The former Secretary of Labor on the Great Recession, class warfare, and why President Obama must challenge right-wing distortions with a counter-narrative.


Photograph by Michael Collopy

This week’s edition of “On the Fly” features Professor of Public Policy at UC-Berkeley and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich (as well as a frequent contributor to our magazine). His most recent book, Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future, addresses the recent recession and increasing income inequality in the United States and the long-term damage it’s causing our economy. Reich argues that “at the very least, the people who are at the very top will come to understand that they have a tremendous amount to lose from factious, negative, xenophobic politics, and they’d also do better with a smaller share of a rapidly growing economy than a large share of an economy that like today is still in the gravitational pull of the Great Recession.” Perhaps the recession will scare enough people to encourage necessary structural reforms.

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dowiebio60.jpgMark Dowie is an editor-at-large at Guernica, an investigative historian and the author of seven books, including Losing Ground: American Environmentalism at the Close of the Twentieth Century, American Foundations: An Investigative History, and, most recently, Conservation Refugees: The Hundred-Year Conflict between Global Conservation and Native Peoples. During his thirty-five years in journalism, Dowie has won nineteen journalism awards and been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

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