In Saving Capitalism, Robert Reich reveals the entrenched cycles of power and influence that have damaged American capitalism, perpetuating a new oligarchy in which the 1 percent get ever richer and the rest - middle and working class alike - lose ever more economic agency, making for the greatest income inequality and wealth disparity since World War II.
"A riveting economics book! Mind. Blown."
Robert B. Reich urges Americans to get beyond mere outrage about the nation’s increasingly concentrated wealth and corrupt politics in order to mobilize and to take back our economy and democracy. Americans can’t rely only on getting good people elected, Reich argues, because nothing positive happens in Washington unless good people outside Washington are organized to help make those things happen after the election. But in order to be effectively mobilized, we need to see the big picture.
"A good, quick overview of our troubles"
The author of 12 acclaimed books, Robert B. Reich is a Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and has served in three national administrations. While many blamed Wall Street for the financial meltdown, Aftershock points a finger at a national economy in which wealth is increasingly concentrated at the top - and where a grasping middle class simply does not have the resources to remain viable.
"Very plausible assessment of our economy"
Analyzing the movement's deep-seated origins in questions that the country has sought too long to ignore, some of the greatest economic minds and most incisive cultural commentators capture the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon in all its ragged glory. They give listeners an on-the-scene feel for the movement as it unfolds while exploring the heady growth of the protests, considering the lasting changes wrought, and recommending reform.
"Interesting, but uneven."
From Robert B. Reich, passionate believer in American democracy and public servant, Reason is a guide to confronting and derailing what he sees as the mounting threat to American liberty, prosperity, and security posed by the radical conservatives, Radcons as he calls them.
Since the 1970s, and notwithstanding three recessions, the U.S. economy has soared. American capitalism has been a triumph, and it has spread throughout the world. At the same time, argues the former U.S. secretary of labor, Robert B. Reich, the effectiveness of democracy in America has declined. It has grown less responsive to the citizenry, and people are feeling more and more helpless as a result.
"Robert Reich for V.P. (of the U.S.)"
Robert Reich, Bill Clinton's secretary of labor, is concerned that both corporations and consumers have focused so much on profit that they are losing sight of principle. He discusses the importance of moral stands in the world of high finance and investment with The Wall Street Journal's R. Thomas Herman.
Der Kapitalismus zerstört sich selbst, wenn er auf den Profit der wenigen setzt, sagt Robert B. Reich, Ikone der amerikanischen Linken. Dabei geht es nicht um die Frage, ob wir mehr Markt oder mehr Staat brauchen, sondern wer welche Spielregeln setzt. Denn die Marktregeln, die sich eine Gesellschaft gibt, spiegeln, was sie für gut und fair hält. Amerika, das kurz vor der Präsidentschaftswahl steht, ist ein zweifelhaftes Vorbild.
The dizzying exuberance of the Internet-driven marketplace offers unprecedented opportunities and an ever-expanding choice of products and jobs. This is a boon to us as consumers, but it's wreaking havoc in the rest of our lives. Using examples from everyday life, Reich delineates what success is coming to mean in our time and suggests how we might create a more balanced society and more satisfying lives.
"What you knew, but hadn’t articulated"