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

Ignoring Health Care At Our Peril

I am at the age where my family and friends all seem to be coping with aging
relatives. And I can tell you that something has gone terribly wrong with both the
health care system and the system of nursing care.

People in their 80s and 90s, when their health starts to deteriorate, tend to have multiple things
wrong with them. From a doctors point of view, they are very time consuming to treat. They
often tend to be fearful and forgetful.

Poking holes in the Constitution

The biggest menace to the personal security of Americans may not be terrorism but
government's response to it.

The administration has already rammed through an antiterrorism bill that allows normal due process and
privacy protections to be waived if a prosecutor thinks some potential suspect has some remote
connection to terrorism. Now the president has decided that terrorism suspects can be tried before
special military tribunals, which do away with the inconvenience of constitutional niceties.

Only Connect

The New York Times Book (sic) Review for March 6, 1994 ran a feature piece reviewing a CD-ROM. "Microsoft Art Gallery," an interactive digitized catalog of Britain's National Gallery collection, won a rave. Just point and click, and you can pull up paintings by artist, period, or genre; you can also get spoken critical commentaries and painter biographies; you can zoom in or print out, all for $79.95. The Times's treatment of a CD-ROM as a virtual book has to be a kind of cultural watershed. The information revolution, decades after predictions of its imminence, has finally reached a popular critical mass.

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