Commonwealth National Podcast

Robert Reich, Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley; Former U.S. Secretary of Labor; Author, Supercapitalism

Duration: 
1:06:25

What's at Stake in the Election: Trickle-Down Versus Bottom-Up Economics

Robert Reich, Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley; Former U.S. Secretary of Labor; Author, Supercapitalism

The state of the economy and the welfare of American jobs are pressing issues in the current election cycle. The former secretary of labor and author of multiple best sellers, Reich warns that democracy and capitalism are not fundamentally intertwined; there can be one without the other, he says. For this reason, he asserts that understanding the economic policies of the presidential hopefuls is of dire importance. Reich (who, it has been widely reported, is beginning to advise Barack Obama on economic matters) will discuss the repercussions of our economic options.

This program was recorded in front of a live audience on October 1, 2008