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Bob Herbert
Bob Herbert is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the progressive think tank Demos. Herbert joined Demos after an 18-year career at the The New York Times as an Op-Ed columnist, writing about politics, urban affairs and social trends.

Entries by Bob Herbert

The Fire This Time

(180) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 12:43 PM

I remember the stunned reaction of so many Americans back in the summer of 2005 when legions of poor black people in desperate circumstances seemed to have suddenly and inexplicably materialized in New Orleans during the flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina.

Expressions of disbelief poured in from around the nation:...

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Why Walmart and Big Retailers Should Pay Their Workers More

(936) Comments | Posted November 18, 2012 | 3:07 PM

Henry Ford famously decided in 1914 to pay many of his workers the then incredible sum of five dollars a day, which was substantially higher than the prevailing wage at the time.

While that wasn't done specifically to enable Ford's workers to buy his cars (his primary objective...

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Obama: les excuses, ça suffit

(2) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 8:41 AM

Il est temps d'arrêter de trouver des excuses à Barack Obama. Avec tant d'enjeux dans cette élection, sa prestation lors du débat mercredi soir était indéfendable.

Depuis son élection, on a invoqué des raisons, publiquement ou en privé, pour expliquer pourquoi Obama semblait incapable de relever les plus grands défis...

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No More Excuses

(3180) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 6:47 PM

It's time to stop making excuses for Barack Obama. With so much at stake in this election, his performance at the debate on Wednesday night was indefensible.

Ever since he was elected, there have been reasons offered, either publicly or privately, for why Obama has been unable to fully engage...

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How We Can Bring Millions of Americans to the Middle Class

(949) Comments | Posted September 3, 2012 | 7:04 PM

The United States needs to be reimagined. A recent study from the Pew Research Center tells us that in economic terms the middle class "has suffered its worst decade in modern history." It's shrinking.

With jobs scarce, wages declining and the nation's wealth concentrating ever more intensely at...

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A Fair Shake for Those Who are Not Already Rich and Powerful

(64) Comments | Posted April 21, 2009 | 3:29 PM

The following are Bob Herbert's remarks on the occasion of his acceptance of the 6th Annual Ridenhour Courage Prize. For more information about the Ridenhour Prizes see and

I want to talk for just a few minutes about two wrong-headed ideas that are held by a...

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