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Robert Reich

American political economist
Robert Reich

Robert Bernard Reich (born June 24, 1946) is an American political economist, professor, author, political commentator, and was the 22nd Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997.


  • If nothing is done to counter present trends, the major fault line in American politics will no longer be between Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives. It will be between the 'establishment'—political insiders, power brokers, the heads of American business, Wall Street, and the mainstream media—and an increasingly mad-as-hell populace determined to 'take back America' from them.
    • Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future, Reich, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group (2010), p. 145

Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few (2015)Edit

  • Government doesn’t "intrude" on the "free market." It creates the market.
  • Those who argue for "less government" area really arguing for a different government—often one that favors them or their patrons.
  • The critical things to watch out for aren't the rare big events, such as the 2008 bailout of the Street itself, but the ongoing multitude of small rule changes that continuously alter the economic game. ... The "free market" is a myth that prevents us from examining these rule changes and asking whom they serve. The myth is therefore highly useful to those who do not wish such an examination to be undertaken.

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