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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Trump’s 5th Avenue principle has kept him in power despite deprivation and death that would have doomed the presidencies of anyone else. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Monday, October 12, 2020
Trump—Gun in His Hand and a Bloody Shirt—Standing on Fifth Avenue
“I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters,“ Trump boasted in 2016. Trump’s 5 th Avenue principle is being tested as never before. So far, more than 214,000 Americans have died from Covid-19, one of the world’s highest death rates – due in part to Trump...
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We can deliver a resounding defeat to Trump and every single one of his enablers, and stop our slide toward tyranny. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, October 08, 2020
How You Can Stop America’s Slide Toward Tyranny
Without a shred of evidence, Trump claims that mail-in ballots are rife with fraud. Rubbish. Mail-in ballots, also called absentee ballots, have been used for years across America. They have proven safe and secure. Even the right-wing Heritage Foundation, after examining 36 years of mail-in ballots...
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Can you imagine if Biden had contracted Covid rather than Trump? (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Monday, October 05, 2020
Trump’s Covid: Empathy for the World’s Least Empathetic Person?
For about a minute today I found myself feeling sorry for Donald Trump. The poor man is now “battling” Covid-19 (the pugilistic verb is showing up all over the news). He’s in the hospital. He’s out-of-shape. He’s 74-years old. His chief of staff calls his symptoms “very concerning.” Joe Biden is...
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How broke is he? He owes more than $300 million in loans and can’t repay them. (Photp: Screenshot) Views
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
10 Things You Need to Know About Trump’s Tax Returns
Finally Trump’s tax returns have been made public. Here are the 10 big things you need to know about them: 1. Did he break the law? Almost surely. Details of tax practices suggest fraud on a massive scale. As Michael Bromwich, a former inspector general at the Justice Department, said yesterday,...
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It follows that if he loses the election, Trump will not accept the result because it would be the product of Anti-Trump Nation, and Trump isn’t the president of people who would vote against him. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images) Views
Monday, September 28, 2020
The Coming Civil War Over Trump's Ego
What is America really fighting over in the upcoming election? No particular issue. Not even Democrats versus Republicans. The central fight is over Donald J Trump. Before Trump, most Americans weren’t especially passionate about politics. But Trump’s MO has been to force people to become...
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Every school board member, state representative, and congressperson you elect can be pushed to enact policies that benefit the people, not just corporate donors. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Friday, September 25, 2020
6 Crucial Races That Will Flip the Senate
This November, we have an opportunity to harness your energy and momentum into political power and not just defeat Trump, but also flip the Senate. Here are six key races you should be paying attention to. 1. The first is North Carolina Republican senator Thom Tillis, notable for his “olympic gold...
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Over time, the unbridled pursuit of power wears down democratic institutions, erodes public trust, and breeds the sort of cynicism that invites despotism.(Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
For RBG It Was All Principle, for Mitch McConnell It’s All Power
People in public life tend to fall into one of two broad categories – those who are motivated by principle, and those motivated by power. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday night at the age of 87, exemplified the first. When he nominated her in 1993, Bill Clinton called her “the Thurgood...
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US President Donald Trump(C) listens to California Governor Gavin Newsom(D-CA) at Sacramento McClellan Airport in McClellan Park, California on September 14, 2020 during a briefing on wildfires. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP via Getty Images) Views
Monday, September 14, 2020
As the West Goes Up in Flames, Trump Couldn’t Care Less
The air outside my window is yellow today. It was orange yesterday. The Air Quality Index is over 200. The Environmental Protection Agency defines this as a “health alert” in which “everyone may experience more serious health effects if they are exposed for 24 hours.” Unfortunately, the index has...
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Sunday, September 13, 2020
Citizen Musk
The problem isn’t only that Elon Musk has a net worth of about $100 billion when tens of millions of Americans are barely getting by. It’s that he’s made this money while treating his workers so badly. His wealth quadrupled during the 4 months Tesla forced all workers to take a 10 percent pay cut...
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"Large corporations, Wall Street banks, and a relative handful of exceedingly rich individuals have gained enough political power to game the system," writes Reich. (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, September 08, 2020
Labor Day 2020: The Power Shift
On Labor Day, just eight weeks before one of the most consequential elections in American history, it’s useful to consider the economic reality that fueled Donald Trump’s victory four years ago. "The main reason is that large corporations, Wall Street banks, and a relative handful of exceedingly...
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