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Robert Reich


Robert Reich


Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, is professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of "Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future." He blogs at robertreich.org.


No magic bullet for good jobs
By Robert Reich

JOBS ARE returning with depressing slowness, and most of the new jobs pay less than the jobs that were lost in the Great Recession.

Economic determinists assume that globalization and technological advancement necessarily condemn a large portion of the American workforce to underemployment and stagnant wages, while rewarding those with the best educations and connections with ever higher wages and wealth.

Many on the right of the political spectrum say we should accept this outcome because we mustn’t interfere with the free market. Some on the left say we should withdraw from global trade; a few want us to become neo-Luddites and stop using labor-saving technologies.

Both sides are wrong. Other nations

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 2:21 PM
 
The two centers of power today
By Robert Reich

THERE ARE TWO great centers of unaccountable power in the American political-economic system today — places where decisions that significantly affect large numbers of Americans are made in secret and are unchecked either by effective democratic oversight or by market competition.

One goes by the name of the intelligence community, and its epicenter is the National Security Agency (NSA) within the Defense Department. If we trusted that it reasonably balanced its snooping on Americans with our nation’s security needs, and that our elected representatives

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 4:19 PM
 
Signs still show a stormy economy
By Robert Reich

ECONOMIC forecasters exist to make astrologers look good. But the recent jubilance is enough to make even weather forecasters blush.

“The economy is going gangbusters! Just look at consumer spending!”

“Look at home prices! Look at the bull market!”

Please.

I can understand the jubilation in the narrow sense that

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 3:02 PM
 
Family values and the economy
By Robert Reich

My mother went into paid work soon after my father’s clothing store was flooded out in a hurricane, almost wiping him out. She had no choice. We needed the money.

This was some two decades before a tidal wave of wives and mothers went into paid work.

For the relatively few women with four-year college degrees, this change was the consequence of wider educational opportunity and new laws against gender discrimination that opened professions to well-educated women.

But the vast majority of women entered the paid workforce

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 2:59 PM
 
The xenophobes find new targets

By Robert Reich

THE BOSTON Marathon bombing has brought out the xenophobes.

Often when America suffers some large, inexplicable tragedy, we want to blame foreigners and look for ways to fortify ourselves against them. It’s more reassuring to believe that an evil lies outside our borders — in them — than to face the possibility that it’s randomly among us.

And like the communist scare before it, the so-called war on terror — a war without end — offers a convenient means of targeting the source as a foreign menace bent on destroying us.

Let’s blame immigrants, say the xenophobes. Sen.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 2:08 PM
 
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