Former Labor Secretary under President Bill Clinton and now professor at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy, Robert Reich has been documenting the growing economic disparity between the super-wealthy and the rest of us since long before the words "Occupy" and "movement" became linked. In books, on television and the radio, and at public lectures, Reich makes a convincing case that the concentration of wealth in the hands of the few poses a real threat to our democracy. Reich — whose name, ironically, means "rich" in German — decries the influence of corporate money in politics, noting that he'll concur with the Supreme Court's ruling in the Citizens United case that corporations are people "when Texas executes a corporation." He may be small — he stands less than five feet tall — but with his experience at the highest levels of government, his media savvy, his eloquence, and his passion, Reich's stature as a voice for social change has no equal in the East Bay.
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