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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Although President Donald Trump has demonstrably committed crimes, he will probably never be held to account, based on U.S. history. (Photo: Ira L. Black/Corbis/Getty Images) Views
Sunday, December 27, 2020
Trump’s Vilest Legacy: Impunity and Unaccountability
Most of the 74,222,957 Americans who voted to reelect Donald Trump—46.8% of the votes cast in the 2020 presidential election—don't hold Trump accountable for what he's done to America. " Trump has brought impunity to the highest office in the land, wielding a wrecking ball to the most precious...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) walks to the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol on December 17, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Views
Friday, December 25, 2020
How the Richest 1 Percent Came Out Big Winners in the Covid Relief Bill
Hidden in the bill combining Covid relief and government spending is a cool $200 billion in tax breaks. An estimated $120 billion of those tax breaks will go to the richest 1 percent of Americans. Those giveaways include: —A $2.5 billion break for racecar tracks —A $6.3 billion write-off for...
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Voters approved progressive ballot measures—including a $15 minimum wage in Florida—proving that Americans hunger for change. (Photo: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Voters Delivered a Progressive Mandate. Now Joe Biden Must Deliver
Voters have given Joe Biden and Congress a progressive mandate to enact real change. " The writing is on the wall. Voters passed progressive ballot initiatives, even in red states; they reelected progressive candidates who embraced bold policies; and they expressed support for Medicare for All, a...
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The practical alternative to trickle-down economics might be called build-up economics. (Photo by Ronen Tivony/NurPhoto via Getty Images Views
Monday, December 21, 2020
Does Biden Really Understand That Trickle-Down Economics Is a Cruel Hoax?
How should the huge financial costs of the pandemic be paid for, as well as the other deferred needs of society after this annus horribilis? Politicians rarely want to raise taxes on the rich. Joe Biden promised to do so but a closely divided Congress is already balking. That’s because they’ve...
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Back-to-normal complacency would be deadly. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Dear Joe Biden: Back-to-Normal Complacency Would Be Deadly
“Life is going to return to normal,” Joe Biden promised in a recent address to the nation. He was talking about life after Covid, but he might as well have been making a promise about life after Trump. But a return to “normal” would be disastrous. We can’t give in to the allure of “normal” –...
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Amazon’s workers have no union to protect them. (Throughout its 25-year history, the corporation has aggressively fought union organizing.) (Photo: Andrej Sokolow/picture alliance via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Jeff Bezos, Mitch McConnell, and Killer Covid-19 Capitalism
As a former Secretary of Labor, I often receive mail from workers with job complaints, who apparently believe I still have some authority. But the email I received a few days ago from a worker at Amazon’s Whole Foods delivery warehouse in Industry City, Brooklyn, New York, was particularly...
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Wealth and power are inseparable—wealth flows from power and power from wealth. That means reversing structural inequalities requires altering the distribution of power. (Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, December 08, 2020
Biden Says He’ll Take on Inequality. Good! You Need to Hold Him to It
“It’s time we address the structural inequalities in our economy that the pandemic has laid bare,” President-elect Joe Biden said last week, as he introduced his economic team. It’s a good team. They’re competent and they care, in sharp contrast to Trump’s goon squad. Many of them were in the...
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 America wants to return to a reassuring normal, but Biden can’t allow it. Complacency would be deadly. He has to both calm the waters and stir the pot. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, December 01, 2020
Going "Back to Normal" Is Too Dangerous to Even Contemplate
“Life is going to return to normal,” Joe Biden promised Thursday in a Thanksgiving address to the nation. He was talking about life after Covid-13, but you could be forgiven if you thought he was also making a promise about life after Trump. It is almost impossible to separate the two. To the...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks to members of the media at the Hart Senate Office Building on September 9, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Views
Friday, November 27, 2020
How Mitch McConnell's Do Nothing Republicans Are Killing You
The Senate adjourned and left town without even trying to pass a COVID disaster relief bill. By the time they return on November 30 , based on current trends, an additional estimated 16,000 Americans will have died from COVID-19. We pay these elected officials to keep us safe, and they’ve failed us...
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American democracy will continue to be endangered by House and Senate Republicans who lack the moral courage to do what’s right. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Monday, November 23, 2020
Profiles in Cowardice
Financial regulators subject banks to stress tests to see if they have enough capital to withstand sharp downturns. Now America is being subject to a stress test to see if it has enough strength to withstand Trump’s treacherous campaign to discredit the 2020 presidential election. Trump will lose...
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