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, and Time magazine named him one of the 10 most effective cabinet secretaries of the 20th century. He has written 14 books, including the best-sellers Aftershock, The Work of Nations, Beyond Outrage and, most recently, 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.

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Monday, November 02, 2015
The Rigging of the American Market
Much of the national debate about widening inequality focuses on whether and how much to tax the rich and redistribute their income downward. But this debate ignores the upward redistributions going on every day, from the rest of us to the rich. These redistributions are hidden inside the market...
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Monday, October 26, 2015
On Leaders and Demagogues
Among the current crop of candidates for president of the United States, who exhibits leadership and who doesn’t? Leadership isn’t just the ability to attract followers. Otherwise some of the worst tyrants in history would be considered great leaders. They weren’t leaders; they were demagogues...
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Monday, October 19, 2015
The Morality of a $15 Minimum
Have you noticed how often conservatives who disagree with a policy proposal call it a "job killer?" They're especially incensed about proposals to raise the federal minimum wage. They claim it will force employers to lay off workers worth hiring at the current federal minimum of $7.25 an hour but...
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Friday, October 16, 2015
Austerity 101: The Three Reasons Republican Deficit Hawks Are Wrong
Congress is heading into another big brawl over the federal budget deficit, the national debt, and the debt ceiling. Republicans are already talking about holding Social Security and Medicare “hostage” during negotiations—hell-bent on getting cuts in exchange for a debt limit hike. Days ago, U.S...
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Friday, October 09, 2015
Hillary, Bernie, and the Banks
Giant Wall Street banks continue to threaten the wellbeing of millions of Americans, but what to do? Bernie Sanders says break them up and resurrect the Glass-Steagall Act that once separated investment from commercial banking. Hillary Clinton says charge them a bit more and oversee them more...
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Friday, October 02, 2015
Why the Washington Post’s Attack on Bernie Sanders is Bunk
The Washington Post just ran an attack on Bernie Sanders that distorts not only what he’s saying and seeking but also the basic choices that lie before the nation. Sanders, writes the Post’s David Fahrenthold, “is not just a big-spending liberal. And his agenda is not just about money. It’s also...
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Monday, September 28, 2015
Why We Must End Upward Pre-Distribution to the Rich
You often hear inequality has widened because globalization and technological change have made most people less competitive, while making the best educated more competitive. There’s some truth to this. The tasks most people used to do can now be done more cheaply by lower-paid workers abroad or by...
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Why the Republican Assault on Planned Parenthood is Morally Wrong and Economically Stupid
The Republican assault on Planned Parenthood is filled with lies and distortions, and may even lead to a government shutdown. The only thing we can say for sure about it is it’s already harming women’s health. For distortions, start with presidential candidate Carly Fiorina’s contention at last...
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Why We Must Fight the Attack on Planned Parenthood
On Thursday, right-wing extremists in the U.S. House of Representatives will vote to try to defund Planned Parenthood, one of the nation's largest providers of women's health care and family planning services. Planned Parenthood is under attack and it's up to all of us to fight back. Any society...
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Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Labor Day 2028
In 1928, famed British economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that technology would advance so far in a hundred years -- by 2028 -- that it will replace all work, and no one will need to worry about making money. "For the first time since his creation man will be faced with his real, his permanent...
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