Robert Kuttner

Robert Kuttner is co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect, 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. He is the author of Obama's Challenge and other books.

Recent Articles

Comment: Is Bradley for Real?

We've gotten our hearts broken before. Clinton, many of us hoped, was really a closet progressive who somehow also attracted moderates. His fellow southern governor, Jimmy Carter, looked to be a fine reformer for the post-Watergate era. But both presidents left legacies more conservative than liberal. Both were anti-party men. Both failed to use their high office to enhance credibility in government, the Democratic Party, or the liberal cause.

Comment: Taxing Democracy

George W. Bush may well win a tax program that most voters rejected
in the 2000 election. His $1.6 trillion in cuts would favor the richest
1 percent. Public opinion polls confirm that most Americans would rather
see the money go for social investments.

Of Our Time: Constraining Capital, Liberating Politics

If, as widely predicted, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) wins the German election in September, there will be center-left governments simultaneously in every major European nation for the first time in history -- in London, Paris, Rome, and Berlin. Of the 15 nations of the European Union, no fewer than 13 will be governed by democratic-left parties. Liberal democrats also occupy the executive branch in Washington and Ottawa.

This stunning convergence entails a double irony. Supposedly, this is the supreme capitalist moment. Yet in nation after nation, voters evidently don't like the effects of capitalism in the raw.

A More Truthful Use of Political Props

It was Ronald Reagan, that old trouper, who first started using as human props
ordinary Americans who would supposedly benefit from administration policies. We
became accustomed to seeing John and Mary Doe, the putative beneficiaries of tax cuts
and regulatory guttings, seated in the gallery at State of the Union addresses and other political
events.

Reagan also liked to identify himself with everyday heroes, who were regularly invited to White
House affairs.

Democrats, Block Those Bush Appointees

Republicans now control the executive and legislative branches of government and
are aiming for a lock on the third branch, the federal courts. All that stands in their way
are 50 Democratic senators, 40 of whom can mount a filibuster. But will the Democrats
be as unified and as tough as the Republicans?

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