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ROBERT B. REICH, 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 twentieth century. He has written thirteen books, including the best sellers “Aftershock" and “The Work of Nations.“ His latest, "Beyond Outrage,” is now out in paperback. He is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine and chairman of Common Cause. His new film, “Inequality for All,” is now available on Netflix, iTunes, DVD, and On Demand.
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Why So Many Americans Feel So Powerless

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 14:49
A security guard recently told me he didn’t know how much he’d be earning from week to week because...

How the New Flexible Economy is Making Workers’ Lives Hell

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 10:41
These days it’s not unusual for someone on the way to work to receive a text message from her...

The Defining Moment, and Hillary Rodham Clinton

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 11:50
It’s a paradox. Almost all the economic gains are still going to the top, leaving America’s vast...

The Big Chill: How Big Money Is Buying Off Criticism of Big Money

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 13:33
Not long ago I was asked to speak to a religious congregation about widening inequality. Shortly...

The Rise of the Working Poor and the Non-Working Rich

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 15:51
Many believe that poor people deserve to be poor because they’re lazy. As Speaker John Boehner has...

Why College Isn’t (and Shouldn’t Have to be) for Everyone

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 16:28
I know a high school senior who’s so worried about whether she’ll be accepted at the college of her...

The “iEverything” and the Redistributional Imperative

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 11:24
It’s now possible to sell a new product to hundreds of millions of people without needing many, if...

The 3 Biggest Myths Blinding Us to the Economic Truth1. The “job...

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 13:53

The 3 Biggest Myths Blinding Us to the Economic Truth

1. The “job creators” are CEOs, corporations, and the rich, whose taxes must be low in order to induce them to create more jobs. Rubbish. The real job creators are the vast middle class and the poor, whose spending induces businesses to create jobs. Which is why raising the minimum wage, extending overtime protection, enlarging the Earned Income Tax Credit, and reducing middle-class taxes are all necessary.

2. The critical choice is between the “free market” or “government.” Baloney. The free market doesn’t exist in nature. It’s created and enforced by government. And all the ongoing decisions about how it’s organized – what gets patent protection and for how long (the human genome?), who can declare bankruptcy (corporations? homeowners? student debtors?), what contracts are fraudulent (insider trading?) or coercive (predatory loans? mandatory arbitration?), and how much market power is excessive (Comcast and Time Warner?) – depend on government.

3. We should worry most about the size of government. Wrong. We should worry about who government is for. When big money from giant corporations and Wall Street inundate our politics, all decisions relating to #1 and #2 above become rigged against average working Americans.

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The Conundrum of Corporation and Nation

Sun, 03/08/2015 - 19:54
The U.S. economy is picking up steam but most Americans aren’t feeling it. By contrast, most...

Will the Democratic Nominee for 2016 Take on the Moneyed Interests?

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 14:59
It’s seed time for the 2016 presidential elections, when candidates try to figure out what...