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Robert Reich

Robert Reich

Robert Reich's writes at robertreich.substack.com. His latest book is "THE SYSTEM: Who Rigged It, How To Fix It." He is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center. He served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration.

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Robert Reich: How Amazon, Starbucks and other companies fight unions

By: - July 26, 2022

You as a worker have a legal right to join a union, but there are many ways big corporations are skirting the law to stop you from getting your fair share. You could be working for a union-buster and not even know it. Here are four of the biggest union-busting tricks to look out for: […]

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Robert Reich: Powerful corporations are driving up the cost of food

By: - July 15, 2022

Monopolies are slowly killing rural America — and driving up the price you pay for food. Just four firms control 85% of all beef, 66% of all pork, and 54% of all poultry. This degree of monopolization is hurting farmers — and you. Monopolists control nearly every part of the food production process, from selling […]

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Robert Reich: Bans on abortion, birth control, and same-sex marriage are at stake | Opinion

By: - June 29, 2022

Overturning Roe v. Wade is extreme, but what’s just as alarming is the logic Justice Samuel Alito used to justify it, which puts a whole range of other rights on the chopping block, too.   We enjoy many rights that are protected by the Constitution but not explicitly mentioned in it. One of these is […]

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Reich: Three things Biden can do now to help workers

By: - June 15, 2022

Did you know Joe Biden can help American workers right now, even without Congress? He can sign three executive orders, affecting a fifth of the economy and transforming millions of workers’ lives.  Now Biden has made campaign promises to support workers. So here are 3 ways he can fulfill that promise. First: require that the […]

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Reich: What the GOP culture war is really about

By: - May 25, 2022

Why do Putin and the Republican Party sound so much alike? Simple: Their culture wars have similar agendas. Both are trying to distract attention from the economic looting by their respective oligarchies. Vladimir Putin has been blasting so-called “cancel culture.” This was his third “cancel culture” rant in recent months. It’s the same imaginary crisis […]

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Robert Reich: Beware the slow motion coup | Opinion

By: - April 25, 2022

This commentary was originally published by Inequality Media.  The same people behind the January 6 insurrection are now trying to overthrow the government in a slow-motion coup. If they succeed, you can kiss our democracy goodbye. President Trump ultimately failed to overturn the 2020 election because a few election officials — secretaries of state in […]

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Robert Reich: How much is $100 billion, really?

By: - April 1, 2022

This commentary was originally published by Inequality Media. The word “billionaire” didn’t even exist until 1844. Fifty years later, we got “multibillionaire.” And for the next 127 years, that was enough. But in 2020, while the working class faced near-record unemployment during the pandemic, the wealthiest Americans faced a different problem. Some of them had […]

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Reich: Inflation is a sign of too much corporate concentration | Opinion

By: - March 1, 2022

Inflation! Inflation! Everyone’s talking about it, but ignoring one of its biggest causes: corporate concentration. Now, prices are undeniably rising. In response, the Fed is about to slow the economy — even though we’re still at least 4 million jobs short of where we were before the pandemic, and millions of American workers won’t get […]

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Reich: Political extremism is a one-sided affair | Opinion

By: - February 18, 2022

How did we get so politically divided? Well, it’s not because both sides have gotten more extreme. I got my start in American politics 50 years ago. My political views then — to grossly simplify them — were that I was against the Vietnam War and the military-industrial complex, strongly supportive of civil and voting […]