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Interview with Professor Robert Reich

Interview with Professor Robert Reich

Professor Robert Reich speaks at UBC on the dangers that Trump represents, the power of citizen activists, and the role that media can play.

The real threat in the U.S. election. (It’s not Donald Trump.)

The real threat in the U.S. election. (It’s not Donald Trump.)

Author Jane Mayer explores the Koch brothers, the U.S. political right and the future of politics in America in this Maclean’s article, ahead of her talk at UBC on Sept. 23 as part of the Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies fall series on the U.S. Election. Find the Maclean’s article here. Jane examines how a clutch of wealthy conservatives have unparalleled influence among top Republican politicians—and their ideas have been seeded by think tanks and academics those same businessmen have funded. As Jane shares “It’s hard to look at Trump as a hopeful sign because, in his own way, he is offering false solutions to many problems. The possibility exists that the Kochs will walk away with even more power if Trump’s defeated.” Jane Mayer is a staff writer at the New Yorker and author of the best-selling book Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right. We welcome you to share your comments on Jane Mayer’s article below.

OpenCanada – The Politics of Inequality Series

OpenCanada – The Politics of Inequality Series

The Politics of Inequality Series The inaugural 2015 Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies, hosted by the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia, examined the impacts of inequality in in its myriad forms: income, wealth, gender, race, marriage, globalization, and the environment. The Lind Initiative included a speaker series, featuring economists Joseph Stiglitz and Jeffrey Sachs, journalist Jill Abramson, author Teju Cole, and Green Party leader Elizabeth May, as well as an upper-level university seminar led by Dr. Stiglitz. In partnership with the Lind Initiative and to align with its 2015 theme, OpenCanada.org focused its attention to matters of inequality with articles, essays, analyses and interviews with key experts, writers and scholars who explore the issue in depth. Through contributions from economist Dambisa Moyo, Aboriginal journalist Angela Sterritt, Harvard visiting professor Miles Corak, and Nick Malkoutzis of Athens’ Kathimerini English, among others, readers gained a better understanding of a crisis at the forefront of today’s politics in Canada and around the world. The Politics of Inequality series ran as a partnership between OpenCanada and the Lind Initiative at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia in 2015.