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 goal of corporations is to maximize profits for shareholders, not to serve the public interest. (Photo: Screenshot/Robert Reich) Views
Friday, December 14, 2018
The Truth About Privatization
Privatization. Privatization. Privatization. It’s all you hear from Republicans. But what does it actually mean? Generations ago, America built an entire national highway system, along with the largest and best public colleges and universities in the world. Also public schools and national parks,...
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Prior to the tax cut, the biggest gift GM got from the government was a bailout in 2009 of more than $50 billion. (Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, December 04, 2018
Trump Takes on General Motors (And Guess Who Wins?)
Donald Trump’s “America first” economic nationalism is finally crashing into the reality of America’s shareholder-first global capitalism. Last week, General Motors announced it would cut about 14,000 jobs, most of them in the politically vital swing states of Michigan and Ohio. This doesn’t quite...
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 U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media on November 17, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)  Views
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Trump is Violating the Three Basic Principles of the Rule of Law
The “rule of law” distinguishes democracies from dictatorships. It’s based on three fundamental principles. Trump is violating every one of them. The first is that no person is above the law, not even a president. Which means a president cannot stop an investigation into his alleged illegal acts...
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Sunday, November 18, 2018
With GOP Once More Running Economy Into the Ground, Time to Start Worrying About the Next Crash
Sorry to deliver the news, but it’s time to worry about the next crash. The combination of stagnant wages with most economic gains going to the top is once again endangering the economy. Most Americans are still living in the shadow of the Great Recession that started in December 2007 and...
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Medicare for All is the cheapest and best direction for the country. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Now Is the Time for Medicare for All
In the midterm elections, most Democrats who were elected or reelected to the House supported Medicare for All. As Trump and Republicans in Congress try to undermine the Affordable Care Act and raise the costs of health care, the American people continue to push back. Over 70% of Americans–and even...
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Between 2010 and 2017, according to Brookings, nearly half of the America’s employment growth centered in just 20 large metro areas, now home to about a third of the U.S. population. (Photo: Reed Saxon/AP) Views
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Amazon Is Everything That's Wrong With America
While America was fixated on the most tumultuous midterm election in modern history, Amazon reportedly decided that its much-vaunted “second headquarters” would be split between Long Island City in Queens, and Crystal City, across the Potomac from Washington, D.C. What does Amazon’s decision have...
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The American people will be subject to more of Trump’s lies and hate, as amplified by Senate Republicans and Fox News. (Photo: AFP/Timothy A. Clary) Views
Thursday, November 08, 2018
America Rejects Trumpism
Make no mistake: America has rejected Trumpism. No one seriously expected the Senate to flip, because Democrats had to defend 26 seats in that chamber, compared with only nine held by Republicans. The real battleground was the House, where Democrats had to achieve a net gain of 23 seats to get the...
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The economy is growing, but very little of that growth is trickling down to average Americans. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
The Truth About Trump’s Economy
I keep hearing that although Trump may be a scoundrel or worse, he’s done a great job for the economy. Baloney. Yes, the stock market is great, but 84 percent of it is owned by the richest 10 percent of Americans. The economy is growing, but very little of that growth is trickling down to average...
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Trump’s demagoguery inspired it. Fox News magnified it. (Photo: Fox News/Screengrab) Views
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Hate Unbound
Demagogues rarely commit violence directly. Instead, they use blame, ridicule, fear and hate – and then leave the violence to others. That way, they can always claim “it wasn’t me. I don’t have blood on my hands.” Of the tens of millions of Americans that the Trump-Fox News regime has made fearful...
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Never before has a president of the United States been so determined not to be president of all Americans. He’s president of his supporters. (Photo: Kyle/Flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Democrats: Don’t Go High or Low. Go Big and Bold
Donald Trump says the midterm elections are a “referendum about me.” Of course they are. Everything is about him. Anyone who still believes the political divide runs between Republicans and Democrats hasn’t been paying attention. There’s no longer a Republican Party. The GOP is now just pro-Trump...
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