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The Incalculable Damage of Doing Whatever It Takes to Win

By stretching the boundaries of what’s acceptable, Donald Trump, John McCain and others like them have undermined prevailing norms and weakened the tacit rules of the game—trapping us in a vicious cycle of public distrust.

Posted on Oct 23, 2016 READ MORE


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Democrats Have a Chance to Take Back the Senate—Here’s Why Progressives Should Care (Video)

By Robert Reich /

There are at least 12 races in play. Win five, and Democrats are in control regardless of the outcome of the presidential election. This would be great news for progressives for a number of reasons.

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The Ascendance of Hillary Clinton and Paul Ryan Will Mark a Win for Big Business and Wall Street

The Democratic candidate won’t be the only winner when Donald Trump and his fellow haters are defeated on Election Day (as looks increasingly likely).

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 READ MORE

Those of You Who Still Don’t Want to Vote for Hillary Clinton, Please Reconsider

I continue to hear from many people who call themselves progressives or liberals but tell me they won’t vote for Hillary Clinton in the upcoming election. With due respect, I believe they’re wrong.

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 READ MORE

Wishful Thinking: The First Hundred Days After Nov. 8

If Hillary Clinton is elected president, hopefully Elizabeth Warren will challenge her in the 2020 Democratic primaries if Clinton isn’t sufficiently progressive and bold during her first term.

Posted on Oct 9, 2016 READ MORE

Why We’ll Definitely Need a Universal Basic Income (Video)

As new technologies replace work, the question for the future is how best to provide economic security for all.

Posted on Oct 2, 2016 READ MORE

Why Hillary Clinton’s Anti-Trump Campaign Could Backfire

The Clinton campaign is relentlessly focusing on the defects of Donald Trump rather than the defects of the Republican agenda. That’s understandable, and it could be a winning strategy. But it has pitfalls.

Posted on Oct 2, 2016 READ MORE

It’s Time for Congress to Stop Hollering at CEOs and Actually Take Action

Instead of setting up further rounds of CEO perp walks for the TV cameras, Congress should give the Justice Department and regulatory agencies enough funding to do their jobs.

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 READ MORE

My Coffee With a Donald Trump Supporter

I finally found a Trump supporter Monday morning when I went to buy coffee. He called Trump a successful businessman and went on to say, “We need a successful businessman as president.”

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 READ MORE

Why You Really Must Get Behind Hillary Clinton—Now

Election Day is less than two months away. Please read my response to those of you who still don’t want to vote for Clinton.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 READ MORE

Trump’s Yuge Bamboozle

Donald Trump poses as a working-class populist, but his economic plan for the U.S. would be a gusher for the wealthy—and almost nothing would trickle down to anyone else.

Posted on Sep 18, 2016 READ MORE

Why Corporate Tax Deserters Shouldn’t Get the Benefits of Being American Corporations (Video)

By Robert Reich /

Apple is only the latest big global American corporation to use foreign tax shelters to avoiding paying its fair share of U.S. taxes. It’s just another form of corporate desertion.

Posted on Sep 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

One Big Bill Clinton Campaign Promise That a President Hillary Should Finally Keep

If elected, Hillary Clinton should fulfill a pledge of her husband’s that fell through when he got to the White House: Bar companies from taking tax deductions on executive pay above $1 million.

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 READ MORE

A Message to Working People From a Former Labor Secretary

Your typical wage is below what it was in the late 1970s, in terms of what it can buy. Yet the American economy is twice as large as it was back then.

Posted on Sep 6, 2016 READ MORE

The Disconnect Between Economists and the Public in Assessing Free Trade (Video)

By Robert Reich /

Economists still think free trade benefits most Americans, but, according to polls, only 35 percent of voters agree. Why this discrepancy?

Posted on Sep 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Standing Up to Apple

For years, Washington lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have attacked big corporations for avoiding taxes by parking their profits overseas. Last week, the European Union did something about it.

Posted on Sep 4, 2016 READ MORE

What Will Happen to Donald Trump’s Voters if He Loses the Presidential Election?

I think Trump will lose the November election, but I doubt he’ll be “history,” as a friend told me recently.

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 READ MORE

The World After Trump

So what will happen to the Trump voters after he loses big? They will be madder than hell, poisoned with Trump’s venom. They will be a ready-made constituency for the next demagogue.

Posted on Aug 28, 2016 READ MORE

Why a Single-Payer Health Care System Is Inevitable

Our real health care choice is either a hugely expensive, for-profit oligopoly or a government-run, single-payer system—like those in place in almost every other advanced economy.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 READ MORE

Aetna Shows Why We Need a Single-Payer System

The decision by the giant insurer to bail out from 11 of the 15 states where it sells Obamacare plans provides the best argument for changing our approach to health care in America.

Posted on Aug 17, 2016 READ MORE

Why Hillary Clinton Will Need Bernie Sanders’ ‘Political Revolution’ to Get Anything Done

It looks increasingly likely that the Democratic nominee, a self-described “progressive who likes to get things done,” will have her chance starting next January. But how much that is progressive will she actually be able to accomplish?

Posted on Aug 16, 2016 READ MORE

Why a Tax on Wall Street Trades Is a Great Idea (Video)

By Robert Reich /

One of Bernie Sanders’ most important proposals didn’t receive enough attention and should become law.

Posted on Aug 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The Real Threat to American Sovereignty

For Donald Trump, the biggest U.S. challenges are three-dimensional items that cross our borders, such as unwanted imports and undocumented immigrants. He’s wrong.

Posted on Aug 9, 2016 READ MORE

Why the Shake-Up at the Democratic National Committee Is Doomed

The departure of three senior officials Tuesday means more headaches for the DNC, still reeling from an embarrassing breach of its email system.

Posted on Aug 4, 2016 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton and America Are Headed Toward a Larger Reckoning That Will Extend Past Election Day

In her speech accepting the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton said the nation was at “a moment of reckoning.” She’s right, but the reckoning is not simply the choice voters face this fall between her and Donald Trump.

Posted on Aug 2, 2016 READ MORE

Chris Hedges and Robert Reich Debate the Future of the Progressive Movement (Video)

Hedges and Reich appear on “Democracy Now!” to debate whom progressives should support now that Sanders has endorsed Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Does Hillary Clinton Understand the Biggest Divide in American Politics?

The divide this election is not between the right and the left, but between the anti-establishment and the establishment, and I worry Hillary just doesn’t get it.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 READ MORE

A Short Note to Bernie Supporters Who Equate Hillary Clinton With Donald Trump

May I have a word with those of you Bernie supporters who consider Donald Trump to be no worse than Hillary Clinton?

Posted on Jul 24, 2016 READ MORE

Why People Find Hillary Clinton Untrustworthy

It is worth noting that despite all the stories, allegations, accusations, insinuations and investigations spread over a quarter century, there has never been any finding that she engaged in illegal behavior.

Posted on Jul 17, 2016 READ MORE

Why Are Republicans and Democrats Even Bothering With Conventions Anymore?

Our two major political parties no longer nominate people to be president. The parties have instead become giant machines for producing infomercials, raising big money and rewarding top sales reps with big bashes every four years.

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 READ MORE

These Are Bernie Sanders’ Seven Biggest Legacies (Video)

By Robert Reich

The Vermont senator’s presidential campaign is now officially over, but the movement that he started is still just beginning.

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The Five Principles of Patriotism (Video)

By Robert Reich

We talk a lot about patriotism, especially around July Fourth, but we also need to take to heart its five basic principles.

Posted on Jul 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

This Fourth of July Let’s Choose Patriotism That Stands for Inclusion Over Exclusion, Hope Over Fear

We hear a lot about patriotism, especially around the Fourth of July. But in 2016 we’re hearing about two very different types of patriotism.

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 READ MORE

I Have a Big Idea for Hillary

Hillary Clinton needs a big idea that gives her presidential candidacy a purpose and rationale—and, if she’s elected, a mandate to get something hugely important done.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 READ MORE

Eight Reasons Republicans Must Dump Trump (Video)

By Robert Reich

The Republican Party still has time to change its mind.

Posted on Jun 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

If There’s One Idea That Summarizes Donald Trump, It’s Winning at Any Cost

Trump is the extreme, but his candidacy is the logical culmination of years of win-at-any-cost politics. And if any public official is responsible for starting us down this bleak road, it’s Newt Gingrich – reputedly on the short-list for becoming Trump’s vice president.

Posted on Jun 12, 2016 READ MORE

A Public Note to My Friend, Bernie Sanders

I don’t know what you’re going to do from here on, and I’m not going to advise you. But let me tell you this: You’ve already succeeded.

Posted on Jun 9, 2016 READ MORE

‘It’s Not Over Until It’s Over’: Robert Reich Interviews Bernie Sanders (Video)

By Robert Reich

Saturday morning I heard from an old friend here in California who said, “I’m for Bernie, but he doesn’t really have a chance anymore. So isn’t my vote for him in the California primary just prolonging the agony, and indirectly helping Trump?”

Posted on Jun 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Comments of the Week: Reality Check Edition

Several of this week’s picks were of the straight-and-to-the-point variety.

Posted on May 29, 2016 READ MORE

Suggestions for Both Clinton and Sanders Supporters That Neither Will Like

With the Democratic primaries grinding to a bitter end, I have some advice for divided Democrats.

Posted on May 29, 2016 READ MORE

What College Graduates Can Expect as They Enter the New World of Work (Video)

By Robert Reich

What do you need to know—about the new world of work, but also about yourself—as you graduate and launch yourself into the world of work?

Posted on May 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Why Donald Trump Might Win

A new poll finds Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in a statistical tie, with Trump leading Clinton 46 percent to 44 percent among registered voters. Polls this far before an election don’t tell us much, but in this case they do raise a serious question.

Posted on May 23, 2016 READ MORE

Robert Reich: If Bernie Sanders Isn’t the Democratic Nominee, Fight for Hillary Clinton

A prominent Sanders supporter, economist Robert Reich urges his allies to “work like hell” for Clinton if Sanders loses the nomination—and many of them don’t like it.

Posted on May 20, 2016 READ MORE

The Third Way: Share-the-Gains Capitalism

If I were a betting man, I’d bet on a model of capitalism that’s neither no-lose socialism for the rich nor cruel hypercapitalism for the rest, but share-the-gains capitalism for everyone.

Posted on May 3, 2016 READ MORE

Why the Racial Wealth Gap Is Widening—and Some Steps to Reverse It (Video)

By Robert Reich

Unless you earn enough to be able to begin to accumulate wealth, you can’t get ahead. That’s why kids from low-income families start out in life at a huge disadvantage—especially children of color.

Posted on May 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The Endgame of 2016’s Anti-establishment Politics

Will Bernie Sanders’ supporters rally behind Hillary Clinton if she gets the nomination? Likewise, if Donald Trump is denied the Republican nomination, will his supporters back whoever gets the Republican nod?

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 READ MORE

The New Common Ground Between Populist Left and Right (Video)

If we join together, we can make these things happen.

Posted on Apr 24, 2016 READ MORE

Why Isn’t Everyone in Favor of Taxing Financial Speculation?

Why is there so little discussion about one of Bernie Sanders’s most important proposals—to tax financial speculation?

Posted on Apr 19, 2016 READ MORE

Bernie and the Big Banks

The recent kerfuffle over Bernie Sanders supposedly not knowing how to bust up the big banks says far more about the threat he poses to the Democratic establishment and its Wall Street wing than it does about the candidate himself.

Posted on Apr 10, 2016 READ MORE

We Must Stop Voter Suppression (Video)

By Robert Reich

We need to move to the next stage of voting rights—a new Voting Rights Act—that renews the law that was effectively repealed by the conservative activists on the Supreme Court.

Posted on Apr 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

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