Robert Reich

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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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 6:15pm
Four Takeaways from Trump’s Latest Tweet Tantrum
This morning Donald Trump bashed NBC, tweeting: “Totally biased NBCNews went out of its way to say that the big announcement from Ford, G.M., Lockheed & others that jobs are coming back to the U.S., but had nothing to do with TRUMP, is more FAKE NEWS. Ask top CEO’s of those companies for real...
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Monday, January 16, 2017 - 10:00am
Trump’s Plan to Neuter the White House Press Corps, and Neuter Our Democracy
Tyrants don’t allow open questioning, and they hate the free press. They want total control. That’s why, according to three senior officials on the transition team, the incoming Trump administration is considering evicting the White House press corps from the press room inside the White House and...
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Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 2:45pm
Six Reasons Why Trump’s Wall is Even Dumber Than Most of Trump’s Other Ideas
At his turbulent his news event last Wednesday (I won’t dignify it by calling it a news conference), Trump reiterated that he will build a wall along the Mexican border. “It’s not a fence. It’s a wall,” he said, and“Mexico will pay for the wall.” Here are 6 reasons why Trump’s wall is an even...
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Friday, January 13, 2017 - 8:00am
Five Ways Trump’s “News Conference” Wasn’t a News Conference
Tyrants don’t allow open questioning, and they hate the free press. They want total control. That’s why Trump’s so-called “news conference” on December 11 – the first he’s held in six months – wasn’t really a news conference at all. Consider: 1. Trump refused to answer questions from reporters who...
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Monday, January 9, 2017 - 8:30am
The Two Resistances to Trump
It’s important to distinguish two lines of resistance to Trump: 1. Resistance to Trump’s regressiveness: repealing Obamacare, turning Medicare into vouchers (that will leave many elderly worse off) and Medicaid into state block grants (depriving the poor of health care); attacking Social Security;...
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Saturday, January 7, 2017 - 2:15pm
The Three Big Reasons Republicans Can't Replace Obamacare
Republicans are preparing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and have promised to replace it with something that doesn’t leave more than 20 million Americans stranded without health insurance. Yet they haven’t come up with a replacement. And they won’t, for three reasons. First, Republicans say...
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Friday, January 6, 2017 - 2:45pm
The First 100 Days Resistance Agenda
Trump’s First 100 Day agenda includes repealing environmental regulations, Obamacare, and the Dodd-Frank Act, giving the rich and big corporations a huge tax cut, and putting in place a cabinet that doesn’t believe in the Voting Rights Act or public schools or Medicare or the Fair Housing Act. Our...
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 8:00am
The 15 Warnings Signs of Impending Tyranny
As tyrants take control of democracies, they typically: 1. Exaggerate their mandate to govern – claiming, for example, that they won an election by a l andslide even after losing the popular vote. 2. Repeatedly claim massive voter fraud in the absence of any evidence, in order to restrict voting in...
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Friday, December 23, 2016 - 2:15pm
Trump’s Attack on the Freedom of the Press
Historically, tyrants have tried to control the press using 4 techniques that, worryingly, Donald Trump is already using. 1. Berate the media and turn the public against it. Trump refers to journalists as “dishonest,” “disgusting” and “scum.” When Trump lies – claiming, for example, “massive voter...
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Monday, December 19, 2016 - 10:15am
The Onslaught of Tyranny: Why Trump Rallies for Trump
Donald Trump has just finished the last of his nine post-election “thank you tour” rallies. Why did he do them? And why is he planning further rallies after he becomes president? One clue is that Trump conducted them only in the states he won. And most attendees appeared to have voted for him –...
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