Robert Reich

Robert Reich, one of the nation’s leading experts on work and the economy, is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. Time Magazine has named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the last century. He has written thirteen books, including his latest best-seller, Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future; The Work of Nations; Locked in the Cabinet; Supercapitalism; and his newest, Beyond Outrage. His syndicated columns, television appearances, and public radio commentaries reach millions of people each week. He is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine, and Chairman of the citizen’s group Common Cause. His widely-read blog can be found at www.robertreich.org.

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Friday, June 10, 2016 - 10:15am
Winning By Destroying: Trump and Gingrinch
When I was a boy and lost just about every sporting event I tried, my father told me, “What counts isn’t whether you win or lose but how you play the game.” Most parents told their kids this. It was part of the American creed. But I doubt Fred Trump passed on the same advice to little Donald, who...
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Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 2:00pm
'We Will Never Give Up': A Note of Thanks to Bernie Sanders
Editor's note: The following open letter first appeared on the author's personal Facebook page on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. Dear Bernie, I don’t know what you’re going to do from here on, and I’m not going to advise you. You've earned the right to figure out the next steps for your campaign and the...
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Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 12:45pm
It’s Not Over Until It’s Over
The other morning I heard from an old friend here in California who said “I’m for Bernie, but he doesn’t really have a chance anymore. So isn’t my vote for him in the California primary just prolonging the agony, and indirectly helping Trump?” I told him: 1. True, the electoral numbers are daunting...
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Friday, May 27, 2016 - 11:15am
Advice for Divided Democrats (Please Note: You Probably Won't Like It)
With the Democratic primaries grinding to a bitter end, I have suggestions for both Clinton and Sanders supporters that neither will like. First, my advice to Clinton supporters: Don’t try to drum Bernie Sanders out of the race before Hillary Clinton officially gets the nomination (if she in fact...
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Monday, May 23, 2016 - 8:30am
Why Trump Might Win
A new Washington Post/ABC News poll released Sunday finds Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in a statistical tie, with Trump leading Clinton 46 percent to 44 percent among registered voters. That’s an 11 percent swing against Clinton since March. A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll , also...
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Monday, May 2, 2016 - 5:15pm
The Third Way: Share-the-Gains Capitalism
Marissa Mayer tells us a lot about why Americans are so angry, and why anti-establishment fury has become the biggest single force in American politics today. Mayer is CEO of Yahoo. Yahoo’s stock lost about a third of its value last year, as the company went from making $7.5 billion in 2014 to...
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Monday, April 25, 2016 - 8:45am
The Endgame of 2016′s Anti-Establishment Politics
Will Bernie Sanders’s supporters rally behind Hillary Clinton if she gets the nomination? Likewise, if Donald Trump is denied the Republican nomination, will his supporters back whoever gets the Republican nod? If 2008 is any guide, the answer is unambiguously yes to both. About 90 percent of...
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 8:30am
Why Isn’t Everyone In Favor of Taxing Financial Speculation?
Why is there so little discussion about one of Bernie Sanders’s most important proposals – to tax financial speculation? Buying and selling stocks and bonds in order to beat others who are buying and selling stocks and bonds is a giant zero-sum game that wastes countless resources, uses up the...
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Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 9:30am
Bernie and the Big Banks
The recent kerfluffle about Bernie Sanders purportedly not knowing how to bust up the big banks says far more about the threat Sanders poses to the Democratic establishment and its Wall Street wing than it does about the candidate himself. Of course Sanders knows how to bust up the big banks. He’s...
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Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 10:45am
Stop Voter Suppression
A crowning achievement of the historic March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his “I have a dream” speech, was pushing through the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965. Recognizing the history of racist attempts to prevent Black people from voting, that federal law forced a number of...
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