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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"The big money takeover of our democracy prevents us from advancing all of the policies we need to overhaul our racist, oppressive system and create a society that works for the many, not the few," writes Reich. (Image: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, September 02, 2020
How Big Money Corrupts Our Politics (And How to Fix It)
Corporate money is dominating our democracy. It’s difficult to do anything—increase the minimum wage, reverse climate change, get Medicare for All, end police killings, fight systemic racism, shrink our bloated military—when big money controls our politics and dictates what policies are and aren’t...
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Members of Congress, writes Reich, "must step in and do four things to protect the Postal Service and the integrity of mail-in voting before it’s too late." (Photo: via Change.org) Views
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Four Things We Must Do to Save the Post Office From Trump-GOP Attack
It’s no secret Donald Trump will do anything to hold on to power. His latest strategy is to sabotage the United States Postal Service, courtesy of his handpicked Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. A Republican mega donor with no postal experience, DeJoy instituted sweeping measures that have caused...
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Protesters gather to condemn the use of federal troops on July 25, 2020 in Oakland, California. (Photo: Natasha Moustache/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Trump’s “Law and Order” Campaign is a Distraction
Trump has refused to act to contain the coronavirus, opting to sit on the sidelines as the pandemic ravages the country. But when it comes to waging violence against his own people, he’s quickly risen to the occasion. Here are 6 ways Donald Trump has failed to attack the coronavirus, but instead...
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A demonstrator holds a "Tax the Rich" sign during a protest in New York on June 27, 2020. Views
Saturday, August 15, 2020
Profiteering off the Pandemic
Since the start of the pandemic, American billionaires have been cleaning up. As more than 50 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance, billionaires became $637 billion richer . Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg’s wealth has ballooned 59 percent . Amazon’s Jeff Bezos’s, 39 percent . Walmart’s...
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"In the middle of the worst public health crisis in more than a century," writes Reich, Trump's Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is "jeopardizing the safety of our students, teachers, parents, bus drivers, and custodians, while rerouting desperately needed public school funds towards the private schools she’s always championed." (Image: Inequality Media) Views
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Betsy DeVos Has a Very Deadly Plan to Reopen US Public Schools
Trump education secretary Betsy DeVos is heading the administration’s effort to force schools to reopen in the fall for in-person instruction. What’s her plan to reopen safely? She doesn’t have one. Rather than seeking additional federal funds, she’s using this pandemic to further her ploy to...
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Demonstrators rally outside the White House May 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Saturday, August 08, 2020
Trump's Dangerous Lies About the Covid Economy
"The recovery has been very strong," Donald Trump said last week. Then the Commerce Department reported the U.S. economy contracted between April and June at the fastest pace in nearly three-quarters of a century, which is as long as economists have been keeping track. The drop wiped out five years...
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"For the bulk of this crisis, McConnell called the Senate back into session only to confirm more of Trump's extremist judges and advance a $740 billion defense spending bill," writes Reich. "Throughout it all, McConnell has insisted his priority is to shield businesses from Covid-related lawsuits by customers and employees who have contracted the virus." (Image: Inequality Media) Views
Wednesday, August 05, 2020
Mitch McConnell's GOP Is Destroying America
Senate Republicans’ shameful priorities are on full display as the nation continues to grapple with an unprecedented health and economic crisis. Mitch McConnell and the GOP refuse to take up the HEROES Act, passed by the House in early May to help Americans survive the pandemic and fortify the...
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Extend unemployment benefits to help people survive the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Thursday, July 30, 2020
The Clock Is Ticking: 5 Key Demands for the New Coronavirus Bill
COVID-19 has left the economy in tatters, put millions of people on the brink of financial devastation, and taken the lives of over 145,000 Americans. Congress has just days left to pass legislation that will keep struggling Americans afloat and stave off economic catastrophe. Here are five key...
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Donald Trump doesn’t give a fig for working-class Americans. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Corporate Con Man: Trump's Tyrannical Attack on Workers
Donald Trump campaigned as an insurgent outside of the political establishment who would restore the long-neglected working class. That was a lie. As president, he’s turned his back on working people, governing instead as a lackey for billionaires, CEOs, and corporations. Even during a public...
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This moment calls on us to relinquish social control and ramp up our commitment to social investment. (Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Time to Invest in Affordable Housing and Education, Not Tear Gas, Batons, and State-Sanctioned Murder
Some societies center on social control, others on social investment. Social-control societies put substantial resources into police, prisons, surveillance, immigration enforcement, and the military. Their purpose is to utilize fear, punishment, and violence to divide people and keep the status quo...
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