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This has been the anti-democracy decade

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

We're coming to the end of what might be called the anti-democracy decade. It began Jan. 21, 2010, with the Supreme Court's shameful decision in Citizen's United v. Federal Election Commission, opening the floodgates to big money in ...Read more

Impeachment would make Trump the unpardonable president

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Not even overwhelming evidence that Donald Trump sought to bribe a foreign power to dig up dirt on his leading political opponent in 2020 -- and did so with American taxpayer dollars while compromising American foreign policy -- will cause Trump to be removed from office.

That's because there's zero chance that 20 Republican senators -- the ...Read more

Impeachment witnesses stand in stark contrast to Trump associates

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

As a candidate in 2015, Donald Trump said that he'd "surround myself only with the best and most serious people."

Not quite.

On Nov. 15, Trump's longtime friend and personal confidante, Roger Stone, was found guilty of lying to Congress, tampering with a witness and obstructing a congressional investigation into Russian ...Read more

Warren's plan to address inequality rattles the establishment

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

The New York Times reported last week on a study showing that Sen. Elizabeth Warren's proposed wealth tax (and presumably Sen. Bernie Sanders' even more ambitious version) would reduce economic growth by nearly 0.2 percentage points a year over the course of a decade.

With a story headlined "Warren Wealth Tax Could Slow the Economy, Early ...Read more

Billionaires fear loss of their anti-capitalist advantages

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Billionaires are wailing that Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders's wealth tax proposals are attacks on free-market capitalism. Warren "vilifies successful people," says Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase.

Rubbish. There are basically only five ways to accumulate a billion dollars, and none of them have ...Read more

Super-enablers Facebook, Twitter should be held accountable

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook says he'll run political ads even if they are false. Jack Dorsey of Twitter says he'll stop running political ads altogether.

Dorsey has the correct approach, but the debate skirts the bigger question: Who is responsible for protecting democracy from big, dangerous lies? ...Read more

Only two Democratic candidates could fix our broken system

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

In the conventional view of American politics, Joe Biden is a moderate, while Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are on the left, and Donald Trump is on the right.

This conventional view is rubbish. The most powerful force in American politics today is anti-establishment fury at a rigged system. There are no longer "moderates." There's no ...Read more

Trump's emoluments violations must be punished

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Donald Trump reversed his decision to host next June's G-7 meeting of heads of state at Trump National Doral Miami because it would have been an impeachable offense and a violation of the Constitution's emoluments clauses.

No, that's not the reason he gave. He said on Twitter that he reversed himself because of "Media & Democrat Crazed and ...Read more

Trump's foreign policy serves only Trump

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

The most xenophobic and isolationist American president in modern history has been selling America to foreign powers for his personal benefit.

Trump says he withdrew American troops from the Syrian-Turkish border -- leaving our Kurdish allies to be slaughtered and opening the way for a resurgent ...Read more

Trump is the child caught with his hand in the cookie jar

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Donald Trump will almost certainly be impeached in the House, possibly as soon as Thanksgiving. The odds are rising that he'll be convicted in the Senate.

There are two important questions, and the answers to both are becoming more obvious to more Americans every day.

The first is whether asking a foreign power to dig up dirt on...Read more

Integrity of the 2020 election must be protected

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Amid the impeachment furor, don't lose sight of the renewed importance of protecting the integrity of the 2020 election.

The difference between Richard Nixon's abuse of power (trying to get dirt on political opponents to help with his 1972 re-election and then covering it up) and Donald Trump's abuse of power (trying to get Ukraine's president ...Read more

GM is the story of the American worker

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Nearly 50,000 General Motors workers are on strike to get what they see as their fair share of its profits and stop further layoffs. What's happened to GM's workers is a microcosm of what's happened to the American worker.

In 2009, when GM was on the brink of collapse, United Auto Workers agreed to let ...Read more


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