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 Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism? In addition to writing for the Prospect, he writes for The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, and the New York Review of Books. 

Follow Bob at his site, robertkuttner.com, and on Twitter. 

Recent Articles

Movement Against Nancy Pelosi Is a Classic Democratic Circular Firing Squad

AP Photo/Susan Walsh House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill. This article originally appeared at HuffPost. Subscribe here . W ill Nancy Pelosi have the votes to become the next House speaker? It certainly seems so, despite a lot of smoke and bluff from her detractors. For starters, it is dawning on the newly elected House Democrats, most of whom are progressives, that the hardcore anti-Pelosi opposition is comprised of men who want to push the party to the center. The hashtag #FiveWhiteGuys nicely sums up what’s at work. The white guys in question are Reps. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, Tim Ryan of Ohio, Ed Perlmutter of Colorado, Kurt Schrader of Oregon and Bill Foster of Illinois. They want a party that has more appeal to the middle. But the 2018 election was all about grassroots energy, women’s leadership, and Democrats running as pocketbook progressives flipping House seats. So, why would the Democratic caucus want to displace a leader...

Will Mueller Survive?

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after a meeting on Capitol Hill. I an Bassin was associate White House counsel under President Barack Obama. He’s the founding executive director of the organization Protect Democracy , and past president of the American Constitution Society's Student Chapter at Yale Law School. He spoke with Prospect Co-Editor Robert Kuttner. This conversation has been edited for clarity. Robert Kuttner: What can Robert Mueller do to protect the integrity of his investigation? What might have been done so far and what can he do in the future if the acting attorney general, Matt Whitaker, tries to rein him in? Ian Bassin: There’s one thing that we know that Mueller has already done and there’s another we can speculate about. We know he has divided up a variety of the possible cases against people in the Trump orbit to different parts of the Justice Department. So some cases are in the Southern District of New York, there are...

How a Progressive Message Won House Seats

Emily Michot/Miami Herald via AP District 27 Democratic candidate Donna Shalala, center, celebrates her victory over Republican television journalist Maria Elvira Salazar in Coral Gables, Florida. I n my election-eve column on Tuesday, I suggested that we take a close look at Democratic candidates who ousted Republican incumbents, to see where a progressive message worked. Here are some early verdicts. At this writing, according to FiveThirtyEight.com , there are 29 projected Democratic pickups, and another seven where Democrats are leading and likely to take the seat. Of these, 12 Democrats won in heavily Republican territory by advocating Medicare for all, a significant expansion of Medicare, or a buy-in at age 55. They included former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala in Florida, Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania, who is now chair of the House Expand Social Security caucus, as well as Abigail Spanberger, who looks to have upset Dave Brat in the Richmond, Virginia, area,...

Why Democrats Need to Win as Economic Populists

That’s the best way to win back Trump voters, avoid falling into the identity politics trap, and unify the potential coalition.

AP Photo/Gary Landers, Pool Senator Sherrod Brown speaks during the U.S. Senate debate with Representative Jim Renacci at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. T here has been a lot of argument about whether Democrats need to win by running more to the left or more to the center. In my writings, I’ve contended that the best way for the Democrats is to gain ground is to run populist on economics. Why? First, because that’s where the country needs radical reform; second, that’s where the Clinton-Obama Democratic Party lost its soul; third, if the election is all about identity rather than economics, that plays to Trump’s fear-mongering; and fourth, economic populism creates a politics of working people of all races against economic royalists rather than working people of different backgrounds against each other. By working people, I mean not just the “working class,” often defined as the non-college educated, but anyone who lives on paychecks and is not independently rich. It’s a class...

How Will Hate Play in the Midterms?

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik President Donald Trump waves as he departs a rally at Southern Illinois Airport in Murphysboro, Illinois. F or months, President Donald Trump has been trying to nationalize the midterm elections. The strategy had a certain logic — until this past week. Normally, there is a dramatic falloff in turnout from a presidential election to a midterm. But given that Trump’s base adores him, if he can get those voters to turn out at anything like 2016 rates, the usual rules won’t apply and his allies will hold Congress. Thus, Trump has been campaigning for Republicans far more aggressively than the usual president in a midterm―certainly more aggressively than a president with overall popularity ratings in the mid-forties in a good week. In some GOP quarters, optimism was growing about the party’s prospects on November 6. But then something happened that threw Trump off balance. Hateful chickens came home to roost. Just days after Trump praised Representative Greg...

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