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  • Universal basic income fueled by patents and predicted by Keynes?

    In 1928, economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that we would all be sitting easy by 2028. He predicted that technology and the economy would advance to take over work and that humans would reap the seeds of that automation with more free time. Keynes looks like he was right about the technology and the economy, but who is reaping the rewards?

September 3, 2015

Photos of the Day 09/03

Figure models called First Order's Stormtrooper from the film 'Star Wars' are displayed at Loft Variety Store in Shibuya shopping district in Tokyo, Thursday. New 'Star Wars' toys and other merchandise were released in stores across Japan just after midnight local time during a global rollout of the popular products.

More Robert Reich
  • Opinion: why Texas' request for federal aid is awkward

    Texas' governor Greg Abbott requested federal help amid the tornadoes and floods that have pounded the state. However, Robert Reich argues that Texas officials' previous actions against the federal government make the state's plea for help awkward.

  • How can the US strengthen unions?

    In the US, the decline of the middle class is nearly identical to the decline of American labor union membership. What does this mean for the future of unions and the US economy?

  • Opinion: 'Corporate welfare' must go

    Corporation are not people and do not need subsidies or tax breaks, writes Robert Reich. Powerful companies do not need 'corporate welfare' – rather, real individuals and families need more support from the government.

  • Opinion: Why Americans need to reinvent the entire education system

    Senator Bernie Sanders argues that American public colleges should be tuition-free. Higher education should be, writes Robert Reich, but the US needs to reexamine and reinvent the country's entire education system to prepare for tomorrow's economy.

  • Small businesses to Republicans: Don't cut corporate taxes

    Small businesses owners have long joined with big corporations to back certain Republican candidates. But now they're breaking rank and telling congressional Republicans not to make the deal at the very top of big businesses’ wish list – a cut in corporate tax rates.  

  • Why Nike won't solve stagnant wages in America (+video)

    President Obama chose Nike headquarters in Oregon to deliver a defense of his proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership last week, as the company announced measures to boost its US manufacturing operations.  But Nike isn’t the solution to the problem of stagnant wages in America. Nike is the problem. 

  • Trans Pacific Partnership is more trickle-down economics gone wrong

    If the Trans Pacific Partnership is enacted, big corporations, Wall Street, and their top executives and shareholders will make out like bandits. Who will the bandits be stealing from? The rest of us.

  • How corporate mergers make consumers and workers powerless

    Thanks to the consolidation of the airline, Internet, and other industries into a few large companies, American workers and consumers have fewer choices than we used to have. In almost every area of our lives, it’s now take it or leave it.

  • How 'flexible scheduling' is keeping workers in poverty

    Flexible scheduling is designed to make retail outlets, restaurants, hotels, and other customer-driven businesses more nimble and keep costs to a minimum, at the cost of regular hours and financial stability for workers. We need a federal law requiring employers to pay for scheduled work. 

  • Will Hillary Clinton fight hard enough for the middle class?

    Average working people need a president who will fight for them more than any time in living memory. Can Hillary Clinton be that president? 

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