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William Greider

National Affairs Correspondent

William Greider, a prominent political journalist and author, has been a reporter for more than 35 years for newspapers, magazines and television. Over the past two decades, he has persistently challenged mainstream thinking on economics.

For 17 years Greider was the National Affairs Editor at Rolling Stone magazine, where his investigation of the defense establishment began. He is a former assistant managing editor at the Washington Post, where he worked for fifteen years as a national correspondent, editor and columnist. While at the Post, he broke the story of how David Stockman, Ronald Reagan’s budget director, grew disillusioned with supply-side economics and the budget deficits that policy caused, which still burden the American economy.

He is the author of the national bestsellers One World, Ready or Not, Secrets of the Temple and Who Will Tell The People. In the award-winning Secrets of the Temple, he offered a critique of the Federal Reserve system. Greider has also served as a correspondent for six Frontline documentaries on PBS, including “Return to Beirut,” which won an Emmy in 1985.

Greider’s most recent book is The Soul of Capitalism: Opening Paths to A Moral Economy. In it, he untangles the systemic mysteries of American capitalism, details its destructive collisions with society and demonstrates how people can achieve decisive influence to reform the system’s structure and operating values.

Raised in Wyoming, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati, he graduated from Princeton University in 1958. He currently lives in Washington, DC.


  • September 17, 2007

    The Lies of Alan Greenspan

    Alan Greenspan has come back from the tomb of history to correct the record. He did not make any mistakes in his eighteen-year tenure as Federal Reserve chairman. He did not endorse the regressive Bush tax cuts of 2001 that pumped up the federal deficits and aggravated inequalities. He did not cause the housing bubble that is now in collapse. He did not ignore the stock market bubble that subsequently melted away and cost investors $6 trillion. He did not say the Iraq War is "largely about oil."

    Check the record. These are all lies.

    Greenspan's testimony endorsing the Bush tax cuts was extremely influential but now he wants to run away from it.  

    William Greider

  • August 23, 2007

    Waiting for ‘The Big One’

    Nobody knows if the current financial crisis could become the type of economic unraveling that makes history.

    William Greider

  • August 3, 2007

    Now That’s a Patriot Act

    Now here is a Patriot Act everyone can get behind. It's called the Patriot Corporation of America Act and it rewards the companies that don't screw their employees and weaken the country by moving the jobs to China and elsewhere.

    In these troubled times, doesn't that sound like common sense? Government policy presently works in opposite ways. It literally assists and subsidizes the disloyal free riders who boost their profits by dumping their obligations to the home country. It's called globalization. Establishment wisdom says there is nothing politicians can do about it.

    But the bills introduced Thursday by three senators and seven representatives, all Democrats, can begin to reverse this political perversity. Don't expect a roll call anytime soon, but I think the governing principle is pivotally important.

    William Greider

  • July 11, 2007

    Pax Pelosi

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has demonstrated admirable shrewdness in the fight she provoked with her own Democrats over approving new trade agreements for George W. Bush. She backed off.

    The conflict is not entirely settled yet, but Pelosi wisely decided to defuse the intense anger in the Democratic caucus rather than try to bull through it. In pursuit of unity, she has shown respect for the new folks elected last fall and other rank-and-file Democrats determined to challenge the free-trade status quo and to change it. That is good for them. And good for her.

    The surest sign Pelosi is moving in the right direction are the hostile rebukes from the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. "Trade Double-Cross," said the headline on the Journal's editorial. "House Democrats go protectionist." This is nonsense, but typical of the Journal's slanderous style. Pelosi is demeaned as a pawn of organized labor and lefty extremists. Makes you wonder if the doctrinaire right-wing Journal could get any worse with Rupert Murdoch as the owner.

    William Greider


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  • Economic Policy April 19, 2007

    The Establishment Rethinks Globalization

    An unlikely dissident has proposed a new way to understand, and reform, the world economy.

    William Greider

  • April 3, 2007

    Stockman’s Folly

    After all these years, will Reagan's budget chief go to jail for cooking the books?

    William Greider

  • Elections March 8, 2007

    Senator Inevitable

    Nothing personal, but Hillary Clinton is a candidate of the past.

    William Greider

  • Ethical Economics January 21, 2007

    EPI’s Agenda for Change

    Americans are ready for big, bold ideas to heal our social and economic wounds.

    William Greider

  • Economic Policy January 11, 2007

    A Globalization Offensive

    In 2007 Congress may get real on the fallacies and contradictions of global trade.

    William Greider