Robert B. Reich
Robert Reich, one of the world’s foremost economists, is the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy and senior fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies at the University of California, Berkeley. Reich was the Secretary of Labor in the Bill Clinton administration and was named one of Time Magazine’s 10 most effective cabinet secretaries of the 20th century.
Reich has written 13 books, including “Aftershock” and “The Work of Nations.” His latest, “Beyond Outrage,” is now out in paperback. He is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine and is chairman of Common Cause, a lobbyist organization that aims for more public disclosure in government policy decisions.
In 2013, Reich released “Inequality for All,” a documentary about the widening income gap in the United States. The film, which won a U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking, is available on Netflix, iTunes, DVD and On Demand.
Reich has been a consistent and eloquent advocate of those on the lower economic rungs of American society. He has championed the cause of income equality and policies that encourage a fairer playing field for working people.
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After Donald Trump's first bizarre year as president, his apologists told us he was growing into the job and that in his second year he'd be more restrained and more respectful of democratic institutions. Wrong. He's been worse. Read More
I was in Bill Clinton's Cabinet when Newt Gingrich pulled the plug on the federal government in the mid-'90s. It wasn't a pretty picture. A long shutdown hurts millions of people who rely on government for services and paychecks. Read More
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I keep hearing that although Donald Trump is a scoundrel or worse, at least he's presiding over a great economy. "The single biggest story this year is an economic boom that is durable and lasting," White House... Read More
Anyone still unsure of how (or even whether) they'll vote in the midterm elections should consider this: All three branches of government are now under the control of one party, and that party is under the control of Donald J. Trump. Read More
Millennials (and their younger siblings from Generation Z) are the largest, most diverse and progressive group of potential voters in American history, comprising fully 30 percent of the voting-age population. On Nov. 6, they'll have the power to alter the course of American politics -- flipping... Read More
Ten years ago, after making piles of money gambling with other people's money, Wall Street nearly imploded, and the outgoing George W. Bush and incoming Obama administrations bailed out the bankers. America should have learned three big lessons from the crisis. We didn't, to our continuing ... Read More
The only way I can see the end of the Donald Trump presidency is if there's overwhelming evidence he rigged the 2016 election -- in which case impeachment isn't an adequate remedy. Read More