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Robert Reich: The “Center” of American Politics is on the Left

Donald Trump, Fox News, and Republicans in Congress label proposals they disagree with “fringe,” “radical,” or “socialist.” Well, let’s see where the American people actually stand.

June 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Robert Reich — Everything you need to know about the new economy

The biggest economic story of our time isn’t about supply and demand. It’s about institutions and power.

April 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Robert Reich: Trump’s End

This morning I phoned my friend, the former Republican member of Congress. ME: So, what are you hearing? HE: Trump is in deep sh*t.  ME: Tell me more.  HE: When … Continue reading

December 26, 2018 · 3 Comments

Robert Reich: Why I’m Betting on Millennials, This November 6th

In my thirty-five years of teaching college students, I’ve not encountered a generation as dedicated to making the nation better as this one. Millennials (and their younger siblings, generation Z’s) … Continue reading

September 26, 2018 · 1 Comment

Robert Reich: What Must We Do Now?

My friends, this is a dark hour. Intolerance, cruelty, racism, misogyny, xenophobia, and environmental destruction have been let loose across the land. Trump controls the Republican Party, the Republican Party … Continue reading

July 11, 2018 · 2 Comments

Robert Reich: The Moral Movement Against Violence

Join the Ku Klux Klan and get 10 percent off on your next Fed Ex shipment! Okay, the National Rifle Association isn’t quite the Klan. But it’s getting closer. For … Continue reading

March 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Robert Reich: Trump’s 10 Steps for Turning Lies into Truths

. Trump’s 10 Steps for Turning Lies into Half-Truths Earlier this year the Wall Street Journal’s editor-in-chief insisted that the Wall Street Journal wouldn’t label Trump’s false statements as “lies.” … Continue reading

March 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Robert Reich: The Onslaught of Tyranny

A president intent on developing a base of enthusiastic supporters who believe boldface lies poses a clear threat to American democracy. Donald Trump has just finished the last of his … Continue reading

December 20, 2016 · 4 Comments

Robert Reich: Trump’s Seven Techniques to Control the Media

Democracy depends on a free and independent press, which is why all tyrants try to squelch it. They use seven techniques that, worryingly, President-elect Donald Trump already employs. 1. Berate … Continue reading

November 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Robert Reich: Why We Need A Universal Basic Income

. As new technologies replace work, the question for the future is how best to provide economic security for all. Imagine a little gadget called an i-Everything. You can’t get … Continue reading

October 6, 2016 · 3 Comments

Robert Reich: The Real Threat to American Sovereignty

“Without a border, we just don’t have a country,“ Donald Trump says repeatedly. For him, the biggest threats to American sovereignty are three-dimensional items that cross our borders, such as … Continue reading

August 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges and Robert Reich debate “Who should Bernie voters support now?”

In his speech at the Democratic National Convention, Senator Bernie Sanders urged his supporters to work to ensure his former rival wins the presidential race. In this video, Amy Goodman … Continue reading

July 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

Robert Reich: Why We’re All Becoming Independent Contractors

GM is worth around $60 billion, and has over 200,000 employees. Its front-line workers earn from $19 to $28.50 an hour, with benefits. Uber is estimated to be worth some … Continue reading

March 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Robert Reich: How the Trade Deals Boost the top 1% and Bust the Rest

Suppose that by enacting a particular law, we’d increase the U.S.Gross Domestic Product. But almost all that growth would go to the richest 1 percent. The rest of us could … Continue reading

February 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

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