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: Taking It with You

As Sheldon Pollack writes in this issue ["It's Alive," page 29], Republicans in Congress are close to killing the estate tax. Some remnant will survive, but it could be significantly cut, and with the collusion of many Democrats. Why get rid of a tax paid only by the richest 1 percent of Americans? Why scrap our only wealth tax, one that accounted for $28 billion dollars of revenue in 1999? You can understand why Republicans favor repeal, but why do numerous Democrats follow suit?

Comment: Top-Down Class Warfare

It is difficult for a liberal to raise concerns about irresponsible corporations without being accused of class warfare. The Wall Street Journal recently ridiculed Al Gore for "schlock populism" and cynical "business-bashing."

Of Our Time: Taking Care of Business

Few trends could so thoroughly undermine the very
foundations of our free society as the acceptance by corporate officials of a
social responsibility other than to make as much money for their shareholders as

—Milton Friedman, Capitalism and Freedom

War Profiteering On Anthrax Meds

Depending on what terrorists do next, America could be on the verge of a public health
catastrophe. The administration is moving belatedly to develop stocks of antibiotics to treat
anthrax. The government is also looking to procure 300 million doses of smallpox vaccine to
inoculate a new generation against a weaponized disease that was wiped out in its natural form two
decades ago. It is instructive to look at the role of two key players in this drama: the private drug
industry and the public health system.

If You Took an Airplane Recently, You Know Deregulation's a Loser

If you are like millions of Americans who vacationed this summer, you paid top dollar for airline tickets, had little choice of airline, and were rewarded by long delays. But then, when you landed, you became a sovereign consumer again. You had your choice of car rental companies, hotels, and restaurants. You could shop around for the best prices, carefully measuring price against quality, and exercise real buying power.

Indeed, at the very same airport where one or two airlines monopolize routes and disrespect passengers, 10 or 15 auto rental companies, often side by side, compete vigorously and courteously for your business. How it is that car rental companies give you plenty of choice and high quality service, but not airlines?