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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Populists Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are gaining on Joe Biden, not because they perform better on their feet but because they have the more compelling story of what ails America. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
There’s a Reason Populists Like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders Are Gaining on Joe Biden
Looking beyond personalities, Thursday’s Democratic debate will be about three fundamentally different paths to 2020: embrace moderation; mobilize a “majority-minority” electorate; or come out strongly as economic populists. Populists Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are gaining on Joe Biden,...
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Workers have been abused by many facets of today’s American capitalism. (Photo: Reuters) Views
Thursday, July 18, 2019
At Last, Legislation to Stop Private Equity Abuses
The private equity industry represents the great, hidden-in-plain view predator of American capitalism. As the Prospect has detailed in numerous articles examining markets like newspapers , grocery stores , and retail , these firms are secret entities whose basic business strategy is to borrow...
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Tuesday, June 04, 2019
Elizabeth Warren Presents Unparalleled Plan to Bolster American Workers and Manufacturing
I have been a fan of Elizabeth Warren for a long time . Her combination of deep knowledge of how American capitalism works, her capacity to narrate the lived experience of American working families and tie it to radical reforms, and her sheer integrity are unsurpassed. Her rollout of one brilliant...
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A Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane sits on the assembly line in an assembly facility in Renton, Washington. (Photo: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Views
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Those Boeing Crashes and Donald Trump
If you are a casual follower of the story of the crashes of two Boeing 737 MAX airliners, you are probably aware that a sensor malfunction caused an automatic software program to mistakenly point the plane’s nose downward to prevent a stall, overriding the pilot, and sometimes putting the plane on...
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District 27 Democratic candidate Donna Shalala, center, celebrates her victory over Republican television journalist Maria Elvira Salazar in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo: Emily Michot/Miami Herald via AP) Views
Thursday, November 08, 2018
How a Progressive Message Won House Seats
In my election-eve column on Tuesday, I suggested that we take a close look at Democratic candidates who ousted Republican incumbents, to see where a progressive message worked. Here are some early verdicts. At this writing, according to FiveThirtyEight.com , there are 29 projected Democratic...
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President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hand at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland. (Photo: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Views
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
History’s Most Incompetent Demagogue
No one likes us I don't know why We may not be perfect But heaven knows we try But all around Even our old friends put us down Let's drop the big one And see what happens —Randy Newman, “Political Science,” 1972 S inger, songwriter, and satirist Randy Newman, almost half a century ago, was...
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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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