Buchanan), and incompetents (Andrew Johnson, George W. Bush). But never before Donald Trump have we had a president who combined all these nefarious qualities. America’s great good fortune was to...
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"Trump has made John Bolton his National Security Advisor not because Bolton has valuable insights about foreign affairs, but because Bolton – for years, an on-air fixture on Fox News – is a showman who knows how to sell big lies and crazy ideas, and thereby help Trump in the looming battles." (Photo: Getty) Views
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
How Trump is Preparing for War
What’s worrying isn’t that Trump is now getting advice about policy from fanatics like John Bolton and Lawrence Kudlow. Trump has never cared about policy. The real worry is that – with Robert Mueller breathing down his neck, and several special elections suggesting a giant “blue wave” in November...
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Sunday, March 18, 2018
The Menace of a Mad King
Trump is moving into a new and more dangerous phase. Before, he was constrained by a few “adults” – Rex Tillerson, Gary Cohn, H.R. McMaster, and John Kelly – whom he appointed because he thought they had some expertise he lacked. Now he’s either fired or is in the process of removing the adults. He...
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Saturday, March 10, 2018
America’s Martin Shkreli Problem Is Not Just Martin Shkreli
On Friday, Martin Shkreli was sentenced to seven years in prison. What, if anything, does Shkreli’s downfall tell us about modern America? Shkreli’s early life exemplified the rags-to-riches American success story. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, in April 1983, to parents who immigrated from...
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Wednesday, March 07, 2018
Trump's Brand Is Ayn Rand
Donald Trump once said he identified with Ayn Rand’s character Howard Roark in “The Fountainhead,” an architect so upset that a housing project he designed didn’t meet specifications he had it dynamited. Others in Trump’s circle were influenced by Rand. “Atlas Shrugged” was said to be the favorite...
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Sunday, March 04, 2018
Jared Kushner's Unconscionable Conflicts
Before I turn to Jared Kushner, let me ask: Do you believe the U.S. government does the right thing all or most of the time? The Gallup organization started asking this question in 1963, when over 70 percent of Americans said they did. Since then, the percent has steadily declined. By 2016, before...
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Saturday, March 03, 2018
Why We Need Rise-Up Economics, Not Trickle-Down
How to build the economy? Not through trickle-down economics. Tax cuts to the rich and big corporations don’t lead to more investment and jobs. The only real way to build the economy is through “rise-up” economics: Investments in our people—their education and skills, their health, and the roads...
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018
The Moral Movement Against Violence
Join the Ku Klux Klan and get 10 percent off on your next Fed Ex shipment! Okay, the National Rifle Association isn’t quite the Klan. But it’s getting closer. For years, big corporations had welcomed the opportunity to accumulate more customers by giving discounts to NRA members, even if they pack...
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