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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The Fall Of Davos Man
The annual confab of the captains of global industry, finance, and wealth is underway in Davos, Switzerland at the World Economic Forum.
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The Big Economic Switcheroo
America’s wealthy have never been wealthier. They should pay their fair share of taxes. The big switcheroo should be reversed.
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The Megalomaniac And The Stock Market
All modern economies depend on public confidence that politicians can’t lower interest rates to serve their own purposes – such as getting short-term growth at the expense of long-term inflation and instability.
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Watch Your Wallets
The problem with the Fed hiking rates now is that Trump has already stressed the paychecks of most Americans. The rate hike will make matters worse
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How To Hold Corporations Accountable
Charles E. Wilson, once CEO of GM, reputedly said that “what was good for our country was good for General Motors, and vice versa.” The idea was that large corporations had a duty to their shareholders, employees, customers, and community.
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China Tariffs Are A Regressive Tax On Americans, And Risk A Recession
These tariffs function exactly like taxes. By imposing them, you have in effect raised taxes on most Americans.
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Trump’s End
This morning I phoned my friend, the former Republican member of Congress to discuss Trump. Here's what we said...
Message To Millennials
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A Time For Integrity
To: Senators Jeff Flake, John McCain, Bob Corker, and Susan Collins, I write you as a patriotic American concerned about the peril now facing our democracy, asking you to exercise your power to defend it.
Trump’s Art Of The No Deal (Updated)
Trump promised to be America’s dealmaker in chief. But so far, Trump has made no deals at all, and the ones he thinks he’s made have unraveled.
The New Poll Tax
Hundreds of thousands of Americans are being denied the right to vote because they are poor.
Trump’s Civil War
Trump’s unwillingness to denounce the white supremacists who came to Charlottesville last weekend bent on violence has been part of his political strategy from the start.
Trump’s Rollback Of Civil Rights
Trump’s budget isn’t just about massive tax cuts for rich and major cuts in assistance for the poor. He also wants to roll back civil rights.
5 Reasons Why Trump’s Corporate Tax Cut Is Appallingly Dumb
Trump wants to cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent, in order to “make the United States more competitive.” This is truly dumb, for 5 reasons listed in this article.

Work Experience

Professor of Public Policy
University of California at Berkeley
January 2006 - Present (13 years 4 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.