I'll Be Short by Robert B. Reich
Essentials for a Decent Working Society

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"I don't like the basic philosophy that everyone is on their own, out for themselves, a kind of social Darwinism. It's bad for society, especially now. . . . Call me crotchety, but I can't help asking, whatever happened to the social contract?"

With his characteristic humor, humanity, and candor, one of the nation's most distinguished advocates for working—and middle—class families delivers a fresh vision of politics by returning to basic American values: anyone who wants a job should have one; those who work should be able to lift themselves and their families out of poverty; and everyone should have access to an education that will better their chances in life.

An insider who knows how the economy and government really work, Reich combines realistic solutions with democratic ideals: businesses do have civic responsibilities; government must stem a widening income gap that threatens to turn our nation into a two-tiered society. Arguing that Democrats and Republicans have strayed dangerously off track, Reich breaks the impasse of current politics and shows us the way to fulfill our nation's promise.

About Robert B. Reich

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Robert B. Reich is a writer, educator, politician, and advisor. He was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on June 24, 1946. He earned a B.A. at Dartmouth College in 1968 and received a Rhodes scholarship to attend Oxford University, where he earned his M.A. in 1970. In 1973, he received his J.D. from Yale University. Reich was an assistant to the Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice from 1974 to 1976. He directed the policy planning staff of the Federal Trade Commission from 1976 to 1981 and taught on the faculty of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government from 1981 to 1992. He served as the 22nd Secretary of Labor from 1993 to 1997 under President Bill Clinton. He became the University Professor and the Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy at Brandies University in 1997. He is currently the Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Regan has had articles published in every major newspaper in the United States, as well as many magazines. He has written numerous books including Locked in the Cabinet, Reason: Why Liberals Will Win the Battle for America, Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life, and Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future. In 2003, he was awarded the Vaclev Havel Foundation Prize for his pioneering work in economic and social thought.
Published May 2, 2002 by Beacon Press. 121 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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In Reich's view, corporations should fulfill their civic duty by emphasizing community involvement and by providing workers with day care, medical benefits and expansive educational opportunities.

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