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How the New Flexible Economy Is Making Workers’ Lives Hell

These days it’s not unusual for someone on the way to work to receive a text message from her employer saying she’s not needed right then.

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 READ MORE



Will Hillary Rodham Clinton Deliver on Her Promise to Be a ‘Champion’ for ‘Everyday Americans’?

If Hillary Clinton is to get the mandate she needs to get the United States back on track, she will have to be clear with the American people about what is happening and why—and what must be done. 

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 READ MORE



How Big Money Is Buying Off Criticism of Big Money

Our democracy is directly threatened when the rich buy off politicians.

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 READ MORE



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 READ MORE



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 READ MORE



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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 READ MORE



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 READ MORE



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 READ MORE



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 READ MORE



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 READ MORE



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 READ MORE



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 READ MORE



What You Need to Know About the Worst Trade Deal You’ve Never Heard Of (Video)

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, now headed to Congress, is a product of big corporations and Wall Street, seeking to circumvent regulations protecting workers, consumers, and the environment.

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 READ MORE



The Middle Class Can’t Be Saved Unless Wall Street Is Tamed

Do we really need reminding about what happened six years ago?

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE



Are Conservatives Actually Becoming More Compassionate?

Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney are zeroing in on inequality as America’s fundamental economic problem.

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 READ MORE



Workers Keep Getting Shafted and Wages Won’t Rise; What’s Going On?

Jobs are coming back, but pay isn’t.

Posted on Jan 14, 2015 READ MORE



We Made Progress in 2014, but There’s Far More to Do in 2015 (Video)

We’ve made progress this past year — raising the minimum wage in dozens of states and cities, providing equal marriage rights in a majority of states, limiting carbon emissions.

Posted on Jan 3, 2015 READ MORE



The Failure of Republican Economics

Dynamic scoring is the magical-mystery math Republicans have been pushing since they came up with supply-side “trickle-down” economics.

Posted on Dec 29, 2014 READ MORE



Why We Can’t Get the Government We Want and Deserve

Some believe the central political issue of our era is the size of the government. They’re wrong.

Posted on Dec 24, 2014 READ MORE



How Inside Traders Are Rigging America and Contributing to the Savage Inequalities of American Life

Major players on Wall Street have been making tons of money not because they’re particularly clever but because they happen to be in the realm where a lot of coins come their way.

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 READ MORE



Don’t Blame Republicans for Wall Street’s Scams; Democrats Are Also at Fault

America can’t tackle widening inequality without confronting the power and privilege lying behind it.

Posted on Dec 9, 2014 READ MORE



Is College Worth the Cost?

This is the time of year when high school seniors apply to college, and when I get lots of mail about whether college is worth the cost. The answer is unequivocally yes, but with one big qualification.

Posted on Nov 25, 2014 READ MORE



If You Want to Know What’s Happened to Our Democracy, Follow the Richest .01 Percent

Why should we care how the uber rich spend their money?

Posted on Nov 18, 2014 READ MORE



The Real Reason Behind the Democrats’ Big Midterm Losses

The president blames himself for the Democrats’ big losses Election Day. I respectfully disagree.

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 READ MORE



How to Reverse the Supreme Court’s Terrible ‘Citizens United’ Ruling in Time for the Midterms

In the early hours of Election Day, before dawn reaches the nation’s capital, Justice Anthony Kennedy is suddenly awakened by someone standing next to his bed.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 READ MORE


Why the Midterm Elections Should Matter Especially to Women

By Robert Reich

If Republicans take over Congress on Tuesday, the economic position of women will take a major hit.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 READ MORE



Americans Need Leaders Who Understand Their Plight Instead of Denying It

Call it Empathy Deficit Disorder. Some Democrats have it, but the disorder seems especially widespread among Republicans.

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 READ MORE


Pepsi and Coca-Cola Are Pulling Out All the Stops Against Berkeley’s Soda Tax

By Robert Reich

One out of three American kids is obese and at risk of early-onset diabetes. A major culprit is Big Soda.

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 READ MORE



Americans Need to Get a Grip: Ebola Is Not a Crisis in the U.S.

The real crisis is the hysteria over Ebola that’s being fed by media outlets seeking sensationalism and politicians posturing for the midterm elections.

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 READ MORE



How Taxpayers Unknowingly Fund Elite Private Universities as Public School Subsidies Shrink

What justifies so much government spending per student in private elite universities relative to public ones?

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 READ MORE



Big Pharma Is Robbing Us Blind and We’re Letting It Happen

America spends a fortune on drugs, more per person than any other nation on earth, even though Americans are no healthier than the people of other advanced nations.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 READ MORE



We Need to Raise Most People’s Wages to Grow the Economy for the Majority, Not the 1 Percent

Other cities and states should follow Seattle’s example.

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 READ MORE



Why Ordinary People Bear Economic Risks and Donald Trump Doesn’t

Bankruptcy was designed so people could start over. But these days, the only ones starting over are big corporations, wealthy moguls and Wall Street.

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 READ MORE



Harvard Business School’s Role in Widening Inequality

No institution is more responsible for educating the CEOs of American corporations than Harvard Business School.

Posted on Sep 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Berkeley vs. Big Soda

Fifty years ago this month, Berkeley, Calif., was the epicenter of the Free Speech Movement. Now, Berkeley is moving against Big Soda.

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 READ MORE



The Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Division of America

Detroit is a model for how wealthier and whiter Americans escape the costs of public goods they’d otherwise share with poorer and darker Americans.

Posted on Sep 6, 2014 READ MORE



Why College Shouldn’t Be the Only Gateway to the Middle Class

This week, millions of young people head to college and universities, aiming for a four-year liberal arts degree.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE



Back to School and to Widening Inequality

American kids are heading back to school. But the schools they’re going back to differ dramatically by family income.

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 READ MORE



The Disease of American Democracy

Most Americans feel powerless, and assume the political game is fixed. So why bother?

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 READ MORE



The Rebirth of Stakeholder Capitalism?

We’re all stakeholders in the American economy, and many stakeholders have done miserably.

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 READ MORE



The Disconnect Between Workers’ Pay and Social Worth

Does anyone seriously believe hedge-fund mogul Steven A. Cohen is worth the $2.3 billion he raked in last year, despite being slapped with a $1.8 billion fine after his firm pleaded guilty to insider trading?

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 READ MORE



The Increasing Irrelevance of Corporate Nationality

“You shouldn’t get to call yourself an American company only when you want a handout from the American taxpayers,” President Obama said Thursday.

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 READ MORE



The Rise of the Nonworking Rich

The real nonworkers are the wealthy who inherit their fortunes. And their ranks are growing.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 READ MORE



The Limits of Corporate Citizenship: Why Walgreen Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Influence U.S. Politics

Dozens of big U.S. corporations are considering leaving the United States to reduce their tax bills.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE



The Politics and Economics of Inequality: A Lecture to the Top One-Tenth of 1 Percent (Video)

Here’s a lecture I gave recently at this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival. The irony of talking about inequality with an audience composed almost entirely of the richest one-tenth of 1 percent of Americans was not lost on me.

Posted on Jul 5, 2014 READ MORE



Freedom, Power, and the Conservative Mind

Freedom is the one value conservatives place above all others, yet time and again their ideal of freedom ignores the growing imbalance of power in our society that’s eroding the freedoms of most people.

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 READ MORE



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Break the Koch Machine (Video)

A number of billionaires are flooding our democracy with their money, drowning out the voices of the rest of us. But Charles and David Koch are in a class by themselves.

Posted on Jun 28, 2014 READ MORE



Real Business Leaders Want to Save Capitalism

A few weeks ago I was visited in my office by the chairman of one of the country’s biggest high-tech firms who wanted to talk about the causes and consequences of widening inequality and the shrinking middle class, and what to do about it.

Posted on Jun 21, 2014 READ MORE



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How America’s Real Business Leaders Want to Save Capitalism

A few weeks ago I was visited in my office by the chairman of one of the country’s biggest high-tech firms who wanted to talk about the causes and consequences of widening inequality and the shrinking middle class, and what to do about it.

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 READ MORE



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The Three Biggest Right-Wing Lies About Poverty

Rather than confront poverty by extending jobless benefits to the long-term unemployed, endorsing a higher minimum wage or supporting jobs programs, conservative Republicans are taking a different tack.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 READ MORE


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