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ROBERT B. REICH, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, was Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration. Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the last century. He has written thirteen books, including the...

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How the Rise of the Working Poor and Nonworking Rich Is Challenging Core American Assumptions

Many believe that poor people deserve to be poor because they’re lazy and that the rich deserve their wealth because they work harder than others. The reality is very different.

Posted on Mar 31, 2015



Here’s Why It’s Time to Give Up the Idea That Everyone Must Go to College

The biggest absurdity is that a college degree has become the only gateway into the American middle class when not every young person is suited to four years of college. This has to stop.

Posted on Mar 23, 2015



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We Need a New Economic Model Because the Current Model Is Falling Apart

The economy toward which we’re hurtling—in which more and more is generated by fewer and fewer people who reap almost all the rewards, leaving the rest of us without enough purchasing power—can’t function.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015



The Only Way to ‘Unrig’ the System Is to Know the Truth About the Economy (Video)

Here’s why myths such as the notion that “job creators” are CEOs, corporations and the rich, whose taxes must be kept low to induce them to create more jobs, are rubbish.

Posted on Mar 16, 2015



Why Aren’t Americans Feeling the U.S. Economy’s Improvements?

The U.S. economy is picking up steam, but most Americans aren’t feeling it. By contrast, most European economies are still in bad shape, but most Europeans are doing relatively well. What’s behind this?

Posted on Mar 9, 2015



Will the Democratic Nominee for 2016 Have the Courage to Take On the Moneyed Interests?

Taking on the moneyed interests is risky, but a failure to take them on prevents any real change in the prospects of the bottom 90 percent of Americans.

Posted on Mar 3, 2015



Why We’re All Becoming Independent Contractors

The rise of “independent contractors” is the most significant legal trend in the American workforce—contributing directly to low pay, irregular hours and job insecurity.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015



How Trade Deals Boost the Top 1 Percent and Bust the Rest

I used to believe in trade agreements. That was before the wages of most Americans stagnated and a relative few at the top captured just about all the economic gains.

Posted on Feb 17, 2015



Do Workers Truly Get What They’re Worth in the Market?

My recent column about the growth of on-demand jobs like Uber making life less predictable and secure for workers unleashed a small barrage of criticism from some who contend that workers get what they’re worth in the market.

Posted on Feb 10, 2015



We’re Barreling Toward a Robot-Based Economy Where All Profits Go to the Robots’ Owners

How would you like to live in an economy in which robots do everything that can be predictably programmed in advance and almost all profits go to the robots’ owners?

Posted on Feb 3, 2015



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