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Robert Reich: Fixing the Systems of American Politics and Power

August 12, 2020 @ 05:00 PM to August 12, 2020 @ - 06:00 PM
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About The Event

It is not a surprise that millions of Americans have lost confidence in their political and economic system. After years of stagnant wages, volatile job markets, and an unwillingness by those in power to deal with profound threats such as climate change, there is a mounting sense that the system is fixed, serving only those select few with enough money to secure a controlling stake.

Robert B. Reich will elaborate on how wealth and power have interacted to install an elite oligarchy, eviscerate the middle class, and undermine democracy.

Addressing himself Jamie Dimon, the powerful banker and chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, Reich exposes how those at the top, be they Democrats or Republicans, propagate myths about meritocracy, national competitiveness, corporate social responsibility, and the ‘free market’ to distract most Americans from their own accumulation of extraordinary wealth, and their power over the system. Instead of answering the call to civic duty, they have chosen to uphold self-serving policies that line their own pockets and benefit their bottom line.

Reich’s objective is not to foster cynicism, but rather to demystify the system so that American voters might change and demand that democracy works for the majority once again.

To learn more about his new book “The System” click here.

About The Speaker

Robert B. Reich, is an American economist, professor, author, and political commentator. He served in the administrations of presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton. He was Secretary of Labor from 1993 to 1997. He was a member of President Barack Obama’s economic transition advisory board.

He is now Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

He has served in three national administrations and has written fifteen books, including The Work of Nations, which has been translated into twenty-two languages, and the best sellers The Common GoodSaving CapitalismSupercapitalism, and Locked in the Cabinet. His articles have appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, and he writes a weekly column for the Guardian and Newsweek. He is co-creator of the award-winning film Inequality for All, and the Netflix original Saving Capitalism, and co-founder of Inequality Media.

 

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August 12, 2020 @ 05:00 PM to August 12, 2020 @ - 06:00 PM
 

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