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Robert Reich backs Elizabeth Warren's plan to break up Big Tech

Robert Reich (previously) served in the presidential administrations of Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton, was Clinton's labor czar, and sat on Obama's economic transition advisory board; though he is generally on the Democratic Party's left flank, his own history shows that he has credibility with the establishment wing of the party as well. Read the rest

This short video clearly explains Russia's interest in getting Trump elected

In this video, Robert Reich gives a clear explanation of what Putin has gained from putting Trump in the White House as his puppet president.Trump has already delivered on or is in the process of delivering on many of Putin's demands: repudiate Nato, USA antagonizes Europe, USA leaves Paris Climate Accord, USA embarks on a new era of protectionism, USA ends sanctions on Russia. Read the rest

Robert Reich's open letter on the downticket and future legacy of Bernie Sanders

Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor to Bill Clinton (previously), published a beautiful open letter to Bernie Sanders setting out the senator's accomplishments and legacy. Read the rest

What the Democratic Party did to alienate poor white Americans

Robert Reich (previously), Bill Clinton's Secretary of Labor, asks "Why did the white working class abandon the Democrats?" and answers himself: it's partly about race, but it's mostly about finance. Read the rest

The Electable Mr Sanders

Robert Reich, who served as Bill Clinton's Secretary of Labor, chairs Common Cause, and wrote such bestsellers as Beyond Outrage, answers six of the most common objections to raised by "Bernie skeptics" who don't believe Bernie Sanders could win the presidential race. Read the rest

America's a rigged carnival game that rips off the poor to fatten the rich

America boasts a collection of one-of-a-kind policies that send wealth from the poor to the rich: the lack of competition in cable operators gives Americans some of the most expensive Internet anywhere; the rules permitting pharma companies to pay generics companies not to make cheaper versions of off-patent drugs gives Americans the most expensive pharmaceuticals in the world. Read the rest

Charity with US Characteristics: how our oligarchs buy their way out of criticism

The Koch brothers give a lot of money to universities, but on the condition that they get to approve the economics faculty. They give to public television, but only if they can cancel the airing of documentaries on climate change. They're not the only ones. Read the rest

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich answering questions on Reddit

Starting about an hour ago, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich is answering pretty much whatever questions people pose him on Reddit. Among the gems:

evasilev: What is the top priority policy change you would like to see outlined in Obama's upcoming policy speech to Congress?

Robert Reich: It will be a hard sell, but when consumers (whose spending is 70 percent of the economy) won't spend, and businesses (who are facing lackluster sales) won't hire, government has to be the spender of last resort. The President should ask for a trillion dollars to boost the economy. Not just on the WPA and CCC I mentioned, also infrastructure investment, also loans to cash-starved states and localities. With 25 million Americans looking for full-time work, and the cost of borrowing so incredibly low (T-bills at 2 percent), this is the only responsible thing to do.

patefacio: How is Clinton on a personal level? He looks like he'd be a great guy to have a beer with.

Robert Reich: I've known him since he was 22. At Oxford, as grad students, we didn't inhale together.

I thought about asking him if he'd like to join me for dinner this weekend, but I chickened out.

I'm Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor, author, and professor of public policy at Berkeley. AMA. Read the rest