Tag Archives: Robert Reich

Bold Cowardice

Ebola is a terrible disease, and a godsend to the cable news networks. They finally get more than the usual political junkies and disaster whores to watch what they’ve got for more than half a minute. Now they’ve got people … Continue reading

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Moral Backfilling

The political world stops a few days before Christmas. The House called it a year, having blocked as much legislation as possible and having passed next to nothing at all, and went home. The Senate, which had actually passed both … Continue reading

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Always Great Expectations

There’s that amusing scene in Dickens’ Great Expectations – Pip and Herbert, now young men all on their own in London, find themselves falling deeper and deeper in debt, from buying, on credit, all manner of those things that befit … Continue reading

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Absurdist Politics

The next time you’re in Paris and have a few hours to kill you could visit the small Salvador Dalí museum up in Montmartre – and that will certainly kill those few hours. It’s dark, the ceilings are low, and … Continue reading

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The Words Used

Let’s talk academics. First, there’s Robert Reich, a professor of public policy at UC Berkeley, who was our secretary of labor during the Clinton administration. His latest book is Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future – and it is a … Continue reading

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No Dead Frogs

The story about the boiled frog is apocryphal – that means it isn’t true, it only sounds true. But you know how the story goes – the frog sits in the warm water, all comfortable, and the water temperature keeps … Continue reading

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Things to Worry About

No one names their kid Cassandra. Sure it’s a nice sounding name for a pretty little girl, but Cassandra was the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba, and her stunning beauty caused Apollo to grant her the gift of … Continue reading

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