Robert Kuttner

Robert Kuttner

Robert Kuttner is co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect magazine, as well as a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the think tank Demos. He was a longtime columnist for Business Week, and continues to write columns in the Boston Globe and Huffington Post. He is the author of A Presidency in Peril: The Inside Story of Obama's Promise, Wall Street's Power, and the Struggle to Control our Economic Future, Obama's Challenge, and other books.

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"Trump is damned either way."(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Trump’s Impotent Rage
Something very fishy happened last week. On Friday, we were treated to almost hourly rumors that President Donald Trump’s firing of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was imminent. This was to be followed by a scheme to either fire or drastically limit the authority of Special Counsel Robert...
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"When the economy deserts the people, eventually people rebel. They even choose fascists over perverse policies delivered by democracies." (Photo: D. Myles Cullen/White House/Flickr) Views
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?
The triumph of neo-fascists like Viktor Orban in Hungary, the rise of far-right parties elsewhere in Europe, increasing trade conflicts with China, and the appeal of our own President Trump have one thing in common: the failure of a naive faith that deeper globalization would spread both liberal...
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President Donald Trump waves as he leaves after speaking about tax reform in the Grand Foyer of the White House. (Photo: AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Views
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
The Tax Cut and the Fake Trump Boom
With the economy producing rising growth rates and falling unemployment, will Donald Trump and the Republican tax bill be able to take political credit for the boom of 2017-2018? Maybe not. For starters, the boom was already roaring along in 2015 and 2016, before Trump took office, as the post-...
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Taxes were cut under every Republican president ever since, and three times just under Bush II. No matter how much Trump and key Republican senators loathe each other, the goal of further tax cutting trumps even their distaste for Trump. Views
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
What If Trump Wins on Obamacare and Taxes?
Until lately, Democrats have been comforting themselves over Trump’s nearly unbroken string of legislative losses. Despite a Republican majority in both houses of Congress, Trump and different factions of the GOP kept tripping over each other, denying him key legislative victories. His penchant for...
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You could write an entire edition of the DSM—the official manual of psychiatric disorders—just on Trump. Views
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
The Trump Nightmare: How It Ends
I don’t have a crystal ball, but I find the following scenario increasingly plausible. Let me begin by giving away the punch-line: When Robert Mueller’s report comes out, the Republican leadership will quickly huddle, and tell Trump that he needs to resign or face impeachment. Why is this...
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Jeremy Corbyn’s Surprising Gains
Something strange appears to be happening on the way to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s anticipated victory after her clever strategy of calling a snap election. The ploy could backfire on her—just the way her predecessor, David Cameron, got caught when he thought he could shut up the ultra-...
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Friday, December 16, 2016
Are We Stuck with Inequality?
The latesT study of deepening inequality by three of the most careful scholars of the subject, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saens, and Gabriel Zucman, has prompted another round of shrugs from economists that inequality is just in the nature of the advanced economy. Supposedly, these inexorable trends...
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Monday, June 06, 2016
Profiles in Cowardice—GOP Leaders and Donald Trump
Donald Trump has entered a new phase of autocratic weirdness. His attack on Federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding in the lawsuit against Trump University, was a trifecta. It combined outright racism with an assault on the independent judiciary and a clear warning that Trump would use the...
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Sanders, Socialism, and the Shafted Generation
Once again, Bernie Sanders has demonstrated, with a trifecta of big wins in Hawaii, Alaska, and Washington State, that he has broad and enthusiastic support, especially among the young. Equally astonishing is the large percentage of voters who say they are attracted rather than repelled by Sanders’...
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Monday, February 08, 2016
Generation Sanders
For more than a year, my pragmatist friends and colleagues have under-estimated the appeal of Bernie Sanders. As a big Sanders win approaches in the New Hampshire primary, they insist that this will be Sanders' last hurrah and urge his supporters to get real and get with the program—which is to...
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