Robert Kuttner

Robert Kuttner is co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect, and professor at Brandeis University's Heller School. His latest book is Debtors' Prison: The Politics of Austerity Versus Possibility. He writes columns for The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe and the New York Times international edition. 

Recent Articles

The Larger Meaning of Jeremy Corbyn

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(Photo: AP/Rex Features) Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks at a rally for refugees in London on September 12. This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post . T he victory of Jeremy Corbyn, an old-style unreconstructed lefty, to lead the supposedly modernized British Labour Party, is emblematic of trends afflicting all of Europe. Corbyn represents the same upsurge among the young and the dispossessed as Bernie Sanders does in the United States—a feeling that the more progressive of the two major parties is just not delivering, and a demand for new leadership that rejects failed centrism. Unfortunately for the Brits, Sanders is rather more presentable in his views than Corbyn. In the mainstream press, Corbyn has been ridiculed for saying admiring things about Hugo Chavez, wanting to pull Britain out of NATO, calling for broad-scale nationalizations of industry, and expressing pro-Palestinian views that, at times, seem to border on anti-Semitism. More on these questions...

Refugee Blues

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(Photo: AP/Rex Features) Hungarian police stop a train in Bicske, Hungary, that was carrying refugees from Budapest to the Austrian border, on September 4. This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post . Once we had a country and we thought it fair, Look in the atlas and you'll find it there: We cannot go there now, my dear, we cannot go there now. The consul banged the table and said, "If you've got no passport you're officially dead": But we are still alive, my dear, but we are still alive. Came to a public meeting; the speaker got up and said; "If we let them in, they will steal our daily bread": He was talking of you and me, my dear, he was talking of you and me. Saw a poodle in a jacket fastened with a pin, Saw a door opened and a cat let in: But they weren't German Jews, my dear, but they weren't German Jews. — W.H. Auden, Refugee Blues, 1939 (extracts) A nd here we are, again. Only it’s not Jews, but Syrians. On May 13, 1939, the passenger liner the St. Louis set sail...

Are We Asking Too Much of the Federal Reserve—or Too Little?

How the Fed can jump-start much-needed public investment. 

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AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, from left, with Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer, and the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System, presides over a meeting in Washington on July 20, 2015. This is an expanded version of a piece that first ran on Huffington Post . T here has been obsessive chatter about whether the Federal Reserve will, or should, raise interest rates this fall. At the Fed’s annual end-of-summer gabfest at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the issue was topic A. Advocates of a rate hike make the following claims: Very low rates were necessary when the economy was deep in recession. Now, with growth up and unemployment down, the near-zero rates are creating speculative bubbles . They are not really stimulating the economy much, as corporations put cash into stock buybacks and bankers park spare money at the Fed itself. So let’s get on with a more normal borrowing rate. Opponents of a rate hike counter that the economy is a lot weaker than...

2016: The Coming Train Wreck

The Republican demolition derby is worrying. But even more worrying is where that leaves the Democrats. 

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AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File In this June 25, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama walks with Vice President Joe Biden back to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington after the president spoke speaking in the Rose Garden. This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post . S ix months ago, the 2016 election looked to be predictable and boring: Clinton II vs. Bush III. Advantage: Clinton. Well, forget about that. The Republican demolition derby has been getting most of the publicity lately, but one should worry more about the Democrats. Consider: Hillary Clinton is sinking like a stone. She's falling in the polls. Conversations with her longtime friends and admirers indicate grave worry. She is not generating the excitement that the first prospective woman president should; the email mess is not going away; even the money advantage is not what was anticipated. And a self-declared socialist could defeat her in Iowa and New Hampshire. Even as she tacks left...

Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, and the Power of Disruption

Trump, like BLM, is upsetting business as usual for party leaders. BLM's intervention just happens to be much more constructive. 

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AP Photo/Elaine Thompson Marissa Johnson, left, speaks as Mara Jacqueline Willaford stands with her and Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders stands nearby as the two women take over the microphone at a rally Saturday, August 8, 2015, in downtown Seattle. An earlier version of this article appeared at The Huffington Post . I t was a good week for disruptive innovation. Three protestors very loosely affiliated with Black Lives Matter shut down Bernie Sanders yet again , this time at a Seattle rally Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, Donald Trump escalated his disruptive impact on the Republican presidential field, with a post-debate remark implying that Fox reporter Megyn Kelly was menstruating when she asked him provocative questions, fittingly, about his coarse put-downs of women. The two forms of disruption invite comparison. Protestors invoking BLM are disrupting the most progressive candidate in the Democratic field. Why? Because in the year since the murder of...