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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

Fiscal cliff deal won’t end battle

By Robert Reich

“IT’S NOT ALL I would have liked,” said Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, speaking of the deal on the fiscal cliff, “so on to the debt ceiling.”

For Republicans, the battle over the fiscal cliff is only a prelude to the coming battle over raising the debt

Tuesday, January 08, 2013 4:27 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, January 16, 2013 3:27 PM )
Let's take care of our children

America’s children seem to be shortchanged on almost every issue we face as a society.
Not only are we failing to protect our children from deranged people wielding semi-automatic guns, we’re not protecting them from poverty. The rate of child poverty keeps rising, even faster than the rate of adult poverty. We now have the highest rate of child poverty in the developed world.

Monday, December 24, 2012 4:49 PM
Holiday plight of retail workers


By Robert Reich

WE’RE OFFICIALLY into Christmas buying season when American consumers determine the fate of American retailers and, indirectly, the American economy.

What’s often forgotten is that consumers are also workers, and if their pay doesn’t keep up, they can’t keep the economy going.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 3:24 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, December 19, 2012 3:36 PM )
Corporations aren’t people


By Robert Reich

THE JUSTICE Department has entered into the largest criminal settlement in U.S. history with the giant oil company BP, in connection with the 2010 disaster in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 people and caused the worst oil spill in American history. BP pleaded guilty to 14 criminal counts, including manslaughter, and agreed to pay $4 billion over the next five years.

This is nonsensical. BP isn’t a criminal. Corporations aren’t people. They can’t know right from wrong. They’re incapable of criminal intent. They have no brains. They’re legal fictions — pieces of paper filed away in a vault in some bank.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012 3:23 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, November 28, 2012 1:47 PM )
It’s almost a civil war


By Robert Reich

THE VITRIOL IS worse than I ever recall. Worse than the Palin-induced smarm of 2008. Worse than the swift-boat lies of 2004. Worse, even, than the anything-goes craziness of 2000 and its ensuing bitterness.

It’s almost a civil war. I know families in which close relatives are no longer speaking. A dating service says Democrats won’t even consider going out with Republicans, and vice versa. My e-mail and Twitter feeds contain messages from strangers I wouldn’t share with my granddaughter.

What’s going on? Yes, we’re divided over issues like the size of government and whether women should have control over their bodies. But these aren’t exactly new debates. We’ve been disagreeing over the size and role of government since Thomas Jefferson squared off with Alexander Hamilton, and over abortion rights since before Roe vs. Wade almost 40 years ago.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 2:29 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, November 28, 2012 2:18 PM )

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