Robert B. Reich is an American political commentator, professor and author. But power is a zero-sum game. “Just split the baby and move on.”. He also discusses UBI, income inequality and what he'd like to see in a Biden administration. Robert Reich's latest book, The System: Who Rigged It, How We Change It, will be out in March. Robert Reich Fatigued by the coronavirus and Trump, the idea of going back to normal is seductive – we must guard against it Sun 29 Nov 2020 01.00 EST Last modified on … For the last 40 years, hourly wages have stagnated and almost all economic gains have gone to the top. Vaccines will allow “a gradual accrual of more normality as the weeks and the months go by as we get well into 2021”. Normal led to Trump. By contrast, structural inequalities are caused by a lopsided allocation of power. And they’re acceptable both to mainstream Democrats and to progressives. Robert Reich reflects on the recent election; the presidential contest and initiative results. Why have recent Democratic presidents been reluctant to take on structural inequality? Response to nature-lover (Reply #1). TigressDem (600 posts). Hallelujah. Inequality Media is a nonprofit co-founded by former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and Director Jacob Kornbluth following the success of their documentary film, Inequality For All. It’s a mistake to see this challenge as placating the progressive wing of the Democratic party. Robert Reich, a former US secretary of labor, is professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of Saving Capitalism: For … Robert Reich, a former US secretary of labor, is professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few and The Common Good. It is almost impossible to separate the two. Trump called Biden “the most boring human being I’ve ever seen”, and Americans seem to be just fine with that. For the same reasons, they’re unlikely to stir strong opposition from Republicans, a necessity for Senate confirmation, particularly if Democrats fail to win the two Senate runoffs in Georgia on 5 January. Donald Trump Opinion Trump administration US elections 2020 US economy US domestic policy He is no longer president. Robert Reich This article is more than 8 months old Using power and privilege to exploit the weak and vulnerable in the face of a common threat is morally repugnant. Economic expansions can be a positive-sum game because growth enables those at the bottom to do somewhat better even if those at the top do far better. Normal. Third, reallocating power is hugely difficult. Union membership didn’t expand significantly until more than a decade after FDR’s Wagner Act. And they’re unlikely to demand much attention from an exhausted and divided public. “It’s time we address the structural inequalities in our economy that the pandemic has laid bare,” President-elect Joe Biden said this week, as he introduced his economic team. "In reality, Donald Trump doesn’t run the government of the United States. The richest 10%, 92%. First, because they have taken office during deep recessions, which posed a more immediate challenge. His new book, , is out now. In a time of national trauma, has relinquished the core duties and responsibilities of the presidency. He is a columnist for Guardian US. And those at the top won’t relinquish it without a fight. Robert Reich, The Guardian August 16, 2020 (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) The division between Republicans and Democrats is no longer between left and right but … Having served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton, and as an advisor to President Obama, Reich now writes a weekly column for the Guardian… To the extent voters gave Biden a mandate, it was to end both scourges and make America normal again. Second, it’s because politicians’ time horizons rarely extend beyond the next election. Pulling out of a recession usually requires low interest rates and enough government spending to jump-start private spending. Robert Reich – Robert Reich | The Guardian UK Trump’s corporate giveaways and failure to improve the lives of ordinary working Americans are becoming clearer by the day Trump is remaking the Republican party into … Robert Reich This article is more than 4 months old The president’s assault on decency has created an emerging coalition, across boundaries of race, class and partisan politics Complacency would be deadly. ife is going to return to normal,” Joe Biden, Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few. Recih is a former Labor Secretary and currently Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. They will need to organize, mobilize and put sufficient pressure on Biden and other elected leaders to act. Hence the paradox. Both FDR and LBJ won at significant political cost. Yet the problem of widening inequality is distinct from the problem of recession. They will oppose substantial tax hikes to finance trillions of dollars of spending on education, infrastructure and a Green New Deal. When Biden entered the presidential race last year, he said history would look back on Trump as an “aberrant moment in time”. Black voters didn’t emerge as a major force in American politics until a half-century after LBJ’s landmark legislation. Given the road we were on, Trump and Covid were not aberrations. They’re competent and they care, in sharp contrast to Trump’s goon squad. That means reversing structural inequalities requires altering the distribution of power. He was talking about life after Covid-19, but you could be forgiven if you thought he was also making a promise about life after Trump. He doesn’t manage anything." Robert Reich: America’s Real Divide Isn’t Between Red And Blue — But Oligarchy And Democracy. In consequence, inequality has continued to widen – during both recessions and expansions. But he needs to be careful. Demand “law and order” and describe protesters as “thugs”, “lowlife” and “rioters and looters”. ROBERT B. REICH is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. This doesn’t make the objective any less important or even less feasible. The end of both aberrations conjures up a former America that, by contrast, might appear quiet and safe, even boring. Robert Reich in The Guardian: How have a relative handful of billionaires – whose vast fortunes have soared even during the pandemic – convinced the vast majority of the public that their wealth shouldn’t be taxed in order to support the common good? “Life is going to return to normal,” Joe Biden promised on Thursday in a Thanksgiving address to the nation. They and their economic teams have focused instead on jobs and growth. He served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. 2) Use racist fearmongering. The Guardian - Robert Reich. Robert Reich. He is a columnist for Guardian US Recessions are caused by sudden drops in demand for goods and services, as occurred in February and March when the pandemic began. The initial task facing Biden will be to restore jobs, requiring that his administration contain Covid-19 and get a major stimulus bill through Congress. Robert B. Reich is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for … All rights reserved. So the question is: in an exhausted and divided America that desperately wants a return to normal, where will Biden find the energy and political will for bold changes that are imperative? He was a member of President Barack Obama's economic transition advisory board. They’re intimately connected. In a column published Sunday in The Guardian, Reich, a Democrat who served in the Clinton administration, pointed to Trump’s dayslong advocacy of his inaccurate weather forecast that said Alabama was threatened by Hurricane Dorian, going so far as to produce a map with a circle awkwardly drawn around Alabama to make it look like the state was in the hurricane’s path. Since then, though, not even Democratic presidents have tried to alter the distribution of power in America. And they don’t want campaign finance reforms or any other measures that would dampen the influence of big money in politics. They were inevitabilities. Robert Reich, author, professor at the University of California, Berkeley, official in three administrations, including United States Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton, narrates Inequality for All.Reich is a thinker on the topic of inequality, having spoken on the subject for nearly three decades. Fatigued by the coronavirus and Trump, the idea of going back to normal is seductive – we must guard against it, Last modified on Mon 30 Nov 2020 16.16 EST. Normal is climate change now verging on catastrophe. Robert Reich This article is more than 7 months old A disproportionate number of Americans fall into the three groups who aren’t getting what they need to survive this crisis It’s a good team. The views expressed in this article are the author's own. His new book, The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It, is out now. They’re dead set against stronger unions and will resist attempts to put workers on their boards. Wealth and power are inseparable – wealth flows from power and power from wealth. “Is it $2.2tn, $1.5tn?” JP Morgan chief executive Jamie Dimon said recently in support of congressional action. Biden has said any stimulus bill passed in the lame-duck session will be “just the start”. But reversing “structural inequalities” is a fundamentally different challenge from reversing economic downturns. You could almost hear America’s giant sigh of relief, similar to that felt when Trump implicitly conceded the election by allowing the transition to begin. As it was in the time of FDR and LBJ, power is redistributed only when those without it demand it. He served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, as well as serving as the United States Secretary of Labor from 1993 to 1997 under Bill Clinton . The president-elect says he will address structural inequalities, but against entrenched interests, such works take time, Sun 6 Dec 2020 06.00 GMT Climate change and widening inequality are not two separate issues. Normal is a GOP that for years has been actively suppressing minority votes and embracing white supremacists. The richest 1% of US households now own 50% of the value of stocks held by Americans. That’s because any return to “normal” would be disastrous for America. Robert Reich The president-elect says he will address structural inequalities, but against entrenched interests, such works take time Biden’s economic team in Wilmington, Delaware this week. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. It is comforting to think of both Covid and Trump as intrusions into normality, aberrations from routines that prevailed before. Robert Reich, a former US secretary of labor, is professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few and The Common Good. Robert Reich, a former US secretary of labor, is professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few and The Common Good. The former labor secretary discusses his latest book, … All his designees, including Janet Yellen for treasury and Anthony Blinken for secretary of state, are experienced and competent – refreshing, especially after Trump’s goon squads. I wish that were true, but tRumpies believe in FB and YouTube more than MSM America wants to return to a reassuring normal, but Biden can’t allow it. Sun Nov 8, 2020, 12:51 PM. And health and environmental crises that make the coronavirus another step toward Armageddon. It’s about dealing with problems that have worsened for decades and if left unattended much longer will be enormously destructive. He is a columnist for Guardian … This one will also necessitate the successful inoculation of millions against Covid-19. Lyndon Johnson did it in the 1960s with the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, which increased the political power of Black people. He is a columnist for Guardian US, Available for everyone, funded by readers. His next book, The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It, will be out in March. Even if the Senate flips to the Democrats on 5 January, therefore, these three impediments may discourage Biden from tackling structural inequality. get a major stimulus bill through Congress, Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few. Robert Reich: Donald Trump's re-election playbook: 25 ways he'll lie, cheat and abuse his power. Franklin D Roosevelt did this in the 1930s, when he enacted legislation requiring employers to bargain with unionized employees. They could also be his great weaknesses. It means only that, as a practical matter, the responsibility for summoning the political will to reverse inequality will fall to lower-income Americans of whatever race, progressives and their political allies. Normal led to the coronavirus. Robert Reich, a former US secretary of labor, is professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of and . They also stand out for their abilities not to stand out. He is a columnist for Guardian US, America is being subjected to a stress test – and Republicans are failing | Robert Reich. 6. They will battle antitrust enforcement against their giant corporations, including Dimon’s “too big to fail” bank. His new book, The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It, is out now. Reallocating power can take years. President-elect Joe Biden’s cabinet picks so far ‘are experienced and competent – especially after Trump’s goon squads’. Donald J. Trump continues playing the role of Commander in Chief, Robert Reich suggested in a Sunday op-ed for The Guardian, but he is “no longer the president of the United States.”. Topics. Robert Reich April 28, 2019 8:00AM (UTC) This originally appeared on Robert Reich's blog.. The stock market’s meteoric rise has benefited the wealthy at the expense of wage earners. But the email I received a few days ago from a worker at Amazon’s Whole Foods delivery warehouse in Industry City, Brooklyn, New York, was particularly … They may overlap – last week the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a record high at the same time Americans experienced the highest rate of hunger in 22 years. Robert Bernard Reich is an American economic advisor, professor, author, and political commentator. The more of it held by those at the top, the less held by others. 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. Today’s corporate leaders are happy to support stimulus bills, not because they give a fig about unemployment but because more jobs mean higher profits. Despite Covid’s grim resurgence, Dr Anthony Fauci – the public health official whom Trump ignored and then muzzled, with whom Biden’s staff is now conferring – sounded guardedly optimistic last week. Having served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton, and as an advisor to President Obama, Reich now writes a weekly column for the Guardian… Biden’s early choices for his cabinet and senior staff fit the same mold – “boring picks”, tweeted the Atlantic’s Graeme Wood (referring to Biden’s foreign policy team), “who, if you shook them awake and appointed them in the middle of the night at any time in the last decade, could have reported to their new jobs and started work competently by dawn”. As a former secretary of labor, I often receive mail from workers with job complaints, who apparently believe I still have some authority. 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