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, April 07, 2014
McCutcheon Took Us Back In Time, But It Might Just Birth the Next Occupy
The supreme court is composed of five justices appointed by Republican presidents, and four appointed by Democratic ones. In the McCutcheon v FEC case decided on Wednesday , the five Republican appointees interpreted the first amendment to protect the right of individuals to pour as much as $3.6m...
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Friday, April 04, 2014
McCutcheon, and the Vicious Cycle of Concentrated Wealth and Political Power
If wealth and income weren’t already so concentrated in the hands of a few, the shameful “McCutcheon” decision by the five Republican appointees to the Supreme Court wouldn’t be as dangerous. But by taking “Citizen’s United” one step further and effectively eviscerating campaign finance laws, the...
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Tuesday, April 01, 2014
The Distributional Games
Every year I ask my class on “Wealth and Poverty” to play a simple game. I have them split up into pairs, and imagine I’m giving one of them $1,000. They can keep some of the money only on condition they reach a deal with their partner on how it’s to be divided up between them. I explain they’re...
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
The New Billionaire Political Bosses
Charles and David Koch should not be blamed for having more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of Americans put together. Nor should they be condemned for their petrochemical empire. As far as I know, they’ve played by the rules and obeyed the laws. They’re also entitled to their own right-wing political views. It’s a free country.
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Friday, March 07, 2014
The Great American Working Class U-Turn
Do you recall a time in America when the income of a single school teacher or baker or salesman or mechanic was enough to buy a home, have two cars, and raise a family?
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Saturday, March 01, 2014
The Real Job Killers
House Speaker John Boehner says raising the minimum wage is “bad policy” because it will cause job losses.
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Friday, February 21, 2014
Inequality, Productivity, and WhatsApp
If you ever wonder what’s fueling America’s staggering inequality, ponder Facebook’s acquisition of the mobile messaging company WhatsApp . According to news reports , Facebook has agreed to buy WhatsApp for $19 billion.
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Saturday, February 15, 2014
America’s “We” Problem
America has a serious “We” problem — as in “Why should we pay for them ?” The question is popping up all over the place. It underlies the debate over extending unemployment benefits to the long-term unemployed and providing food stamps to the poor. It’s found in the resistance of some young and healthy people to being required to buy health insurance in order to help pay for people with preexisting health problems.
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Thursday, February 06, 2014
Why Widening Inequality is Hobbling Equal Opportunity
Is it to be inequality or equal opportunity? Under a headline “Obama Moves to the Right in a Partisan War of Words,” The New York Times’ Jackie Calmes notes Democratic operatives have been hitting back hard against the President or any other Democratic politician talking about income inequality, preferring that the Democrats talk about equality of opportunity instead.
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Monday, January 27, 2014
Why There’s No Outcry
People ask me all the time why we don’t have a revolution in America, or at least a major wave of reform similar to that of the Progressive Era or the New Deal or the Great Society.
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