I recently had the opportunity to interview Robert Reich, Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and former secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. Professor Reich has written eleven books, including The Work of Nations, which has been translated into 22 languages; the best-sellers The Future of Success and Locked in the Cabinet, and his most recent book, Supercapitalism. His articles have appeared in the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. Professor Reich is co-founding editor of The American Prospect magazine and his weekly commentaries on public radio’s “Marketplace” are heard by nearly five million people.
Our conversation focused on his book, Supercapitalism, in which he dissects how globalization and technology have simultaneously expanded Americans’ roles as investors and consumers while negatively impacting the ability of many Americans to earn a living wage. We talked about what we can do as individuals, as well as what we should require as citizens in a democracy, to ensure an adequate wage and standard of living for all Americans.
You can hear a podcast of our discussion here: