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Robert Reich

Sign a Contract, Lose Your Rights

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 11.14.2014 | Business
Fran Moreland Johns

A recent study showed that 94 percent of the time, in cases like these, the judgment goes in the company's favor. Appeal? There is none. The decision is binding, and I have signed away my right to appeal -- that's also in the fine print.

The Federal Reserve's Artful Compassion for Households in 'Sobering' Condition

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business
Timothy J. Barnett

Glaringly absent in the Fed's policy platform is a commitment to a fair architecture for capitalism that equitably distributes the fruits of enterprise by providing incentives for ethically pricing each person's contributions to the sustainable public good.

College Is Not a 'Ludicrous Waste of Money'

S. Georgia Nugent | Posted 11.07.2014 | College
S. Georgia Nugent

Given his particular political history, we might also surmise that his intention is to advocate more, rather than fewer educational opportunities. But that's not what comes across. Not only is the title misleading, but the argumentation is poor.

Liberal Nationalism Is Not Only Possible, It's Essential

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

There has to be something concrete that makes those of us living in the United States more than just co-residents who share little other than proximity. There has to be something that makes 300 million people into "we" and "us." That something is civic nationalism.

The Progressive Moment

Mike Lux | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

The progressive family tree is an big old tree with many branches. It is rooted deeply in the activism and courage of hundreds of years of American history. And the trunk of tree is the core values we all share.

Robert Reich: How To Save Capitalism

The European | Martin Eiermann | Posted 07.10.2014 | World

Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich urges us to save capitalism from its own excesses. He sat down with Martin Eiermann of the European re...

The Limits of Corporate Citizenship: Why Walgreen Shouldn't Be Allowed to Influence U.S. Politics If It Becomes Swiss

Robert Reich | Posted 09.05.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

Walgreen, the largest drugstore chain in the U.S. with more than 8,700 drugstores spread across the nation, is on the verge of moving its corporate headquarters to Switzerland as part of a merger with Alliance Boots, the European drugstore chain.

Warren Brings Populism Down South. Is Hillary Paying Attention?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

What should Democrats take away from Warren's visit to Kentucky? And what does it tell Hillary Clinton? It demonstrates Bill's old-fashioned triangulation -- the means by which the Democratic Party moved itself toward the corporate right -- has passed its sell-by date, even in Bill's native South.

Hillary's Hardest Choice (and the Democrat's Dilemma)

Robert Reich | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

In a world of downward mobility for the majority, Democrats need to acknowledge the widening divide and propose specific ways to reverse it.

Far Above Cayuga's Waters: Cornell Debates Race on Reunion Weekend

Danny Schechter | Posted 08.10.2014 | Media
Danny Schechter

How can you be in the past and present at the same time? Go to your college reunion. It was there that I deepened my involvement in civil rights activism and socially committed journalism.

Obama Just Pissed Off A Bunch Of People By Choosing Walmart

AP | By JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Flanked by bargain-priced displays of women's wear and patio lighting, President Barack Obama came to a Wal-Mart store ...

Inequality for All?

Benjamin Barer | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Benjamin Barer

While all U.S. citizens retain the power to vote, elections are now won and lost based on the influence of individuals and special-interest groups with incredible financial power. Where does that leave our democracy?

Government = Protection Racket for the 1 Percent

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

And at state and local levels, while the poorest fifth of Americans pay an average tax rate of over 11 percent, the richest one percent of the country pay -- are you ready for this? -- half that rate.

Robert Reich Shares A Story From What Was Probably The Most Powerful Classroom Ever

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics

Robert Reich, who served as Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton, shared a story on his Facebook page Wednesday of what might have been the...

Why Aren't Americans Taking to the Streets Over Economic Inequality?

Erica Abeel | Posted 06.04.2014 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

Inequality for All goes a long way in bringing viewers up to snuff on the country's dominant issue. Unfortunately, Kornbluth's film lacks the urgency and passion of Charles Ferguson's masterwork Inside Job. Or the work of other great documentarians, such as Alex Gibney and Erroll Morris. You want Inequality to be angrier.

Corporations Are Not Persons -- Never Were and Never Can Be

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

Here's a newsflash for the Roberts Court: Corporations are not persons. Like a legal Frankenstein unleashed, the conferral of personal rights upon the artificial person of a corporation undermines the rights themselves.

My Conversation With Robert Reich

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

As one of the leading experts on work and the economy, he shares his thoughts on the state of jobs, income inequality and more.

Hundreds of Inequality for All Watch Parties Organized Nationwide, Including San Francisco

Kyle McCarthy | Posted 04.28.2014 | San Francisco
Kyle McCarthy

The topic of income inequality is certainly heating up across the country. One reason for this is the movement surrounding former Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich's documentary, Inequality for All.

A Completely Unrealistic Solution to the Problem of Inequality

Floyd Elliot | Posted 04.26.2014 | Business
Floyd Elliot

Robert Reich, the perfectly-sized* former Secretary Of Labor, recently wrote about Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp, the company that mark...

Mindful Politics

Ira Israel | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics
Ira Israel

It is the electorate's fault that we have allowed corporations to hijack our government, influence politicians to deregulate their industries and then save them when they fail.

The Merger in Your Living Room

Alf LaMont | Posted 04.16.2014 | Comedy
Alf LaMont

For all my blustering about corporate greed, Internet freedom, and getting money out of politics, my beef with Time Warner is for their imbecilic intrusion into my life. As I write this, there is a Time Warner repair guy sitting in my living room quizzically looking at my TV.

Conservatives Don't Know the Enemy in War on Poverty

Gary Stein | Posted 03.29.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

They claim that the war has been lost, but do they truly understand what battles have been and are being fought or the nature of the victims?

Spiritual Death Can Be Avoided

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 03.24.2014 | Religion
Rev. Ed Bacon

It's the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at this writing. That means that it's the day in which we can return to forgetting about Dr. King's values or we can take a new stride in making Kingian principles tangible.

No Country for Guys' Guys

Bronwyn Fryer | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Bronwyn Fryer

The incandescently brilliant social-scientific minds on Fox News (the same ones who brought us "The War on Christmas," "Ground Zero Mosque" and other invented crises) now inform us that the most serious problems in America now have to do with the fact that men are being "feminized."

Will Poverty in America Finally Move to the Front Burner Again?

Pearl Korn | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Co-written with Jonathan Stone The "P" word has been buried for decades - yes, John Edwards brought it up in the 2008 elections, but who wants to rem...