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Robert Reich: America’s Real Divide Isn’t Between Red And Blue — But Oligarchy And Democracy

The former labor secretary discusses his latest book, The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It, ahead of livestream event with Houston’s Progressive Forum.


Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich.


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With Election Day just weeks away, it's easier than ever to be preoccupied with the conflict between the right and the left, Republicans and Democrats, red states and blue states.

But former Labor Secretary Robert Reich says the basic conflict in this country is something bigger altogether.

In the audio above, Reich tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty the real struggle affecting the greatest number of Americans is one between oligarchy and democracy.

That’s the topic of his latest book, The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It, which he discusses with a Houston audience in a livestream event Oct. 1 organized by The Progressive Forum.

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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