Community Spotlight: How To Fix the Rigged Systems of American Politics and Power Robert Reich in conversation with Matthew d’Ancona Millions of Americans have lost confidence in their political and economic system. After years of stagnant wages, volatile job markets, and an unwillingness by those in power to deal with profound threats such as climate change, there is a mounting sense that the system is fixed, serving only those select few with enough money to secure a controlling stake.

Robert Reich understands American power from the inside. He worked at the highest echelons of the American government, serving under Ford, Carter, and Clinton, and advised Barrack Obama. Time Magazine named him one of the 10 most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century. Now the best-selling author of Saving Capitalism and The Common Good joins How To Academy with a gripping and urgent analysis of how the rigged systems of American politics and power operate, how this status quo came to be, and how average citizens can enact change.

In a free live-streamed conversation with Matthew d’Ancona, Robert Reich will show how wealth and power have interacted to install an elite oligarchy, eviscerate the middle class, and undermine democracy. He’ll expose how those at the top – be they Republicans or Democrats – propagate myths about meritocracy, national competitiveness, corporate social responsibility, and the ‘free market’ to distract most Americans from their own accumulation of extraordinary wealth, and their power over the system. Instead of answering the call to civic duty, they have chosen to uphold self-serving policies that line their own pockets and benefit their bottom line.

His objective is not to foster cynicism, but rather to demystify the system so that voters might install fundamental change and demand that democracy works for the majority once again.

Robert Reich
Robert Reich is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center. He served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration. He has written 17 other books, including the best sellers “Aftershock,
” The Work of Nations,” “Beyond Outrage,” and “The Common Good.” He is a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine, founder of Inequality Media, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and co-creator of the award-winning documentaries “Inequality For All,” and “Saving Capitalism,” both now streaming on Netflix.

Matthew d’Ancona
Matthew d’Ancona is an editor at Tortoise Media and an award-winning columnist. He writes for the Guardian, London Evening Standard, and GQ. He was previously editor of the Spectator and founding editor-in-chief of Drugstore Culture. His most recent book, Post-Truth: The New War on Truth and How to Fight Back, received global acclaim.

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