Professor, Former US Secretary of Labor
Contributor's Links: RobertReich.org

Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies, was Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration. Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the ... more

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How We Stand Up To Putin And Stop Climate Catastrophe
How do we stand up to Putin and avert a climate catastrophe at the same time? By quitting our addiction to fossil fuels. Here’s how can we get there.
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Amazon Workers’ Astounding Win, And How Corporate America Is Trying To Take Back Power
On Friday, Amazon – America’s wealthiest, most powerful, and fiercest anti-union corporation, with the second-largest workforce in the nation (Walmart being the largest), lost out to a group of warehouse workers in New York who voted to form a union.
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The Hidden Link Between Corporate Greed And Inflation
Inflation. Everyone’s talking about it, but everyone's ignoring one of its biggest causes: corporate concentration.
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The Fed Is About To Shaft American Workers – For No Good Reason
The last thing average working people need is for the Fed to raise interest rates and slow the economy further. The problem most people face isn’t inflation. It’s a lack of good jobs.
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Can Congress Really Use Insider Information To Trade Stocks?
Members of Congress use privileged information to make money on the stock market, while they’re supposed to be working for you. Make no mistake, it’s legalized corruption.
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As Job Gains Slow, The Fed And Congress Apply The Wrong Medicine
The Fed is about to prescribe the wrong medicine. It’s going to raise interest rates to slow the economy – even though millions of former workers have yet to return to the job market and even though job growth is slowing sharply.
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Republicans Tried To Overturn The Election. We Must Not Forget
America prefers to look forward rather than back. We’re a land of second acts. We move on. This can be a strength. We don’t get bogged down in outmoded traditions, old grudges, obsolete ways of thinking.
How Corporations Crush The Working Class
The most dramatic change in the system over the last half-century has been the emergence of corporate giants and the shrinkage of labor unions.
Sedition
They must openly choose democracy or fascism.
Who Is Worse: Donald Trump Or Mitch McConnell?
Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich discusses the most dangerous politician of his lifetime, who has damaged our country in ways that will take a generation to undo...Mitch McConnell.
Most Devastating Of All: Mueller’s Indictment Of Trump’s Character
Democrats in Congress and talking heads on television will be consumed in the coming weeks by whether the evidence in the Mueller report, especially of obstruction of justice, merits impeachment.
How McConnell Is Killing The Senate
Congress has recessed for 2 weeks without passing a desperately-needed disaster relief bill. Why not? Because Mitch McConnell didn’t want to anger Trump by adding money for Puerto Rico that Democrats have sought but Trump doesn’t want.
Warren Is Correct About Busting Up Big Tech
Presidential hopeful Senator Elizabeth Warren announced Friday she wants to bust up giants like Facebook, Google, and Amazon.
Dictator Trump
A president who claims he has an absolute right to declare a national emergency and spend government funds that Congress has explicitly refused to appropriate for the ends he seeks, is assuming the role of a dictator.

Work Experience

Professor of Public Policy
University of California at Berkeley
January 2006 - Present (16 years 7 months)
University Professor
Brandeis University
January 1997 - December 2005 (9 years 1 month)
Secretary of Labor
United States of America
January 1993 - January 1997 (4 years 1 month)

Education

Yale Law School
J.D.
/ 1973
J.D., 1973 (Law Review)
Oxford University
M.A.
/ 1970
M.A. 1970 (Rhodes Scholar)
Dartmouth College
B.A.
/ 1968
B.A. 1968 (summa cum laude)

Publications

Beyond Outrage
Robert Reich
Vintage
09/04/2012
America’s economy and democracy are working for the benefit of an ever-fewer privileged and powerful people. But rather than just complain about it or give up on the system, we must join together and make it work for all of us. In this timely book, Robert B. Reich argues that nothing good happens in Washington unless citizens are energized and organized to make sure Washington acts in the public good. The first step is to see the big picture. Beyond Outrage connects the dots, showing why the increasing share of income and wealth going to the top has hobbled jobs and growth for everyone else, undermining our democracy; caused Americans to become increasingly cynical about public life; and turned many Americans against one another.
Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future
Robert Reich
Knopf
09/21/2010
A brilliant new reading of the economic crisis—and a plan for dealing with the challenge of its aftermath—by one of our most trenchant and informed experts. When the nation’s economy foundered in 2008, blame was directed almost universally at Wall Street. But Robert B. Reich suggests a different reason for the meltdown, and for a perilous road ahead. He argues that the real problem is structural: it lies in the increasing concentration of income and wealth at the top, and in a middle class that has had to go deeply into debt to maintain a decent standard of living.
Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life
Robert Reich
Vintage
09/09/2008
From one of America's foremost economic and political thinkers comes a vital analysis of our new hypercompetitive and turbo-charged global economy and the effect it is having on American democracy. With his customary wit and insight, Reich shows how widening inequality of income and wealth, heightened job insecurity, and corporate corruption are merely the logical results of a system in which politicians are more beholden to the influence of business lobbyists than to the voters who elected them. Powerful and thought-provoking, Supercapitalism argues that a clear separation of politics and capitalism will foster an enviroment in which both business and government thrive, by putting capitalism in the service of democracy, and not the other way around.