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William Greider

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William Greider

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.

Articles

News and Features

His withdrawal from consideration as Fed chair could mark a watershed for the left wing of the Democratic Party.

His appointment as next chair of the Federal Reserve would be a clear sign that narrow financial interests are still in charge of the Democratic Party.

The reform-minded senator talks tough, and she knows where the bodies are buried.

Everyone's favorite Nobel-winning Keynesian is no longer gravely deluded on the global economy. How much can we trust him now? 

Surveys demonstrate remarkably progressive attitudes on everything from taxation to regulation to the environment.

The Democratic senator is introducing legislation to break them up, but he’s in an uphill battle—against not only the GOP but his own party.

In 2012, white supremacy not only lost the election. It was a crucial factor in explaining how Obama won.

Chairman Ben Bernanke, who’s been sounding the alarm, is attacked constantly by the right. He and his allies need support from a mostly silent left.

Progressives falsely assume this mysterious institution is impervious to public pressure. We need to make our voices heard.

Progressive leaders are rolling out a bold plan to push Washington off the austerity path. But can they deliver?

Blogs

The new war is only a few weeks old, but prominent cheerleaders are already expressing sober second thoughts.
The orthodox American policy is that if challenged, the US must go to war to prove itself, to show the world it is still Superman and...
Education reformers have left out the human dimensions of a harsh labor market where women, like my mother, were regularly punished...
A surprise announcement planned for after Labor Day could stop millions of deportations.
Washington’s armchair generals are salivating at the world’s current turmoil, seeing a chance to rehabilitate themselves.
As deceptive right-wing attacks on Social Security continue, some Democrats have gone on the offensive—seeking to expand rather than...
Does the Democratic party’s soul lie with Hilliary Clinton, moderation and Wall Street—or somewhere else?
In case after case, the Court is expanding the power of corporations and the very wealthy while making it harder for ordinary citizens to...