David Callahan

David Callahan is a senior fellow at Demos and editor of PolicyShop, the Demos blog.

Recent Articles

History Lesson: Tax Cuts Are No Magic Bullet

No idea is more central to conservative economic thinking than the belief that cutting taxes leads to higher economic growth. One can certainly understand the appeal of this belief: It would be great if government could collect the same amount of revenue, but with much lower tax rates, because those rates fostered strong growth. 

Read My Lips: Fairer Taxes

Six ways to restore balance to our broken system


This piece is the fourth in a six-part series on taxation, and a joint project by The American Prospect and its publishing partner, Demos.

The “Buffett Rule” proposed by President Obama and now being considered by the Senate would be an important symbolic step toward a fairer tax system. By instituting a minimum tax on very high earners, it would advance the principle of progressive taxation and reform the tax code in an overdue way.

Washington, We Have a Revenue Problem

Why taxes have to go up—by a lot


This piece is the first in a six-part series on taxation and a joint project by The American Prospect and its publishing partner, Demos.

Freelance Nation

Progressives need to make government work better by helping out entrepreneurs and the self-employed.


The other day, on a Manhattan sidewalk, I ran into a former colleague and asked her what she was doing these days. She shrugged: “I’m in limbo.”

When I looked her up later to connect online, her LinkedIn profile listed her as CEO of her own consulting firm. That didn’t sound like limbo to me, until I saw the fine print: “self-employed, myself only.” Scrolling through the rest of my contacts, I noticed that quite a few people in my professional orbit had titles like “president” or “founder” or “principal.” Some of these people, I know, are doing quite well; others are barely making it.

Sorry, I've Started Seeing Someone Else

After years on the rocks, Wall Street is ready to break up with the GOP.

(Flickr/Alex E. Proimos)

For more than a century, big business has counted on the Republican Party to do its bidding in Washington. Given recent debates over taxes and regulation -- in which GOP lawmakers have catered to corporate interests -- it might seem that not much has changed.

The past few weeks, though, show that everything has changed. Today's Republican Party is turning out to be the worst friend business could imagine, led by politicians who don't understand the modern economy, and, worse, are ready to blow it up on principle.