About Robert Reich

Robert B. Reich is 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. He has written eleven books, including The Work of Nations, which has been translated into 22 languages; the best-sellers The Future of Success and Locked in the Cabinet, and his most recent book, Supercapitalism. His articles have appeared in the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. Mr. Reich is co-founding editor of The American Prospect magazine.

Reich has been a member of the faculties of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and of Brandeis University. He received his B.A. from Dartmouth College, his M.A. from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and his J.D. from Yale Law School.

Rise of the Non-Working Rich

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Robert Reich: The “self-made” man or woman, the symbol of American meritocracy, is disappearing. Six of today’s ten wealthiest Americans are heirs to prominent fortunes.

Hillary’s Hardest Choice (and the Democrat’s Dilemma)

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Robert Reich: The story behind story is that America is in an era of sharply rising inequality, with a few at the top doing fabulously well but most Americans on a downward economic escalator.

Rescue The Middle Class: Save Capitalism

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Robert Reich: Business leaders know the U.S. economy can’t get out of first gear as long as wages are declining. And their own businesses can’t succeed over the long term without a buoyant and growing middle class.

3 Biggest Right-Wing Lies About Poverty

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Robert Reich: So why do so many right-wing Republicans tell these three lies? Because they make it almost impossible to focus on what the poor really need – good-paying jobs, adequate safety nets, and excellent schools.

Seattle Got It Right

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Robert Reich: The gains from a higher minimum wage extend beyond those who receive it. More money in the pockets of low-wage workers means more sales, especially in the locales they live in – which in turn creates faster growth and more jobs.

Freedom Summer II

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Robert Reich: Although Walmart is no Bull Connor, it’s the poster child for keeping low-wage workers down. America’s largest employer, with 1.4 million workers, refuses to provide most of them with an income they can live on.

How the Right Wing Is Killing Women

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Robert Reich: For every 100,000 births in America last year, 18.5 women died. That’s compared to 8.2 women who died during pregnancy and birth in Canada, 6.1 in Britain, and only 2.4 in Iceland.

Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour?

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Robert Reich: At a time in our history when 95 percent of all economic gains are going to the top 1 percent, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour isn’t just smart economics and good politics. It’s also the morally right thing to do.

Friday’s Jobs Report and the Supreme Court’s McCutcheon Debacle

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Robert Reich: Connect the dots and you see how the big-money takeover of our democracy has lead to an economy that’s barely functioning for most Americans.

Why the Lousy Jobs Report Boosted Wall Street

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Lousy Jobs Report: As companies focus on short-term prices at the expense of long-term growth, we’re in for years of sluggish performance.

Why Widening Inequality Is Hobbling Equal Opportunity

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Widening Inequality — America’s savage inequality is the main reason equal opportunity is fading and poverty is growing.

Don’t Give Up on Obamacare

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Supporting Obamacare — What distinguishes America is our pragmatism, resilience, and optimism. We invent, experiment, and fix.

The Meaning of a Decent Society

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Equal Opportunity — America is now more unequal that it’s been for eighty or more years. Equal opportunity has become a pipe dream.

When Charity Begins at Home (Particularly the Homes of the Wealthy)

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Charitable Giving — The generosity of the super-rich is proffered as evidence they’re contributing much to the nation’s well-being.

One Answer to Low-Wage Work: Redistributing the Gains

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Robert Reich: And without some redistribution, America’s growing army of low-wage workers may fall prey to demagogues on the right or left who offer convenient scapegoats for their frustrations.

The True Price of Great Holiday Deals

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Robert Reich: Americans are getting great deals online, and they like the convenience. But there’s a hidden price. With the growth of online retailing, fewer Americans will have jobs in bricks-and-mortar retail stores.

Three Large Truths Obscured by Republican Obamacare Lies

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Robert Reich: Republican wordsmiths know they can count on Fox News and right-wing yell radio to amplify and intensify all of this in continuous loops of elaboration and outrage, repeated so often as to infect peoples’ minds like purulent pustules.

What Walmart Could Learn from Henry Ford

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Robert Reich: Walmart is so huge that a wage boost at Walmart would ripple through the entire economy, putting more money in the pockets of low-wage workers. This would help boost the entire economy — including Walmart’s own sales.

Having the Backbone to Set Minimum Standards for Health Insurance

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Robert Reich: But spineless Democrats (including my old boss Bill Clinton) are caving in to the Republican-fueled outrage that the President “misled” Americans into thinking they could keep their old lousy policies — and are now urging the White House to forget the new standards and let people keep what they had before.

Why Do Republicans Hate Their Own Healthcare Approach?

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Robert Reich: Had Democrats stuck to the original Democratic vision and built comprehensive health insurance on Social Security and Medicare, it would have been cheaper, simpler, and more widely accepted by the public. And Republicans would be hollering anyway.

How the Right Won Another Round

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onservative Republicans have lost their fight over the shutdown and debt ceiling, and they probably won’t get major spending cuts in upcoming negotiations over the budget. But they’re winning the big one: How the nation understands our biggest domestic problem. They say the biggest problem is the size of government and the budget deficit. In […]

What to Expect During the Cease-Fire

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Robert Reich: Our real economic problem continues to be a dearth of good jobs along with widening inequality. Cutting the budget deficit may make both worse, by reducing total demand for goods and services and eliminating programs that lower-income Americans depend on.

Republicans Not Budging

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Robert Reich: At a closed-door meeting this morning after deciding they’ll stick to their plan to alter the Affordable Care Act and risk a government default.

Republican Bullies Demand More

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Robert Reich: Now is the time to lance the boil of Republican extremism once and for all.

Wall Street Still Too Big To Fail

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Robert Reich: Five years ago this month Wall Street almost slid over the cliff. We bailed it out but millions of Americans are still suffering

Syria and John Kerry’s Fatal Flaw

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Robert Reich: Kerry is an intelligent man, but he has a fatal flaw. He craves the limelight. He wants to be in the center of the action and attention.

What’s Really at Stake

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Robert Reich: But before the hostilities start again and we all get lost in puerile politics and petty tactics, it’s useful to consider what’s really at stake for our economy and democracy.

Lousy Jobs for Labor Day

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Robert Reich: The percent of Americans living below the poverty line has been increasing even as the economy has started to recover — from 12.3 percent in 2006 to around 14 percent this year. More than 35 million Americans now live below the poverty line.

3 Reasons Why Republicans Like High Unemployment

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Robert Reich: Everyone would benefit from higher taxes on the wealthy to finance public investments in roads, bridges, public transit, better schools, affordable higher education, and healthcare but higher unemployment helps to boost corporate profits.

Why Republicans Are Disciplined and Democrats Aren’t

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Rob Reich: People who don’t much like authority, recoil from orders, don’t believe in clear answers, often disobey commands, and prefer things a bit undefined, tend to gravitate to the Democrats.

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