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

Thinking Big on Labor Day

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AP Photo/Mike Groll Workers listen to a speaker during a Rebuild NY Now rally calling for greater infrastructure investments at the Legislative Office Building in Albany, New York. This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post . A s we mark Labor Day, the same dismal long-term job patterns persist. The economy is nominally in a recovery, but far too many jobs are insecure and fail to offer a middle-class standard of living. Whether the Federal Reserve makes things worse by raising rates, or continues its policy of low interest rates, nothing on the near horizon offers hope of significant change. Is this just the new normal for reasons that are structural to the new economy—or are major changes possible? There is no doubt that the economy could provide better jobs for more people. The problem is that political assumptions of what’s possible preclude the policies we need. For starters, we should be investing many trillions of dollars in the nation’s rotting infrastructure,...

Trumpism Could Be More Dangerous Than Trump

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TFV Media via AP Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump pauses as the supporters cheer during a campaign rally, Tuesday, August 23, 2016, in Austin, Texas. This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post . L et’s assume that the pundits and the polls are right. Hillary Clinton is on track to win the presidency. The Democrats may narrowly take back the Senate. But the fragility of American democracy and the pathology of our economy revealed by Donald Trump (and by the appeal of Bernie Sanders) will still be with us. And it will take an extraordinary shift by President Hillary Clinton to move these deep tectonic plates. In the short term, the forces of real hate have been loosed. They are not going away. Trump will find ways to insist that the election was stolen. He will continue to impeach the legitimacy of our institutions. After November, Trump may create a media empire, or a third party—or both. Medium term, all of the economic and cultural grievances brought to the...

Will Trump Fire Himself?

Even if Donald quits the race now, the GOP’s problems are far from over.

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AP Photo/Evan Vucci Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to speak during a campaign rally at Sacred Heart University, Saturday, August 13, 2016, in Fairfield, Connecticut. A version of this story appeared at The Huffington Post . D on’t rule out the possibility of Donald Trump quitting the race. Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal called on him to clean up his act by Labor Day, or step aside. That’s yuge. If Trump continues to be unable to discipline himself (as all signs indicate), and if Hillary Clinton keeps solidifying her lead, there is a plausible scenario in which his campaign enters a kind death spiral. First, more and more Republicans desert him. Recent press accounts quote senior Republicans saying that if Trump keeps sinking, the Republican National Committee should write off his campaign as hopeless and shift funds to House and Senate races to preserve the congressional fortress. That move itself would only intensify the self-fulfilling-prophesy aspect of...

Donald’s Unlikely Gift to Hillary

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AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pauses while speaking at a rally at Adams City High School in Commerce City, Colorado, Wednesday, August 3, 2016. A version of this article appeared at The Huffington Post . T his was going to be a tough election for Hillary Clinton. She represented continuity and establishment politics, at a political moment when unhappy voters wanted change. She was pushing 70. Most of her prospective GOP opponents were more youthful, some of them a whole generation younger, reinforcing the image of Clinton as a candidate of the past. She had a lot of baggage—Bill’s affairs, potential embarrassments from Clinton Foundation deals, a very long public record of public service, with inevitable gaffes and contradictions as targets. Even her strength in national security and foreign policy was blemished by misadventures such as the email mess. And then along came Trump. At first, it seemed as if Trump, in the role of faux...

Glass Ceiling and Class Ceiling: Can Hillary Smash Both?

To win in November, Clinton will need to put pocketbook issues front and center.

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AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File In this July 30, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in Youngstown, Ohio. A version of this story appeared at The Huffington Post . B ernie Sanders might be the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton. I don’t just mean persuading most of his delegates not to walk out. Think about it. Without the Sanders campaign, Clinton would be running mainly on three things—her exceptional experience, her breakthrough status as the first woman president, and her embrace of the cultural left that so dominated the Democratic National Convention. All three elements have as many negatives as positives. Clinton may be the most qualified candidate ever to run for president, but her experience includes some awkward baggage. The first potential woman president runs into headwinds of misogyny, personified by Donald Trump. And the cultural left risks alienating as many voters as it mobilizes. What Sanders added was to push Clinton...