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.

Recent Work

Seditious Members of Congress Must Be Held Accountable
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Seditious Members of Congress Must Be Held Accountable
January 4, 2021
by Robert B. Reich

I’ve been in or around politics for over a half-century now, and I never imagined how low and loony the Republican Party would become. Twelve Republican senators say they will object to President-elect Joe Biden’s victory on Wednesday when Congress meets to formally certify it. They... Read More

Trump’s Presidency Has Tested the Broken Windows Theory
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Trump’s Presidency Has Tested the Broken Windows Theory
December 28, 2020
by Robert B. Reich

Most of the 74.2 million Americans who voted to reelect Donald Trump — 46.8 percent of the votes cast in the 2020 presidential election — don’t hold Trump accountable for what he’s done to America. Their acceptance of Trump’s behavior will be his vilest legacy. Nearly... Read More

Trickle-down Economics Doesn’t Work but Build-up Does
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Trickle-down Economics Doesn’t Work but Build-up Does
December 21, 2020
by Robert B. Reich

How should the huge financial costs of the pandemic be paid for, as well as the other deferred needs of society after this annus horribilis? Politicians rarely want to raise taxes on the rich. President-elect Joe Biden promised to do so, but a closely divided Congress... Read More

The Dangerous Seduction of ‘Back to Normal’
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The Dangerous Seduction of ‘Back to Normal’
November 30, 2020
by Robert B. Reich

“Life is going to return to normal,” Joe Biden promised last week in a Thanksgiving address to the nation. He was talking about life after COVID-19, but you could be forgiven if you thought he was also making a promise about life after Donald Trump. It’s... Read More

Trump Is Stress-testing American Democracy
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Trump Is Stress-testing American Democracy
November 23, 2020
by Robert B. Reich

Financial regulators subject banks to stress tests to see if they have enough capital to withstand sharp downturns. Now America is being subject to a stress test to see if it has enough strength to withstand Donald Trump’s treacherous campaign to discredit the 2020 presidential election.... Read More

Can Biden Heal America When Trump and His Allies Don’t Want It Healed?
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Can Biden Heal America When Trump and His Allies Don’t Want It Healed?
November 9, 2020
by Robert B. Reich

In case you missed the news, Joe Biden was elected president of the United States. With almost all ballots counted, Biden has more than 75 million votes and Trump some 71 million. The Electoral College isn’t even close. But Donald Trump still has not conceded, and... Read More

The Public, the Personal and the Utter Hypocrisy
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The Public, the Personal and the Utter Hypocrisy
October 19, 2020
by Robert B. Reich

Donald Trump and many Republicans insist that the decisions whether to wear a mask, go to a bar or gym, or work or attend school during a pandemic should be personal. Government should play no role. Yet they also believe that what a woman does with... Read More

Trump Nearing a Dead End on 5th Avenue
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Trump Nearing a Dead End on 5th Avenue
October 12, 2020
by Robert B. Reich

“I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters,” Donald Trump boasted in 2016. Trump’s 5th Avenue principle is being severely tested. Some 40 percent of voters have stuck by him even though more than 214,000 Americans have... Read More

America's New Year's Resolution
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America's New Year's Resolution
January 2, 2019
by Robert B. Reich

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

Trump's Shutdown and the Economic Precipice
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Trump's Shutdown and the Economic Precipice
December 24, 2018
by Robert B. Reich

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

What's Truly Terrifying About Trump's Private Transactions
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What's Truly Terrifying About Trump's Private Transactions
December 17, 2018
by Robert B. Reich

Donald Trump has described the payments his bagman, Michael Cohen, made to two women during the 2016 campaign so they wouldn't discuss their alleged affairs with him as "a simple private transaction." Last week... Read More

A Tip for Tariff Man
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A Tip for Tariff Man
December 10, 2018
by Robert B. Reich

"I am a Tariff Man," Trump tweeted last week. "When people or countries come in to raid the great wealth of our Nation, I want them to pay for the privilege of doing so. ... We are right now taking in $billions in Tariffs. MAKE AMERICA RICH ... Read More

Trump's Assault on the Rule of Law
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Trump's Assault on the Rule of Law
November 26, 2018
by Robert B. Reich

The "rule of law" distinguishes democracies from dictatorships. It's based on three fundamental principles. Trump is violating every one of them. The first is that no person is above the law, not even a president. Which means... Read More

America Has Rejected Trumpism
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America Has Rejected Trumpism
November 7, 2018
by Robert B. Reich

Make no mistake: America has rejected Trumpism. No one seriously expected the Senate to flip, because Democrats had to defend 26 seats in that chamber, compared with only nine held by Republicans. The real battleground... Read More

The Truth About the Trump Economy
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The Truth About the Trump Economy
October 17, 2018
by Robert B. Reich

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

Containing the Catastrophe
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Containing the Catastrophe
October 9, 2018
by Robert B. Reich

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

America's Bullies
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America's Bullies
October 2, 2018
by Robert B. Reich

As a kid I was always a head shorter than other boys, which meant I was bullied -- mocked, threatened, sometimes assaulted. Childhood bullying has been going on forever. But America has become a culture of bullying... Read More

Why I'm Betting on Millennials This Election Day
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Why I'm Betting on Millennials This Election Day
September 25, 2018
by Robert B. Reich

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

The three big lessons we didn't learn from the economic crisis
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The three big lessons we didn't learn from the economic crisis
September 18, 2018
by Robert B. Reich

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

Kavanaugh Will Further Divide Us
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Kavanaugh Will Further Divide Us
September 10, 2018
by Robert B. Reich

Yale Law School, from which Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh got his law degree, issued a statement about him with glowing quotes from professors attesting to his impeccable legal credentials. Read More

Can We Get an Annulment Instead of an Impeachment?
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Can We Get an Annulment Instead of an Impeachment?
August 27, 2018
by Robert B. Reich

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

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