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 Unaccountable Institutions Are Shaping Your Life
Three centers of power increasingly dominate our lives, but are less and less accountable: The Supreme Court, the Federal Reserve, and Big Tech.
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What’s Really Driving Inflation? Corporate Power
The biggest culprit for rising prices that’s not being talked about is the increasing economic concentration of the American economy in the hands of a relative few giant big corporations with the power to raise prices.
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How Wealth Inequality Spiraled Out Of Control
The wealth gap between the richest Americans and everyone else is staggering.
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The Real Reason The Economy Might Collapse
Skyrocketing wealth inequality is weakening our economy. Seventy percent of the US economy depends on consumer spending. So American consumers need to spend enough money to buy most of the goods and services Americans are capable of producing.
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Today’s Jobs Report Reveals A Striking Thing: A Large Portion Of The American Workforce Is Now Effectively On Strike.
The U.S. added just 194,000 jobs in September, down from the 366,000 added in August and far below the million-plus in July (before the Delta variant took hold).
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The Week Ahead: Everything Hangs In The Balance, But The Economy Is A Wild Card
Expect more fear-mongering this week over failure to raise the nation’s debt ceiling.
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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 2 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.