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

Trump’s Assault on the Rule of Law Opinions
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 Opinions
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 Opinions
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 Opinions
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 Opinions
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 Opinions
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 Congress, changing the leadership… Read More

The three big lessons we didn’t learn from the economic crisis Opinions
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 peril. Read More

Kavanaugh Will Further Divide Us Opinions
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? Opinions
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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