Robert Reich

Author & Former U.S. Secretary of Labor
Robert Reich Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Crosscut Festival 2021

Session: Bidenomics vs. Reaganomics

6 p.m. Tuesday, May 4

If it wasn’t already obvious with the great recession, the pandemic exposed the fragility of the U.S. economic system — and perhaps was the final nail in the coffin for President Ronald Reagan’s trickle-down economics. Now, President Joe Biden appears to be leaning into a Keynesian spending spree to dig us out of the COVID-19 hole and attempt to rebalance the playing field. Will it work? Moderated by Paul Constant.


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About Robert B. Reich

Robert B. Reich is chancellor's professor of public policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations and has written fifteen books, including The Work of Nations, which has been translated into twenty-two languages, and the bestsellers The Common Good, Saving Capitalism, Supercapitalism, and Locked in the Cabinet. His articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, and he writes a weekly column for The Guardian and Newsweek. He is co-creator of the award-winning film Inequality for All and the Netflix original Saving Capitalism


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About Crosscut Festival 2021


Join journalists, politicians, authors, creators and newsmakers from our community and around the nation May 3-8, 2021 as we come together to take a hard look at the people, policy and events that shape our lives.


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