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

Britain: The Triumph and the Muddle

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Rex Features via AP Images Jeremy Corbyn leaves the Labour Party Headquarters in London. T here are two main takeaways from the astounding British election. First, there is a hunger for a progressive leader and program that takes seriously just how badly the current economy is destroying ordinary people. Against all odds, Jeremy Corbyn proved to be a plausible version of that leader, just as Bernie Sanders did in the U.S. But second, the battle over British exit from the European Union has severely muddled the broader politics of left and right. The policy confusion will only be compounded by the muddle of a hung Parliament, in which neither major party has a governing majority. Much of the disaffected British working class vented their economic frustrations in the 2016 referendum on Brexit. Only a small part of this vote reflected a nuanced critique of the EU as an agent of market economics and job displacement. Most of the protest vote was pure nationalism—get those Bulgarians out...

Waiting for Lefty: the Deeper Meaning of Corbyn and Brexit

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(Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire via AP) Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn waves after taking part in the BBC Election Debate in Cambridge on May 31, 2017. L ondon, United Kingdom — In the aftermath of the latest terrorist attack on London Bridge, the Labour Party candidate, Jeremy Corbyn, once written off as a hopeless left-winger, was pitch-perfect in his response, while Theresa May, the hapless incumbent, spoke in platitudes. Many considered Corbyn’s the best speech of the campaign. Here is some of what Corbyn said : Our priority must be public safety and I will take whatever action is necessary and effective to protect the security of our people and our country. That includes full authority for the police to use whatever force is necessary to protect and save life as they did last night, as they did in Westminster in March. … You cannot protect the public on the cheap. The police and security services must get the resources they need, not 20,000 police cuts. Theresa May was warned...

Jeremy Corbyn’s Surprising Gains

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David Cheskin/Press Association via AP Images Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn at a General Election rally at the Old Fruitmarket, Candleriggs, Glasgow. An earlier version of this article appeared at The Huffington Post. Subscribe here . S omething strange appears to be happening on the way to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s anticipated victory after her clever strategy of calling a snap election. The ploy could backfire on her—just the way her predecessor, David Cameron, got caught when he thought he could shut up the ultra-nationalists by calling a referendum on British membership in the European Union. The result was Brexit, and Cameron’s own hasty exit. Until a few weeks ago, the general assumption in Britain was that the Labour Party was doomed to a sweeping defeat in the June 8 general election. In April, the Tories had an overwhelming lead in the polls. May, who had succeeded the hapless Cameron, was an opponent of Brexit who now vowed to make Brexit work. She was seeking...

The Case for President Pence

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AP Photo/Alex Brandon Vice President Mike Pence pauses while speaking at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce during their "Invest in America!" Summit. This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post . Subscribe here . I n raising the issue of President Trump’s removal from office, either through impeachment or a finding of impairment via the 25th Amendment, I keep hearing otherwise sensible people say, “But then we’ll just get President Pence, and the Republicans will have time to regroup and recover.” Well, think again. For starters, Donald Trump is a unique menace to American democracy and to planet Earth. Getting him out of office should be the top priority—the sooner, the better. Secondly, in purely partisan terms, replacing Trump with Pence would be far from a romp for Republicans. Pence is no Trump. He lacks Trump’s feral charisma, his weird genius as an entertainer, and the image of being a champion of aggrieved heartland forgotten voters. Pence was a fairly ordinary religious...

Trump: The End Game

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AP Photo/Evan Vucci President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, to board Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, then to speak at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Commencement Ceremony. T rump will be forced from the presidency. The only question is by what means, and how much further damage this wounded madman will do along the way. It is the classic problem with dealing with a Mad King. It needs to be done quickly. The more cornered Trump feels—the more isolated and beleaguered—the crazier and more paranoid he will get. Nobody can be trusted. They are all out to get him. The pattern of a new crisis a day will continue. Trump keeps digging the hole deeper because he can’t stop himself. He is a badly impaired psychopath. Senior Republicans have finally grasped that however much he seemed a useful idiot for their agenda, he is just too crazy and too dangerous. The moment of truth came when they realized that he...

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