Robert Reich

United States Secretary of Labor Robert Reich

Robert Bernard Reich is an American political economist, professor, author, and political commentator. He served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and was Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997. Reich is currently Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He was formerly a professor at Harvard University's John F.
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24 June 1946

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#MeToo Is Currently Playing Like A Partisan Revolution. Let's Fix That
Huffington Post - 2 months
“Tyranny beckons when the principled fall on their swords while the unprincipled keep theirs.” Robert Reich, 12.7.17 Revolution
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Robert Reich Shows Off His Cartooning Skills In 'Economics In Wonderland'
NPR - 3 months
"Economic concepts don't readily lend themselves to cartoons," says the former secretary of Labor, a talented cartoonist who's put a lot of thought into drawing abstract ideas like tax expenditures. (Image credit: )
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'Donald Trump is trying to start a civil war,' warns former US Labor Secretary
Yahoo News - 6 months
Donald Trump is "trying to start a civil war", a former US Labor Secretary has claimed in the wake of the US President's inflammatory comments on the Charlottesville attacks. Robert Reich accused Mr Trump of licensing violence as a "political strategy" and quietly inciting a conflict between his core base of white, socially conservative voters and everyone else. It comes just hours after the former real estate mogul blamed "both sides" for the deadly violence in Virginia over the weekend in a historic press conference that drew condemnation from around the world.
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Berkeley Professor Robert Reich: First Amendment is 'absolutely critical'
Yahoo News - 10 months
Conservative author Ann Coulter discusses the state of the First Amendment with Berkeley Professor Robert Reich.
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Why American Should Care About Threats To Academic Freedom In Hungary And The U.S.
Huffington Post - 10 months
Cross-posted with the Washington Post. In recent weeks, we have seen a barrage of news showing the fragility of support for freedom of inquiry and expression. After disturbances at Middlebury and Claremont McKenna College, Ann Coulter has drawn media attention for being threatened with unmanageable protests at UC Berkeley. Apparently, being denied the opportunity to hold forth at UC Berkeley has made her inflammatory nastiness attractive to those who would otherwise ignore her attempts at provocation. The talk has since been rescheduled on campus. As Robert Reich, who teaches at Berkeley, noted: “How can students understand the vapidity of Coulter’s arguments without being allowed to hear her make them, and question her about them?” What’s next? Will Bill O’Reilly be called a champion of free speech because some university administration denies him a platform to speak on women’s issues? We must recognize the rights of protestors while at the same time ensuring that those invi...
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Trump's Budget Director Declares Class War On The American People
Huffington Post - 10 months
White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney has issued a declaration of class war against the American people. His words may have sounded wonkish or technical, but underneath the coded language, Mulvaney was expressing Republicans’ extreme ideas with unusual directness. The Interview In an interview with CNBC’s John Harwood, Mulvaney was asked about Trump’s stated intention to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure spending. (Trump won’t. He will almost certainly propose far less, offer tax breaks to corporations and billionaires, sell off public resources, and then claim the total adds up to $1 trillion.) “Will Republicans be comfortable with adding to the deficit to pay for a trillion dollars in infrastructure?” Harwood asked. Mulvaney’s response began this way: “Bad spending to me in terms of its economic benefit would be wealth transfer payments. It’s a misallocation of resources.” The term “transfer payment” is commonly applied to health and welfare programs, and othe...
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WATCH: This Week 02/26/17: President Trump Faces More Questions About Campaign's Alleged Russia Ties
ABC News - 12 months
Guests: Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Nancy Pelosi, Jim Jordan, Tom Perez, Stephanie Cutter, Amy Holmes, Robert Reich, David Remnick, Matt Schlapp
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Enjoying President Trump? Then Blame Democrats For Cheating Bernie Sanders
Huffington Post - about 1 year
In a recent article, I explain that President Obama either bombed, sanctioned or sent American soldiers to the seven nations on President Trump’s travel ban. Thus, the precedent for Trump’s stance on refugees correlates directly to policies from the Bush and Obama years. These policies helped create the refugee crisis that Trump has so awkwardly addressed with his draconian executive order. From Trump’s travel ban of Muslim majority nations to allegedly belligerent phone calls with world leaders, media and Democrats have reacted with outrage and disbelief. It’s as if the Democratic Party and loyal “lesser evil” voters didn’t think cheating Bernie Sanders would lead to such political turmoil. When Debbie Wasserman Shultz resigned from the DNC and friendly journalists covered-up the crime, it was too late; Bernie was forced out of the primary. The only chance for Democrats to defeat a populist Republican nominee, during an anti-establishment year in American politi...
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Is Trump backtracking on 'draining the swamp'?
CNN - about 1 year
Is president-elect Trump really 'draining the swamp' with his wealthy cabinet choices? Jeffrey Lord and Robert Reich weigh in with Anderson Cooper.
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Robert Reich to Trump: Stop acting 'thin-skinned and vindictive'
CNN - about 1 year
Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich called out President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday for lashing out at a union leader who criticized the Carrier job deal.
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Portland Could Be The First City To Tackle Outrageous CEO Pay
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Portland, Oregon, may soon be the first American city to take a legal stand against outsized CEO pay. In an explicit bid to reduce extreme income inequality, the city government is considering penalizing companies that pay CEOs many times more than average workers. Known for its progressive politics, Portland has already given workers paid sick leave, and the state of Oregon has raised the minimum wage. But this penalty more directly targets a major driver of income inequality that affects more people, said Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick, who called the city’s proposal a “direct assault on extreme inequality.” The draft of the proposed ordinance even cites the research of Thomas Piketty, a French economist who’s drawn attention to the issue of rising income inequality in recent years. Piketty’s bestselling 2014 book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, argues that rising executive pay is a major contributor to the widening ― and destabilizing ― gulf between the rich...
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Philanthropy Isn't Always Sexy: Why Domestic Violence Organizations Deserve Your Support Anyway
Huffington Post - over 1 year
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and we need to discuss some numbers. From September 11, 2001, to June 6, 2012, more American women were killed by intimate partners than all of the victims of 9/11 plus all of the American military fatalities due to the ensuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, combined. The numbers aren't even close. According to the FBI, 11,766 women lost their lives to domestic violence during the years that 6,614 citizens and troops were killed in terror attacks and war. And then there's this: If you already knew this, you are among a small minority of Americans. If you are shocked, you are probably among the majority of Americans who have a rudimentary understanding of the high rates of violence against women in so-called third-world countries, but not of the problem it is here. It's true that many more women are killed halfway around the world and that domestic violence in the U.S. pales by comparison. But it's not a zero-sum gam...
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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Global Trade War, Trump Edition
NYTimes - over 1 year
Why Larry Summers, Robert Reich and other economists think the Republican presidential candidate’s trade policies are ‘lunatic.’
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Ex-Wells Fargo Employees Sue, Allege They Were Punished For Not Breaking Law - NPR
Google News - over 1 year
NPR Ex-Wells Fargo Employees Sue, Allege They Were Punished For Not Breaking Law NPR Former Wells Fargo employees who say they were fired for following the law have filed a class-action lawsuit seeking $2.6 billion in damages as the fallout continues over the creation of millions of secret, unauthorized bank accounts. Two employees are ... Wells Fargo workers: Fake accounts began years agoCNNMoney Wells Fargo has some explaining to doBusiness Insider Robert Reich: Top Executives Must Be Brought to BookNewsweek Fortune -New York Post -Truth-Out all 210 news articles »
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Robert Reich Is Remarkably Ignorant About Corporate Tax And Tax Amnesties
Forbes - over 1 year
True, we're going to have to work hard and search well to find some economic idea or process which Robert Reich is truly familiar with (and no, it's not just me, Paul Krugman has been gloriously rude about him in the past, as we shall get to) but this particular [...]
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If Clinton Is Elected, What Should She Do With Bill?
NYTimes - over 1 year
Bill Clinton spoke as a loving and devoted husband Tuesday night at the Democratic convention. But if Hillary Clinton is elected in November, he will not just be the nation's first first gentleman, he will enter the White House having spent eight years in the job his wife will be starting. How should a second President Clinton deal with the first one? What role should he play? Responses: A Second Co-Presidency, Without So Much Controversy Carl Bernstein, author of "A Woman In Charge:The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bill Clinton Would Be an Ideal Middle East Envoy Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Writer and peace activist An Opportunity to Model Ideal Male Supportive Behavior Andra Gillespie, political science professor Listen, Cookie, the First Spouse Has Better Things to Do Jennifer Gilmore, novelist ...
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Supporting Bernie Sanders Does Not Excuse Misogyny
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
If Donald Trump's campaign has exposed America's "racist underbelly," then the Bernie Sanders campaign has exposed the progressive movement's misogynist underbelly. Some Sanders supporters seem to think that supporting a socialist justifies misogynist vitriol. It doesn't. I repeat: It does not matter how progressive your chosen presidential candidate is. There is no excuse for calling a woman a cunt. The last few weeks have been telling for leftists who were under the impression that this side of the political spectrum doesn't have a problem with women. At the Nevada State Democratic Convention on Sat. May 14 in Las Vegas, 64 potential Sanders delegates were denied. Sanders supporters were demonstrably outraged at this -- according to the Nevada State Democratic Party, "event security no longer had the capacity to control the unruly and unpredictable crowd," and it had to be shut down.  In response, party chair Roberta Lange had her phone number and address leaked, and r...
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Full Episode: This Week: 04/17/16: Presidential Candidates Set for New York Primary Contest
ABC News - almost 2 years
Guests: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Paul Manafort, Ken Cuccinelli, Matt Dowd, Robert Reich, Roland Martin, Mary Matalin
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  • 2016
    Age 69
    Reich also supports an unconditional and universal basic income. On the eve of a June 2016 popular vote in Switzerland on basic income, he declared that countries will have to introduce this instrument sooner or later.
    On February 26, 2016, he endorsed Bernie Sanders for President of the United States.
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  • 2015
    Age 68
    In September 2015, his book Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few was published.
  • 2012
    Age 65
    In April 2012, his book Beyond Outrage was published as an e-book.
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    Until 2012, he was married to British-born lawyer Clare Dalton, with whom he has two sons, Sam and Adam.
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  • 2010
    Age 63
    In September 2010, his book Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future was published.
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  • 2009
    Age 62
    On April 3, 2009, Reich commented that published U6 employment figures indicate that the United States is in a depression.
  • 2008
    Age 61
    On April 18, 2008, Reich endorsed Barack Obama for President of the United States.
    During the 2008 primaries, Reich published an article that was extremely critical of the Clintons, referring to Bill Clinton's attacks on Barack Obama as "ill-tempered and ill-founded," and accusing the Clintons of waging "a smear campaign against Obama that employs some of the worst aspects of the old politics."
  • 2007
    Age 60
    In 2007 his book Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life was published.
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  • 2006
    Age 59
    On January 1, 2006 Reich joined the faculty of UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy.
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  • 2005
    Age 58
    In September 2005 Reich testified against John Roberts at his confirmation hearings for Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
    In early 2005, there was speculation that Reich would once again seek the Democratic nomination for Governor of Massachusetts.
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  • 2004
    Age 57
    In 2004, he published Reason: Why Liberals Will Win the Battle for America, a book on how liberals can forcefully argue for their position in a country increasingly dominated by what he calls "radcons", or radical conservatives.
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  • 2003
    Age 56
    In 2003, he was awarded the prestigious Václav Havel Foundation VIZE 97 Prize, by the former Czech President, for his writings in economics and politics.
    Reich became a professor at Brandeis University, teaching courses for undergraduates as well as in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. In 2003, he was elected the Professor of the Year by the undergraduate student body.
  • 2002
    Age 55
    In 2002, he ran for Governor of Massachusetts.
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  • 1996
    Age 49
    In 1996, between Clinton's re-election and second inauguration, Reich decided to leave the department to spend more time with his sons, then in their teen years.
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  • 1993
    Age 46
    He served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and was Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997.
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  • 1992
    Age 45
    Bill Clinton incorporated Reich's thinking into his 1992 campaign platform, "Putting People First," and after being elected, invited Reich to head his economic transition team.
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  • 1980
    Age 33
    From 1980 until 1992, Reich taught at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he wrote a series of influential books and articles, including The Next American Frontier and The Work of Nations.
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  • 1973
    Age 26
    From 1973 to 1974 he served as law clerk to Judge Frank M. Coffin, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and from 1974 to 1976 was Assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General, Robert Bork. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter appointed him Director of the Policy Planning Staff at the Federal Trade Commission.
  • 1968
    Age 21
    He attended John Jay High School in Cross River, New York, and Dartmouth College, graduating with an A.B. summa cum laude in 1968 and winning a Rhodes Scholarship to study Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the University of Oxford.
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  • 1964
    Age 17
    This made him a target for bullies and he sought out the protection of older boys; one of them was Michael Schwerner, who would be murdered by the Ku Klux Klan in 1964 for registration of African-American voters.
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  • 1946
    Born on June 24, 1946.
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