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

Hard to Believe, but Trump Could Win

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Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP Images Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump attends a campaign event with veterans at the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, where he stated he believes President Obama was born in the United States, September 16, 2016. H ow can it possibly be that Donald Trump is on the verge of overtaking Hillary Clinton? Despite all of the questions Trump has raised about his suitability to lead the United States, nearly half of America’s voters seem willing to cut him enough slack to quite possibly elect him. One factor is that political elites have underestimated the deep disaffection of middle- and working-class, downwardly mobile white people. Working-class whites may be well off compared to most blacks, Latinos, and immigrants, but they don’t see it that way, and not without reason. For decades, two trends have been converging: increasing economic insecurity and falling earnings among white men, and the belated, entirely legitimate...

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...