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

Trump’s Tactical Retreats

If ever there were an impeachable offense, selling out national security for your business interests has to top the list.

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AP Photo/Alex Brandon President Donald Trump walks up the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base. T his was the week that Trump learned that there is a reality beyond what’s in his head, and that it can bite back. That’s both good news and bad news for the Trump resistance. If he starts behaving more like a normal person, he’s that much more dangerous. Monday night, Trump’s dumped his national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Even under a president who got famous for bellowing, “You’re fired!”, Flynn was allowed to follow the usual bogus Washington protocol, and “resigned.” It didn’t take Trump long to get with that program. This followed two days of total disarray around Flynn’s Russia connections, which reminded the public of Trump’s own footsie with Putin. Pushing out Flynn was doubly tricky, since Trump doesn’t know everything that the CIA has on Flynn—or what Flynn has on Trump, should Flynn feel wronged and decide to sing. Once again, the White House was in full...

The March To Impeachment

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AP Photo/Ted S. Warren Protesters call for the impeachment of President-elect Donald Trump as they march in Seattle on November 9, 2016. This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post . Subscribe here . T here are already plenty of grounds to impeach Donald Trump . The really interesting question is when key Republicans will decide that he’s more of a liability than an asset. If Trump keeps sucking up to Vladimir Putin, it could happen sooner than you think. The first potential count is Trump’s war with the courts. The Supreme Court is likely to give expedited review to the order by the 9th Circuit upholding Judge James Robart’s order that tossed out Trump’s bans on immigrants or refugees from seven countries, even permanent U.S. residents and others with valid green cards. It’s encouraging that the agencies of government, such as the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security, immediately deferred to the court order, not to a president who thinks he can govern...

Q&A: A Tale Told by an Idiot: Shakespeare and Trump

Allyn Burrows on mad kings, tragedy, and why Trump would fall short as a Shakespearean protagonist. 

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Cheriss May/NurPhoto/Sipa via AP Images President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn of the White House to board Marine One. A llyn Burrows was recently named the artistic director of Shakespeare and Company, in Lenox, Massachusetts, one of the nation’s leading festivals of Shakespeare and other theatre. Burrows has directed or acted in dozens of Shakespeare productions. Previously, he served for seven years as artistic director of the Actors’ Shakespeare Project in Boston. He spoke with Prospect co-editor Robert Kuttner about Shakespearean themes in the Trump administration. Robert Kuttner: It seems to me that the Trump drama has just about everything in Shakespeare—a mad king, enablers, manipulators, people who are weak. We've got the whole cast of characters, not to mention the intrigue. What does Shakespeare have to teach us about Trump? Allyn Burrows: Well, the classic madman was Macbeth, or Richard III. But Trump is less interesting as a madman than either of those,...

Impeachment or Impairment -- the Inevitability of Trump’s Removal

After just one week.

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AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais President Donald Trump, with pen in hand, speaks in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, January 30, 2017, before signing an executive order requiring government agencies requesting a new regulations to identify two regulations they will cut from their own departments. T here are two constitutional ways to remove a president. One is the process of impeachment. The other is the lesser-known 25th Amendment , which provides a way for an impaired president to be removed from office by a two-thirds vote of Congress. Should Trump be considered impaired? Or should he be brought up on charges of violating the Constitution? Pick your poison. Trump has been trying to govern by impulse, on whim, for personal retribution, for profit, by decree—as if he had been elected dictator. It doesn’t work, and the wheels are coming off the bus. After a week! Impeachment is gaining ground, because Republicans are already deserting this president in droves, and because...

Orwell, Hitler, and Trump

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Andrew Harrer/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images President Donald Trump speaks during an Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House. This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post . Subscribe here . L ast week, I reached for my Philip Roth―his splendid novel, The Plot Against America . This week, I reached for my George Orwell. In 1946, as Europe was digging out from the ruin of World War II―a genuine case of mass carnage as opposed to President Donald Trump’s fantasy carnage―Orwell wrote the classic essay on the seductions of propaganda, “Politics and the English Language.” Much of the essay, widely assigned in English classes, warns how stale writing leads to sloppy thinking. But the most original part is Orwell’s evisceration of propaganda. Combined with his great novel 1984 , written in 1949 as a dystopian warning about the way totalitarian practice becomes internalized in totalitarian thinking, these two great works...

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