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 twentieth century. His book include:  "Aftershock" (2011), "The Work of Nations" (1992), "Beyond Outrage" (2012) and, "Saving Capitalism" (2016). He is also a founding editor of The American Prospect magazine, former 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" (2019). He's co-creator of the Netflix original documentary "Saving Capitalism," which is streaming now.

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"There is no longer a 'center' in American politics," writes Reich. "No middle ground between lies and facts. No halfway point between civil discourse and violence. No midrange between democracy and fascism." (Photo: Screenshot/Inequality Media) Views
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
The GOP Is a Dangerous Cult That Democrats Should Not Negotiate With
I keep hearing that Joe Biden has to govern from the “center.” He has no choice, they say, because he has razor-thin majorities in Congress and the Republican Party has moved to the right. Rubbish. First, there is no “center” between the reality-based world and the conspiracy-fueled, hate-filled...
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Former President Donald Trump is greeted by his ideological precursor President Ronald Reagan at a 1987 White House reception. (Photo: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, cc) Views
Monday, February 15, 2021
Out of the Ashes of Trump, Will the US Finally Bury Reaganism?
While most of official Washington has been consumed with the Senate impeachment trial, another part of Washington is preparing the most far-ranging changes in American social policy in a generation. Congress is moving ahead with Biden’s American Rescue Plan, which expands health care and...
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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters during a Cabinet meeting at the White House on October 21, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Monday, February 08, 2021
No Perks, No Cushy Benefits for Twice-Impeached President
How should the nation respond to an ex-president who has incited an insurrection, brought our democracy to the brink of destruction, and left so much pain and suffering in his wake? In addition to being convicted in the Senate, which could bar him from running for office again , he shouldn’t be...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) stand back to back in the House Chamber during a joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images Views
Monday, February 01, 2021
The Real Reason the GOP Don’t Want Biden’s Plan? They Fear It Will Work
Ten Senate Republican have proposed a COVID relief bill of about $600 billion. That’s less than a third of Biden’s plan. They promise "bipartisan support" if he agrees. Their proposal isn’t a compromise. It would be a total surrender. It trims direct payments and unemployment aid that Americans...
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Hardly a champion of democracy, JPMorgan Chase CEO Janie Dimon piloted the corporate lobbying campaign for the Trump tax cut and led Wall Street's charge against stricter bank regulation. (Photo: Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Sunday, January 31, 2021
Sedition By Other Means: Corporate Executives and Lobbyists Routinely Undermine Democracy to Protect Their Bottom Line
The sudden lurch from Trump to Biden is generating vertigo all over Washington, including the so-called fourth branch of government —CEOs and their army of lobbyists. CEOs are being hailed —and hailing themselves—as guardians of democracy. That's after saying they will no longer donate to the 147...
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For years, big corporations have been assaulting democracy with big money, drowning out the voices and needs of ordinary Americans. (Photo: Joaquin Corbalan/Getty) Views
Monday, January 25, 2021
Condemning Insurrectionists Is Easy, But If Corporate America Cared About Democracy It Would Support the 'For the People Act'
The sudden lurch from Trump to Biden is generating vertigo all over Washington, including the so-called fourth branch of government—CEOs and their army of lobbyists. Notwithstanding Biden’s ambitious agenda, dozens of giant corporations have said they will not donate to the 147 members of Congress...
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Douglas Emhoff, U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Dr. Jill Biden and U.S. President-elect Joe Biden look down the National Mall as lamps are lit to honor the nearly 400,000 American victims of the coronavirus pandemic at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool January 19, 2021 in Washington, DC. As the nation's capital has become a fortress city of roadblocks, barricades and 20,000 National Guard troops due to heightened security around Biden's inauguration, 400 lights were placed around the Reflecting Views
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Ten Ways Biden Can Be Transformational (Even Without Congress)
We did it. We took control of the Senate from Mitch McConnell. Even so, Republicans may still be able to block key parts of Joe Biden’s agenda. But there are plenty of critical policies he can and must enact without them. Biden’s first task is to undo Trump’s litany of cruel and disastrous...
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 Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden delivers a speech at the William Hicks Anderson Community Center, on July 28, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Biden Must Drive a Stake Through the Heart of Dead-End "Centrism"
I keep hearing that Joe Biden will govern from the “center.” He has no choice, they say, because he’ll have razor-thin majorities in Congress and the Republican party has moved to the right. Rubbish. I’ve served several Democratic presidents who have needed Republican votes. But the Republicans now...
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Equipment of media crews damaged during clashes after the US President Donald Trumps supporters breached the US Capitol security in Washington D.C., United States on January 06, 2021. Pro-Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol as lawmakers were set to sign off Wednesday on President-elect Joe Biden's electoral victory in what was supposed to be a routine process headed to Inauguration Day. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Views
Monday, January 11, 2021
Impeach Trump. Then Arrest Trump. Then Prosecute Him for Sedition
Call me old-fashioned, but when the president of the United States encourages armed insurgents to breach the Capitol and threaten the physical safety of Congress, in order to remain in power, I call it an attempted coup. Last week’ rampage left five dead, including a Capitol Hill police officer who...
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I don’t want to mince words. Mitch McConnell is the most duplicitous, morally bankrupt politician in America. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Tuesday, January 05, 2021
Defeating McConnell: The Real Stakes of the Georgia Runoffs
The upcoming runoff elections in Georgia are about more than replacing two corrupt Republican senators with Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. They are about flipping the Senate. They are referenda on the disastrous tenure of Mitch McConnell and the damage the Republican Party has inflicted on America...
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