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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Any rush to reopen without adequate testing and tracing—a massive increase from what we’re doing now—will cause even more deaths and a longer economic crisis. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
The Real Reason Trump Wants to Reopen the Economy
Donald Trump is getting nervous. Internal polls show him losing in November unless the economy comes roaring back. So what is Trump’s reelection strategy? Ignore the warnings of public health experts and reopen the economy at all costs. Here’s his lethal 4-part plan: Step 1: Remove income support,...
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The first responsibility of a president is to keep the public safe. But Donald Trump couldn’t care less. He was slow to respond to the threat, then he lied about it, then made it hard for states—especially those with Democratic governors—to get the equipment they need. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Friday, May 08, 2020
Trump’s 4-Step Plan for Reopening the Economy Will Be Lethal
Donald Trump is getting nervous. Internal polls show him losing in November unless the economy comes roaring back. But much of the American economy remains closed because of the pandemic. The number of infections and deaths continue to climb. Almost 3,000 Americans died last Friday alone, the...
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The chairman of the Business Roundtable is Jamie Dimon, CEO of Wall Street’s largest bank, JPMorgan Chase. Dimon lobbied Congress personally and intensively for the biggest corporate tax cut in history, and got the Business Roundtable to join him. JPMorgan raked in $3.7 billion from the tax cut. Dimon alone made $31 million in 2018. . (Photo: FORTUNE Global Forum/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, May 05, 2020
Corporations Will Not Save Us: The Sham of Corporate Social Responsibility
Last August, the Business Roundtable—an association of CEOs of America’s biggest corporations – announced with great fanfare a “fundamental commitment to all of our stakeholders” and not just their shareholders. They said “investing in employees, delivering value to customers, and supporting...
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President Donald Trump addresses the nation from the Grand Foyer at the White House on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, April 30, 2020
For Trump, Covid-19 Is Perfect Cover to Seize More Power, Increase Reelection Chances
Donald Trump has spent a lifetime exploiting chaos for personal gain and blaming others for his losses. The pure madness in America’s response to the coronavirus pandemic – shortages of equipment to protect hospital workers, dwindling supplies of ventilators and critical medications, jaw-dropping...
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A Grubhub delivery person makes bicycle deliveries on the empty streets of Washington DC. (Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA) Views
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
The Remotes, the Essentials, the Unpaid, and the Forgotten: Covid-19 Exposes Our Class Divide
The pandemic is putting America’s deepening class divide into stark relief. Four classes are emerging. The Remotes. These are professional, managerial, and technical workers – an estimated 35 percent of the workforce – who are putting in long hours at their laptops, Zooming into conferences,...
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"We deserve a world without fossil fuels," writes Reich. "A world in which workers and communities thrive and our shared climate comes before industry profits." (Image: Inequality Media) Views
Saturday, April 25, 2020
The Solutions to the Climate Crisis No One is Talking About
Both our economy and the environment are in crisis. Wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few while the majority of Americans struggle to get by. The climate crisis is worsening inequality, as those who are most economically vulnerable bear the brunt of flooding, fires, and disruptions of...
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The five biggest U.S. airlines spent 96 percent of their free cash flow over the last decade buying back shares of their own stock to boost executive bonuses and please wealthy investors. (Photo: Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
The Corporate Welfare During Covid-19 Pandemic Is Morally Repugnant
With the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc on the global economy, here’s how massive corporations are shafting the rest of us in order to secure billions of dollars of taxpayer-funded bailouts. The airline industry demanded a massive bailout of nearly $60 billion in taxpayer dollars, and ended up...
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This is not leadership. This is the exact opposite of leadership. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Trump’s Failed Coronavirus Response
The Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been a deliberate disaster from the beginning. But don’t take my word for it – just look at the facts. Here’s the timeline: In 2018, he let the pandemic-preparedness office in the National Security Council simply dissolve, and...
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"You have inspired and galvanized a new generation of young Americans," Reich writes to Sanders. "You have made it possible for America to live up to its ideals. Your courage and determination have made me and countless others proud." (Image: Marketworld) Views
Thursday, April 09, 2020
Dear Bernie: Thank You.
Dear Bernie, I’m sorry you will not be president, but I understand and appreciate your decision to end your quest at this point. Four years ago, in the 2016 Democratic primaries, you made it respectable to talk about Medicare for All, free public higher education, and raising taxes on the wealthy...
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We need to reform the public assistance program so that more families in need are eligible. (Photo: badsci/flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, April 02, 2020
How to Prepare for the Trump Recession
The global coronavirus pandemic has put our economy in free-fall. Even through Donald Trump’s reckless economic policies, like his pointless trade war with China or his deficit-busting tax cuts for his billionaire donors, the economy has somehow managed to keep chugging along — until now. All of...
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