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

A Self-Sufficient Energy Policy?

Although gasoline prices are down slightly for the moment, this war against terrorism
imperils America's long-term access to cheap oil. And if the Mideast conflict refocuses us on
energy self-sufficiency, that would be a constructive byproduct.

Creating a Secure -- But Free -- US

For 20 years, the party now in power has been crusading for smaller government. But that
was then. Since Sept. 11, we've gotten a rude awakening that everything from our personal and
national security to the rebuilding of a stunned economy depends on an effective government.
We also got a look at public workers in action - New York's police, fire, and EMT heroes - not a lazy
bureaucrat among them.

Shame On Journalists for Forgetting Orwell

In his timeless essay ''Politics and the English Language,'' George Orwell explored how
manipulation of words can change how people think. Orwell noted Stalin's use of the word
''liquidation'' as a delicate synonym for execution of political enemies among several other

The Poverty of Neoliberalism

In the late 1970s, a group of one-time liberals began describing themselves as neoliberals. 'We criticize liberalism," Charles Peters, editor of the neoliberal Washington Monthly, wrote in 1983, "not to destroy it but to renew it by freeing it from its myths, from its old automatic responses..." Neoliberals often join conservatives in lambasting public programs, skewering bureaucrats, and celebrating the power of the market. They also attack special interest groups in the name of a more embracing public interest, untainted by politics. Much of their criticism is entertaining; some of it is even fair.

Is There a Democratic Economics?

Yes, there is a Democratic economics. What remains to be seen is whether there is a Democratic politics. The real economic issue is not the current recession, but fifteen years of invisible depression. That should be the focus of the reframed debate. A steady erosion of living standards for wage and salary earners suggests a very different construction of the problem, different remedies, and a far superior politics.