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

Why Trump Doesn’t Go After Jeff Bezos

AP Photo/Cliff Owen Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, speaks at The Economic Club of Washington's Milestone Celebration. O n several occasions in the last two years, Donald Trump has made blunt threats against The Washington Post and its multi-billionaire owner, Jeff Bezos . Since buying the Post from the Graham family in 2013, Bezos has reinvested handsomely in the newsroom, while keeping his hands off editorial matters. As the Post has done its job, becoming a thorn in Trump’s side, the president has issued dark warnings against the source of Bezos’s spare billions, Amazon, as a menace to local retailing. But curiously, Trump’s administration has not acted on these threats. And therein hangs a tale. Bezos made his massive fortune the old fashioned way, as a monopolist. Amazon has nasty, predatory habits of bullying sellers that don’t meet its terms, vacuuming up potential competitors, and of course keeping massive information on customers that give it an unfair leg up on its...

Trump’s Bastard Children

AP Photo/Alex Brandon President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill P olitical scientists use the word legitimacy to mean a government that is broadly seen as having the right to govern. Consent of the governed was also a prime concern of America’s Founders. For most of America’s history, our government enjoyed broad legitimacy. It look a long time, of course, for the national government to regain legitimacy in Dixie. And if you scratch below the surface, many Southern whites still question its legitimacy. But for most of the post-World War II era, our government was seen as broadly legitimate. Alas, it has not been legitimate since 2000, when George W. Bush, with the complicity of five Supreme Court justices, stole the election. That means citizens might rightly question the legitimacy of policies enacted by Republican presidents and their Supreme Court appointees ever since. Under President Obama,...

Sweden Shows No Country Is Immune to Far-Right, Anti-Immigrant Backlash

Anders Wiklund /TT via AP Jimmie Åkesson, leader of the far-right Sweden Democrats, speaks at the election party in Stockholm. This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post. Subscribe here . S weden has long been one of the world’s most generous and tolerant countries. Its outlays on foreign aid and relief efforts are among the world’s highest, and with just 9.9 million inhabitants, Sweden has taken in far more than its share of migrants and refugees. Sweden has also had one of the world’s most inclusive social contracts, allowing prosperity to be broadly shared. The Swedes have long had a secret sauce of dynamic entrepreneurship, strong labor unions, and a comprehensive welfare state. But in Sunday’s election, Sweden demonstrated that no country is immune from the anti-immigrant, far-right backlash. The neo-fascist Sweden Democrats gained 17.6 percent of the vote , upending the country’s traditional party system, and leaving both the existing center-left and center-right...

How Democrats Can Make Race a Winning Issue

Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP Georgia Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks during the Georgia Democratic Convention in Atlanta This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post. Subscribe here . A year ago, in my interview that cost Steve Bannon his White House job, Bannon said the following about race: The Democrats—the longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em. I want them to talk about racism every day. If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats. Is Bannon’s dream and the Democrats’ nightmare about race coming true this election year? Or have Democrats found a way of talking about race that is both inclusive and effectively mobilizes the African American vote? They managed that balancing act, of course, in the era of Barack Obama. Candidate Obama took pains to run as a reformer who happened to be African American rather than as an African American candidate,...

Republicans Can Honor John McCain by Putting America Before Trump

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky Senator John McCain delivers remarks at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post . Subscribe here . T he death of Senator John McCain throws into relief a new and even more alarming phase of the crisis facing American democracy. McCain was one of the few Republican senators willing to publicly warn Donald Trump of the bright lines that he must not cross. Last week, as the latest successful prosecutions of Trump associates connected more dots between the criminal misconduct of his underlings and the president personally, we all waited for Republican leaders to distance themselves from Trump and to repeat warnings that Trump must not attempt to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions or his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, much less Special Counsel Robert Mueller. But few such declarations were forthcoming. On the contrary, Senator Chuck Grassley actually walked back a previous red line warning. Grassley, as chair...

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