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  • Robert B. Reich: Why the anger?

    Why is the nation more bitterly divided today than it's been in 80 years? Why is there more anger, vituperation and political polarization now than even during Joe McCarthy's anti-communist witch hunts of the 1950s, the tempestuous struggle for civil...
  • Robert B. Reich: The loss of the public good

    Congress is in recess, but you'd hardly know it. This has been the most do-nothing, gridlocked Congress in decades. But the recess at least offers a pause in the ongoing partisan fighting that's sure to resume in a few weeks. It also offers an...
  • Robert B. Reich: Trimmings for Labor Day

    The good news this Labor Day: Jobs are returning. The bad news this Labor Day: Most of them pay lousy wages and provide low, if not nonexistent, benefits. The trend toward lousy wages began before the Great Recession. According to a new report from the...
  • Robert B. Reich: Remaking the basic bargain

    Congress will reconvene shortly. That means more battles over taxes and spending, regulations and safety nets, and how to get the economy out of first gear. Which means more gridlock and continual showdowns over budget resolutions and the debt ceiling....
  • Robert B. Reich: The triumph of progressivism: Graduation 2013 and 1968

    Many of you soon-to-be college graduates are determined to make the world a better place. Some of you are choosing careers in public service or joining nonprofits or volunteering in your communities. But many of you are cynical about politics. You see...
  • Robert B. Reich: The nation and the global corporation

    A Senate report criticizes Apple for shifting billions of dollars in profits into Irish affiliates where its tax rate is less than 2 percent, yet a growing chorus of politicians call for lower corporate taxes in order to make the U.S. more competitive....
  • Robert B. Reich: The real economy: The weather is still stormy

    Economic forecasters exist to make astrologers look good. But the recent jubilance is enough to make even weather forecasters blush. "The economy is going gangbusters! Just look at consumer spending!" "Look at home prices! Look at the bull market!"...
  • Robert B. Reich: Syrian crisis overshadows stark reality here in America

    While all eyes are on Syria and on America's response, the real economy in which most Americans live is sputtering. More than four years after the recession officially ended, 11.5 million Americans are unemployed, many of them for years. Nearly 4 million...
  • Robert B. Reich: The two centers of unaccountable power in America

    There are two great centers of unaccountable power in the American political-economic system today -- places where decisions that significantly affect large numbers of Americans are made in secret, and are unchecked either by effective democratic...
  • Robert B. Reich: Why the GOP can't learn

    It's as if they didn't learn a thing from the 2012 elections. Republicans are on the same suicide mission as before -- trying to block immigration reform (if they can't scuttle it in the Senate, they're ready to in the House), roll back the clock on...
  • Robert B. Reich: An economic strategy for better jobs, not just higher profits

    Jobs are returning with depressing slowness, and most of the new jobs pay less than the jobs that were lost in the Great Recession. Economic determinists assume that globalization and technological advancement necessarily condemn a large portion of the...
  • Robert B. Reich: Why Republicans want to tax students and not polluters

    A basic economic principle is that government ought to tax what we want to discourage, and not tax what we want to encourage. For example, if we want less carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, we should tax carbon polluters. On the other hand, if we want...