Robert B. Reich
An enduring favorite of Seattle readers - and elsewhere - Robert B. Reich, who has served in three presidential administrations, and is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, is here with a timely new book. The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It (Knopf) is an informed analysis of how power works, political and economic power, in this country.
“In this book Robert Reich exposes the con job of America’s present manic hyper-capitalism. He exposes a ‘system’ that is defined less by free markets than by elite capture. He shatters the myths about rising tides and boats and slices of pie and whatever else those hackneyed people say, propelled by the insight that while money may not be a zero-sum situation, power is. And when America’s plutocrats use money to capture power to make sure that they monopolize future money, rage swells, human potential withers on the vine, and the soul of the country changes.”—Anand Giridharadas.
“Robert Reich is one of the most important voices in America, fighting for an economy that works for all people and not just those at the top. Understanding what is happening in our country is critical if we want to fix it and Robert Reich is an exceptional teacher.”—Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“Both a diagnosis and a call to arms, The System shows how our economy and our democracy are rigged to work for the wealthy and well-connected. Change is possible – if we are willing to fight for it.”—Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
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