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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.


News and Features

It is impossible to believe the government of Pakistan did not know exactly where we could find Osama.

Now that Osama is dead, can America at last break free of the conceit of endless war? 

If Obama continues to refuse to intervene in the economy, Americans are in for a painful decade.

"Brave" politicians in both parties want to cut healthcare and Social Security to save the country from wrathful judgment by Standard & Poor’s. What a hoot.

In the foreclosure scandal, the crooks are still calling the shots.

Over the past decade, the Justice Department has gone soft on corporate crime.

The commission's report offers an indictment of the leading players in the economic catastrophe, but ignores the out-and-out swindling.

When the Democratic Party fails to use government’s extensive powers to reverse economic disorder, it must be the end of the line for the governing ideology inherited from Roosevelt, Truman and Johnson.

The payroll tax cut sounds attractive, but the consequences could prove deadly for the federal government's most popular program.

The Fed will purchase a massive number of Treasury bonds. That should prevent deflation—but it won't do enough for consumers.


As the chances of Larry Summers being named Obama’s next chairman of the Federal Reserve increase, the media needs to question his...
Who would be most likely to restore public trust in the Fed: the smart guy from the “old boys club” or an experienced woman who...
Dodd-Frank didn’t succeed in putting an end to “too big to fail” banks, but a new bill to restore the Glass-Steagall Act...
The House voted to ban abortions after twenty weeks—which, if it became law, would be blatantly unconstitutional.
When will free-traders-gone-wild own up to their complicity in brutal injustices like last week’s deadly factory fire?
Obama’s “chained CPI” saves only half of what the estate tax exemption loses. Do dead millionaires really matter more...
If the president goes through with his chained-CPI gambit, seniors won't be the only ones taking a hit—his political fortunes,...
The Justice Department is suing Standard & Poor’s. But why isn’t anyone going to jail?