I have 129 fans: Become a Fan. You'll get emails whenever I post articles on OpEdNews
Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor and Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, has a new film, "Inequality for All," to be released September 27. He blogs at www.robertreich.org.
SHARE Wednesday, May 27, 2020 My Advice to the Class of 2020
Here's my message to the Class of 2020: I'm not going to beat around the bush. These are hard times. You're graduating into the worst economy in 80 years, and we don't have any idea when or how the economy will recover. Much depends on the course of this tragic pandemic.
SHARE Sunday, May 24, 2020 A Tale of Two Pandemics
No description of the coronavirus is more misleading than calling it "the great equalizer." The horrific truth is that Native Americans, Latinos, and African-Americans are dying at much higher rates than white people -- and we don't know the half of it.
SHARE Wednesday, May 20, 2020 The Privileged and Powerful in the Pandemic
Those in power must stop viewing the pandemic as an obstacle to personal ambition. Over 300,000 people around the world have lost their lives in just four months, including more than 90,000 Americans.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 12, 2020 The Deathly Tragedy of American Exceptionalism
No other nation has endured as much death from Covid-19 nor nearly as a high a death rate as has the United States. And it is the only advanced nation where the death rate is still climbing. Three thousand deaths per day are anticipated by June 1st.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 10, 2020 Under Trump, American exceptionalism means poverty, misery and death
America has the tragic distinction of accounting for about 30% of pandemic deaths so far. And it is the only advanced nation where the death rate is still climbing. Three thousand deaths per day are anticipated by 1 June. No other nation has loosened lock-downs and other social-distancing measures while deaths are increasing, as the US is now doing.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 7, 2020 Donald Trump Is Getting Nervous
Internal polls show Trump losing in November unless the economy comes roaring back. But much of the economy remains closed because of the pandemic. The number of infections and deaths continue to climb. So what is Trump's re-election strategy? Reopen the economy anyway, despite the risks.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Trump's Personal Gain Trumps All
Trump called his impeachment a "hoax" and initially called the coronavirus a "hoax." But the real hoax is his commitment to America. In reality he will do anything -- anything -- to hold on to power.
SHARE Saturday, May 2, 2020 From Ukraine to Coronavirus: Trump's Abuse of Power Continues
As the death toll continues to climb and states are left scrambling for protective gear and crucial resources, Trump is focused on only one thing: himself. It doesn't matter that this is a global pandemic. Abusing his power for personal gain is Trump's MO.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 23, 2020 The solutions to the climate crisis no one is talking about
Both our economy and the environment are in crisis. The climate crisis is worsening inequality, as those who are most economically vulnerable bear the brunt of flooding, fires, and disruptions of supplies of food, water, and power.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 22, 2020 No bailout for Big Oil
Both our economy and the environment are in crisis. Wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few while the majority of Americans struggle to get by. The climate crisis is worsening inequality, as those who are most economically vulnerable bear the brunt of flooding, fires, and disruptions to supplies of food, water, and power.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, April 20, 2020 CEOs, not the unemployed, are America's real "moral hazard"
By saving the backsides of big corporations and their CEOs, the bailouts have rewarded corporate America's obsession with short-term profits regardless of longer-term risks to the corporation, its employees, and the overall economy.
SHARE Wednesday, April 15, 2020 Trump's Failed Coronavirus Response
Trump's priority was never public health. It was about making the virus seem like less of a nuisance so that the "numbers" would "look good" for his reelection.
SHARE Sunday, April 12, 2020 Billionaires Won't Save Us
We are the outlier among the world's advanced nations in subjecting our citizens to perpetual insecurity. We are also the outlier in possessing a billionaire class that, in controlling much of our politics, has kept such proposals off the public agenda.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 9, 2020 Dear Bernie
Robert Reich thanks Bernie Sanders for all that he has done for this nation.
SHARE Tuesday, April 7, 2020 How CEOs Are Ruining America
CEOs are in business to make a profit and maximize their share prices, not to serve America. And yet these CEOs dominate American politics and essentially run the system.