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His family is Jewish. This condition made him a target for bullies and he sought out the protection of older boys; one of them was Michael Schwernerwho was later a victim in the murders of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner by the Ku Klux Klan in for the registration of African-American voters.
Reich cites this event as an inspiration to "fight the bullies, to protect the powerless, to make sure that the people without a voice have a voice.
Although he was drafted to serve in the Vietnam Warhe did not pass the physical as he was under the required minimum height of five feet. CoffinChief Judge of the U.
Solicitor GeneralRobert Bork.
From untilReich taught at the John F. In The Next American Frontier he blamed the nation's lagging economic growth on "paper entrepreneurialism"—financial and legal gamesmanship that drained the economy of resources needed for better products and services.
In The Work of Nations, he argues that a nation's competitiveness depends on the education and skills of its people and the infrastructure that connects them, rather than on the profitability of companies headquartered within it.
Private capital, he says, is increasingly global and footloose—while a nation's people—its human capital—constitutes the one resource on which a nation's future standard of living uniquely depends. He urges policy makers to make such public investments the cornerstone of economic policy.
Reich in the East Room during the swearing-in ceremony for Clinton's cabinet Secretary of Labor[ edit ] Bill Clinton incorporated Reich's thinking into his campaign platform, "Putting People First," and after being elected invited Reich to head his economic transition team.
Reich later joined the administration as Secretary of Labor. During his tenure, he implemented the Family and Medical Leave Act FMLAsuccessfully lobbied to increase the minimum wage, lobbied to pass the School-to-Work Jobs Act, and to integrate all job-training and job-displacement programs so workers who lost their jobs could get access to all the help they needed to get new ones that paid at least as much as the old.
He popularized the term "corporate welfare"—arguing that the nation could get the money it needed to retrain people and move them from welfare to work by cutting "aid for dependent corporations. He published his experiences working for the Clinton administration in Locked in the Cabinet.
After publication of the book, Reich received criticism for embellishing events with invented dialogue. The paperback release of the memoir revised or omitted the inventions.
Inhe was elected the Professor of the Year by the undergraduate student body. He also published an associated campaign book, I'll Be Short. Reich was the first Democratic candidate for a major political office to support same-sex marriage. He also pledged support for abortion rights and strongly condemned capital punishment.
His campaign staff was largely made up of his Brandeis students. Why Liberals Will Win the Battle for Americaa book on how liberals can forcefully argue for their position in a country increasingly dominated by what he called "radcons," or radical conservatives.
In addition to his professorial role, he has been a weekly contributor to the American Public Media public radio program Marketplaceand a regular columnist for the American Prospectwhich he co-founded in Reich speaking at University of Texas in In earlythere was speculation that Reich would once again seek the Democratic nomination for Governor of Massachusetts.
He instead endorsed the then-little-known candidacy of Deval Patrickwho had previously served as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the Clinton Administration.
Since then, he has taught a popular undergraduate course called Wealth and Poverty, in addition to his graduate courses. In it he argued turbo-charged corporate competition, fueled by consumers and investors seeking the best possible deals from anywhere in the world, was generating severe social problems.
But governments were failing to address them because big corporations and Wall Street firms were also seeking competitive advantage over one another through politics, thereby drowning out the voices of ordinary citizens.
The answer was to keep corporations focused on making better products and services and keep them out of politics.
Reich being interviewed by the press during the Democratic National Convention During the primaries, Reich published an article that was critical of the Clintons, referring to Bill Clinton's attacks on Barack Obama as "ill-tempered and ill-founded," and accusing the Clintons of waging "a smear campaign against Obama that employs some of the worst aspects of the old politics.
The Next Economy and America's Future was published. In it, Reich explained how America's widening inequality had contributed to the great recession and made it difficult for the economy to recover, by undermining the purchasing power of the middle class relative to the nation's productive capacity.
In Aprilhis book Beyond Outrage was published as an e-book. It focused on why an increasing portion of the public felt the game was rigged in favor of those with wealth and power, why the "regressive right" was nonetheless able to persuade many that taxes should be lowered even further on corporations and the wealthy while many public services should be cut, and what average people could do to take back the economy and reclaim democracy.
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