110+ Robert Reich Quotes On Capitalism, Education And Government

Top 10 Robert Reich Quotes (BEST)

  1. A leader is someone who steps back from the entire system and tries to build a more collaborative, more innovative system that will work over the long term.
  2. There will always be a business cycle, and white-collar workers will get hit in the next recession like they always do in recessions.
  3. America has become the most unequal society among advanced countries, and rich people are now free to spend as much money on political campaigns as they wish.
  4. The liberal ideal is that everyone should have fair access and fair opportunity. This is not equality fo result. Its equality of opportunity. There's a fundamental difference.
  5. We're the richest economy in the history of the world. For the majority of Americans not to get the benefits of this extraordinarily prosperous economy, there's something fundamentally wrong.
  6. Social change occurs when the gap between the ideals that people hold and the reality that they see every day gets too large.
  7. We do not want to live in a theocracy. We should maintain that barrier and government has no business telling someone what they ought to believe or how they should conduct their private lives.
  8. The largest party in America, by the way, is neither the Democrats nor the Republicans. It's the party of non-voters.
  9. The faith that anyone could move from rags to riches - with enough guts and gumption, hard work and nose to the grindstone - was once at the core of the American Dream.
  10. Cynicism is the largest obstacle to social change. Cynicism is dangerous because people throw up their hands and say, "Well it's not possible. Why should I even try?"

Robert Reich Short Quotes

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  • Standing up to bullies is the hallmark of a civilized society.
  • Globalization and free trade do spur economic growth, and they lead to lower prices on many goods.
  • Terrorism itself is not the greatest danger we face.
  • Radical conservatives want to police bedrooms.
  • There is a deep desire to change the power structure.
  • You can't inspire people if you are going to be uninspiring.
  • In the '90s it was irrational exuberance. Now it may be irrational doom and gloom.
  • You can't create a political movement out of pabulum.
  • If you give up on democracy, you might as well give up on everything.
  • I want a shot for people like me to grow up and do something with themselves.

Robert Reich Quotes On Capitalism

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Socialism for rich bankers and capitalism for everyone else. — Robert Reich

You ask, "Could we have an honest discussion about earnings insurance?" I think we could, if people understood that the alternative was to build up a backlash against global capital, against free trade, against technological change. — Robert Reich

We are paying teachers who are in charge of our human capital, arguably more important than our financial capital, a very tiny fraction of what Wall Streeters are paid. — Robert Reich

We reform the system. We save capitalism from its own excesses. — Robert Reich

America's real business leaders understand unless or until the middle class regains its footing and its faith, capitalism remains vulnerable. — Robert Reich

Robert Reich Quotes On Education

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Education is not the only answer and it's certainly not the immediate solution. At best, it's a necessary, but not sufficient response to widening inequality. — Robert Reich

We are creating a one size fits all system that needlessly brands many young people as failures, when they might thrive if offered a different education whose progress was measured differently. Paradoxically we're embracing standardized tests just when the economy is eliminating standardized jobs. — Robert Reich

The only way America can reduce the long-term budget deficit, maintain vital services, protect Social Security and Medicare, invest more in education and infrastructure, and not raise taxes on the working middle class is by raising taxes on the super rich. — Robert Reich

Robert Reich Quotes On Government

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A smaller government reflecting the needs of the middle class and poor is superior to a big government reflecting the needs of the privileged and powerful. — Robert Reich

When corporations get special handouts from the government, subsidies and tax breaks, it costs you. It means you have to pay more in taxes to make up for these hidden expenses, and government has less money for good schools and roads, Medicare and national defense and everything else you need. — Robert Reich

It's not government's business what people do in their private bedrooms. — Robert Reich

Robert Reich Quotes On Socialism

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We used to be so proud that our country offered far more economic opportunities than the feudal system in Great Britain, with its royal family, princesses and dukes. But social mobility in the UK is higher than in the US. Our social rift is as big as it was in the 1920s. — Robert Reich

Being critical of the nation is a far cry from being unpatriotic or anti-American. In fact, most social criticism . . . is based on a love of America's ideals and a concern we're not living up to them. — Robert Reich

A lot of attention has been going to social values - abortion, gay rights, other divisive issues - but economic values are equally important. — Robert Reich

I think that it's difficult to talk about large questions of economics or social policy without understanding the building blocks of society. And those building blocks are organizations, the people who run them, and the people who work in them. — Robert Reich

As to the meaning of "corporate social responsibility," Friedman and I would agree: If a certain action improves the corporation's bottom line, there's no point in labeling it "socially responsible." It's just good business. — Robert Reich

We need to expand Social Security to prevent the looming retirement crisis, and we can do it simply by asking billionaires to pay their fair share. — Robert Reich

We are now enjoying the liberation that comes with not having to be organization men and women, and that's fabulous. But there are new social consequences here of which we need to be aware, and the sale of the self and what that entails for the rest of our lives is quite sobering. — Robert Reich

Robert Reich Quotes On Love

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We are born, we grow up, we live our lives as best we can. If we are thoughtful we are good parents and good partners. If we are wise we strive for integrity and intimacy. If we are fortunate we discover love and joy. If we are able, we make the world a little better than we found it. — Robert Reich

Bill Clinton was a great politician. Bill Clinton loved a fight. He was willing to fight. But he also wanted to be loved. He wanted to be admired. — Robert Reich

To be a skilled politician, you have to be genuine. To really make it work, you have to love people. You have to love the contact, you have to love the energy, you've gotta love inspiring people and getting their adulation in return. You can't separate what's genuine from what is necessary. — Robert Reich

Robert Reich Quotes On Economy

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No economy can continue to function when the vast middle class and everybody else don't have enough purchasing power to buy what the economy is capable of producing without going deeper and deeper into debt. — Robert Reich

One logical consequence of this New Economy composed of big brands and entrepreneurial groups is that the unit of production is no longer a particular, identical product. The unit of production is the creative individual. — Robert Reich

The core principle is that we want an economy that works for everyone, not just for a small elite. We want equal opportunity, not equality of outcome. We want to make sure that there's upward mobility again, in our society and in our economy. — Robert Reich

It's very hard to establish an economy of trustworthiness. The key is continuing to innovate and to keep your customers through innovation, because the customers can leave. But once you are a dominant player that continues to innovate and provide a good deal, customers will stay with you. — Robert Reich

You and I and almost all Americans are beneficiaries of the new economy. But we are also losing parts of our lives to the new economy - aspects of our family lives, our friendships, our communities, ourselves. — Robert Reich

If consumers don't have the wherewithal to spend because all the money's going to the top, and the people at the top only spend a very small fraction of what they earn, then the economy is almost inevitably destined to slow. — Robert Reich

The rich would do better with a smaller share of a rapidly growing economy then they're doing now with a large share of an economy that is barely growing at all. — Robert Reich

The only way to grow the economy in a way that benefits the bottom 90 percent is to change the structure of the economy. At the least, this requires stronger unions and a higher minimum wage. — Robert Reich

The problem right now is jobs. The problem right now is the economy and economic growth. — Robert Reich

Robert Reich Quotes On Inequality

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Inequality is bad for everyone, not just the middle class and the poor. — Robert Reich

I'm 40 years old. What I have seen my whole life is widening income inequality. — Robert Reich

The key to understanding the rise in inequality isn't technology or globalization. It's the power of the moneyed interests to shape the underlying rules of the market. — Robert Reich

Regardless of how you interpret the facts, you have to come to the conclusion that inequality is widening in the US and in almost every other country. — Robert Reich

Robert Reich Quotes On Work

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Your most precious possession is not your financial assets. Your most precious possession is the people you have working there, and what they carry around in their heads, and their ability to work together. — Robert Reich

Cynicism is the last refuge of those who don't want to do the work of creating a better society. — Robert Reich

The core corporation is ... increasingly a façade, behind which teems an array of decentralized groups and subgroups continuously contracting with similarly diffuse working units all over the world. — Robert Reich

Robert Reich Famous Quotes And Sayings

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Corporations don't create jobs, customers do. So when all the economic gains go to the top, as they're doing now, the vast majority of Americans don't have enough purchasing power to buy the things corporations want to sell - which means businesses stop creating enough jobs. — Robert Reich

I think the big problem is you have a vicious cycle of wealth and power in America that`s just gotten completely out of control and you`ve seen it in politics. — Robert Reich

A funny thing happened to the First Amendment on its way to the public forum. According to the Supreme Court, money is now speech and corporations are now people. But when real people without money assemble to express their dissatisfaction with the political consequences of this, they’re treated as public nuisances and evicted. — Robert Reich

Median wages of production workers, who comprise 80 percent of the workforce, haven't risen in 30 years, adjusted for inflation. — Robert Reich

We already have an annual wealth tax on homes, the major asset of the middle class. It's called the property tax. Why not a small annual tax on the value of stocks and bonds, the major assets of the wealthy? — Robert Reich

The dirty little secret is that both houses of Congress are irrelevant. ... America's domestic policy is now being run by Alan Greenspan and the Federal Reserve, and America's foreign policy is now being run by the International Monetary Fund [IMF]. ...when the president decides to go to war, he no longer needs a declaration of war from Congress. — Robert Reich

True patriotism isn't cheap. It's about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going. — Robert Reich

Most Americans are on a downward escalator. Median wage in the United States, adjusted for inflation, keeps on dropping. — Robert Reich

What we really need to understand here is that it`s all about power. This is where the surge is coming from for Bernie Sanders. In some ways, it`s a very different - it`s a different surge, but it`s coming out of the same sort of sense of fundamental powerlessness and anger and frustration for Donald Trump. — Robert Reich

I mean, you hear the word 'globalization' over and over and over again. Globalization, globalization, globalization. Rarely has a word gone so directly from obscurity to meaninglessness without any intervening period of coherence. — Robert Reich

Liberals are concerned about the concentration of wealth because it almost inevitably leads to a concentration of power that undermines democracy. — Robert Reich

The managers of the big brands have a very clear responsibility. It's attracting and keeping talented people in order to sustain and build the trustworthiness of that brand. There is no clearer objective in the economy. Your economic success depends on expanding and building your economies of trustworthiness. — Robert Reich

There is a crisis of public morality. Instead of policing bedrooms, we ought to be doing a better job policing boardrooms. — Robert Reich

I wish it were simply a nightmare, but I think that any reasonable person watching American politics would come to the conclusion that a second Bush administration would in fact incorporate a more radicalized version of what we've seen in the first administration. — Robert Reich

The silent majority really is a liberal majority, even though the word liberal has taken a real beating over the last 20 years by radical conservatives. — Robert Reich

The Trans Pacific Partnership (and fast-track authority to whisk it through Congress without debate) is fast approaching. If you haven't seen our video about it, please watch. If you have, please share. And mobilize and organize friends and colleagues to call their senators and representatives to tell them to vote against this reprehensible deal. — Robert Reich

When I was a kid, the bigger boys would pick on me. So I got an idea that I would make alliances with older boys, like just one or two, who would be my protectors. — Robert Reich

The intellectual equipment needed for the job of the future is an ability to define problems, quickly assimilate relevant data, conceptualize and reorganize the information, make deductive and inductive leaps with it, ask hard questions about it, discuss findings with colleagues, work collaboratively to find solutions and then convince others. — Robert Reich

Our moral authority is as important, if not more important, than our troop strength or our high-tech weapons. We are rapidly losing that moral authority, not only in the Arab world but all over the world. — Robert Reich

Look, any cut in greenhouse gases is going to be expensive for American consumers, who are in no mood to bear additional costs. — Robert Reich

Cutting taxes is not bad. But if you cut taxes on the wealthy, which is what they wanted to do, you're not helping people who need better schools and better infrastructure and healthcare. You're basically robbing the middle class and the poor to provide tax cuts to the rich. — Robert Reich

Planned Parenthood and Human Rights Campaign they`re not really the establishment. I can`t obviously speak for Senator Bernie Sanders or about Planned Parenthood. But what we do see, and we`ve seen for years in America, is that the establishment, that is, the big banks and the executives and the wealthy do support a lot of non-profits and make the non-profits basically walk to the tune of the establishment. — Robert Reich

I knew Hillary Clinton from undergraduate days and was enormously impressed with her. She was a terrific energy and enthusiasm, and a great organizer. And I knew that she was going to have a political future. — Robert Reich

Now, inventiveness and empathy, those qualities, if they're together in the same person, you've got an entrepreneurial genius. But they do tend to be slightly separate. — Robert Reich

If you want to be a change agent, you have to ready to fail. — Robert Reich

I grew up poor. My mother raised a family of four on between $9,000 and $15,000 a year. — Robert Reich

There are party leaders, big corporation, Wall Street. There are very wealthy individuals who kind of represent where the Democratic Party, the official Democratic Party was and to some extent still is. — Robert Reich

What characteristics are most important in creative workers? One quality you need is inventiveness. You need to be able to take whatever product or service you are providing and figure out ways of making it better, faster, cheaper. The other quality is empathy and insight into what people might want, even though they don't even know their wants, probably because there's no product or service to test their wants. — Robert Reich

The presidency is probably the loneliest office in America. Regardless of your friends, regardless of how good your marriage is, regardless of anything, you are alone there at the top. — Robert Reich

One of the most difficult things is to get truthful people. Nobody can manage well if they don't have a lot of mirrors around them that are honest, that tell them what they're doing is wrong or wrongheaded or misconceived. And in every large bureaucracy on earth, most people are afraid to tell the boss the truth. — Robert Reich

I am not an economic determinist. If I were, I would throw up my hands; I just would not bother. I think it's wrong to be an economic determinist. I think it's wrong to simply say, "Well, inevitably, if you're poor, you're going to get a lousy education; if you're lower-middle class, the cards are going to be stacked against you, and you'll probably never get anywhere". — Robert Reich

Well-trained and dedicated employees are the only sustainable source of competitive strength. — Robert Reich

The poverty line understates the true amount of poverty because it measures it as three times the breadbasket that a family needs, but it doesn't consider all the other things that are inflating far, far faster than food prices. — Robert Reich

It is impossible to fight bullies merely by saying they're going too far. — Robert Reich

In the life of a nation, few ideas are more dangerous than good solutions to the wrong problems. — Robert Reich

On the Republican playing field, Republicans always win. — Robert Reich

It's almost as if we have two lobes in our brain. There's the consumer and investor mode, and we're doing better and better at that lobe. But at the producer and seller mode, we have to work harder and harder. And the better we do as consumers and investors - the easier it is for us to choose something better, to exit every commercial relationship - the harder we have to work as sellers and producers. One follows from the other. — Robert Reich

Most Americans stopped looking at what was happening through a variety of coping mechanisms - starting with women entering paid work and then everyone working longer hours and using their homes for raising equity and generating more money through debt. The typical household basically staved off the day of reckoning. — Robert Reich

Today, for good or ill, people are thinking about many social problems from the standpoint of their own kitchen tables. I think the way to begin a conversation with people about what's going on is to address their daily experiences, and what their fears and frustrations, as well as their exhilarations, are. — Robert Reich

We can't have extraordinary dynamism, innovation, and change in the economy and expect to have predictability and stability in our personal lives. It's not as if there are these big, giant institutions existing between us and the economy. In fact, these institutions have become tissue-thin. There is no mediation anymore. We are the economy; the economy is us. — Robert Reich

In journalism, there are only two stories - "Oh, the wonder of it," and "Oh, the shame of it." — Robert Reich

One thing I've learned from 35 years in the classroom is that people learn best when they are laughing, when they are emotionally hit, that it's both the brain and the heart. — Robert Reich

The path to success used to be up and through an organization. Now the path to success is increasingly through self-promotion. — Robert Reich

In Washington, it's dog eat dog. In academia, it's exactly the opposite. — Robert Reich

The United States is a safe harbor. — Robert Reich

The Democratic Party is DEAD. — Robert Reich

In the early 1970s, Milton Friedman argued that corporations should not be socially responsible because they had no mandate to be; they existed to make money, not to be charitable institutions. But in the economy of the 21st century, corporations cannot be socially responsible, if social responsibility is understood to mean sacrificing profits for the sake of some perceived social good. That's because competition has become so much more intense. — Robert Reich

I started in the law; and the study of law, when it precedes the study of economics, gives you a set of foundation principles about how human beings interact. Economics is very useful, and I studied economics in graduate school. But without understanding the social and organizational context of economics, it becomes a theory without any groundwork. — Robert Reich

You have to keep a sense of humor about yourself, more than anything else. You've got to take the issues very seriously, but you can't take yourself too seriously. And Washington is a city in which everybody takes themselves extraordinarily seriously. — Robert Reich

If you ever want to get a sense of your own personal failure, look at yourself trying to get across a point that nobody is listening to and the situation gets worse and worse. — Robert Reich

If leadership is about anything, it's about leading. Not leading people back to where they already are, because they don't need that. They're already there. — Robert Reich

Disney is no longer just Mickey Mouse; Disney is family entertainment. And we're seeing more and more brands change into something that is far greater and broader than individual products and services. — Robert Reich

I think the Obama Administration has done a lousy job marketing and selling and explaining this entire thing. And, as a result, all of these right-wing front organizations financed by the Koch brothers, are blanketing the airwaves with lies about Obamacare. And people are scared. — Robert Reich

I think that in politics, when people want to discredit a particular position, they say, "Oh, they are liberals," or "They are conservatives; we are centrists." Everybody wants to be a centrist. — Robert Reich

And now we're suffering the logical culmination of all this: the largest group of government-hati ng, racist, homophobic, misogynistic know-nothing, climate-change denying, evolution-denyi ng, science-denying , anti-immigrant House Republicans in history, bent on taking America back to the 19th century. — Robert Reich

Corporations are not people, despite what the Supreme Court says, and they don't need or deserve handouts. — Robert Reich

I have found over the years that the most important way of getting people to relax is self-deprecating humor. — Robert Reich

One of the things I tell my students is that if you want to understand what's been going on and also what needs to be done, you've got to get out of the blame game. Some people on the left want to blame the rich and corporations. Some people on the right want to blame the poor and government. Either of those frames of reference gets you nowhere and they aren't even truthful. You've got to understand the dynamic itself. — Robert Reich

If you give up on politics, you're giving up on democracy. And if you give up on democracy, you're basically saying to the moneyed interests, the powerful people and institutions of society, take it all. That's a self-fulfilling prophecy. Then we give up. Then we are 100 percent plutocracy. — Robert Reich

In a world where routine production is footloose...competitive advantage lies not in one-time breakthroughs but in continual improvements. Stable technologies get away. — Robert Reich

If you're going to be a great guide to what's great for consumers, and, indirectly, for investors, you've got to be very careful about who you contract with and what you're offering. — Robert Reich

Humor itself is a great disinfectant. It enables people to listen. — Robert Reich

Life Lessons by Robert Reich

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  1. Robert Reich's work emphasizes the importance of economic fairness and the need for a strong middle class in order to maintain a healthy economy.
  2. He also emphasizes the need for government intervention to ensure that the wealthy do not take advantage of the poor and the middle class.
  3. Finally, Reich's work highlights the need for a strong social safety net to protect those who are vulnerable and unable to provide for themselves.

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