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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Trump's Curious Coalition
Since becoming president, Trump has sought to reward both sides of this coalition – tossing boatloads of money to the ownership class, and red meat to the white working class.
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Trump’s Drug Pricing Scam
If Trump were serious about lowering drug prices he’d have to take on the U.S. drug manufacturers. But Trump doesn’t want to take on Big Pharma.
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The Monopolization Of America
America used to have antitrust laws that stopped corporations from monopolizing markets, and often broke up the biggest culprits. No longer.
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The Shameful Silence Of The CEOs
Today, big corporations and Wall Street essentially own the Republican Party. In the 2016 campaign cycle, they contributed $34 to candidates from both parties for every $1 donated by labor unions and all public interest organizations combined.
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While China Picks Winners, Trump Picks Losers
China’s theft of intellectual property is troublesome, but the larger issue of China’s industrial policy is not. The United States has an industrial policy, too. We just don’t do it well.
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The Truth About An Untethered Trump
China has been expropriating American intellectual property for years. But Trump isn’t trying to negotiate a way out or build a coalition of trading partners to pressure China. He’s just upping the ante – and causing the stock market to go nuts.
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Latest Posts
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.
Michael Flynn And The 6 Big Questions
The American public deserves to know the answers to at least the first five of these questions, and will then make a judgment on the sixth.
The Trust Destroyers
The cumulative damage of today’s ethos of doing whatever it takes to win, even at the cost of undermining the integrity of our system, is incalculable.
My Coffee With A Trump Supporter
How to tell a businessman from a con man.
The Five Principles Of Patriotism
True patriotism isn’t simply about waving the American flag. And it’s not mostly about securing our borders, putting up walls and keeping others out.

Work Experience

Professor of Public Policy
University of California at Berkeley
January 2006 - Present (12 years 7 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.