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In his latest book, Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few, former Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich shows that the American economic system is unsustainable, offering explanations and solutions that bring into focus the close ties between economics and politics. The role of power and influence in economic policy has created a “new American oligarchy,” which has led to the greatest income inequality and wealth disparity in 80 years. As made clear in his book, there has been a shift in the so-called American free market that focuses on the interests of those with the money to shape the market to their benefit.
Reich stresses that the critical choices ahead are not about the size of government but about who government is for: We must choose not between a free market and big government but between a market organized for broadly based prosperity and one designed to deliver the most gains to the top.
Please join the Center for American Progress and the Economic Policy Institute for a discussion between Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, Robert B. Reich and CAP Executive Vice President for Policy Carmel Martin about Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few and its revelatory indictment of the economic status quo and empowering call to civic action.
Copies of Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few will be available for purchase at the event.