Robert Reich

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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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Empathy Deficit Disorder

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 19:46
Commenting on a recent student suicide at an Alaska high school, Alaska’s Republican Congressman Don...

Berkeley vs. Big Soda I got a call the other day from a stooge...

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:03


Berkeley vs. Big Soda

I got a call the other day from a stooge of Big Soda who was doing a “push poll” — trying to get me and all my neighbors to vote against Berkeley’s proposed one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary soft drinks.

Big Soda is pulling out all the stops — and the money — to prevent the tax, because Big Soda knows that if it fails in Berkeley it can’t pass anywhere.

Yet, just like tobacco, we know a small tax reduces consumption. And just like tobacco, consumption of sugary soft drinks is a huge health problem.

One out of three American kids is obese and at risk of early-onset diabetes. A major culprit is Big Soda.

Isn’t it time the people stood up against corporate moneyed interests that are determined to prevent us from protecting ourselves and our kids? (Please see the attached video, and share.)

 

 

Getting a Grip on Ebola

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Why Government Spends More Per Pupil at Elite Private Universities than at Public Universities

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:26
Imagine a system of college education supported by high and growing government spending on elite...

Why We Allow Big Pharma to Rip Us Off

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 18:43
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Why the Economy is Still Failing Most Americans

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 14:15
I was in Seattle, Washington, recently, to congratulate union and community organizers who helped...

Why Ordinary People Bear Economic Risks and Donald Trump Doesn't

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Harvard Business School's Role in Widening Inequality

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 21:35
No institution is more responsible for educating the CEOs of American corporations than Harvard...

Berkeley vs. Big Soda

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 08:52
I was phoned the other night in middle of dinner by an earnest young man named Spencer, who said he...