Robert Kuttner

Robert Kuttner is co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect magazine, as well as a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the think tank Demos. He was a longtime columnist for Business Week, and continues to write columns in the Boston Globe and Huffington Post. He is the author of A Presidency in Peril: The Inside Story of Obama's Promise, Wall Street's Power, and the Struggle to Control our Economic Future, Obama's Challenge, and other books.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 12:00pm
Low Oil Prices Are History's Greatest Case of Market Failure
Remember "Peak Oil?" The world was running out of oil , we were told: Prices would soon skyrocket, and we had better find other fuels. Well, that argument didn't work out so well for environmentalists, did it? As oil reserves and those of other carbon fuels became scarce and prices rose, the law of...
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Monday, September 1, 2014 - 11:45am
Labor Day: The Beginning of a Breakthrough
This Labor Day, working families do not have much to celebrate when it comes to wages and job security. But we can celebrate the fact that the deteriorating conditions of work are finally breaking through into broad political consciousness. Item. Last week, the board of directors of Market Basket,...
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 2:30pm
No Jobs But Crappy Jobs: The Next Big Political Issue?
For decades, the increasing precariousness of work has been a source of mass frustration for tens of millions of Americans. But the issue has been largely below the political radar. Politicians ritually invoke good jobs at good wages, yet presidents have been unwilling to name, much less remedy,...
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Monday, July 7, 2014 - 12:15pm
Damaged Democrats: Can They Recover?
When you consider what has been happening to the average working person since the era of Ronald Reagan, it's amazing that the Republicans have fought the Democrats about to a draw. The recipe of Reagan and both Bushes has been to weaken government, undermine the regulation of market excesses,...
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Monday, June 30, 2014 - 4:45pm
Needed: A Drastic Economic Transition
The shocking thing about the financial collapse of 2008 is not that Wall Street excesses pushed us into the worst economy crisis since the Depression. It's that the same financial system has been propped back up and that elites are getting richer than ever, while the effects of that collapse are...
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Monday, September 30, 2013 - 4:34pm
Beyond the Shutdown
We already know the next two acts of this drama. The Senate will refuse to accept the latest disingenuous House offer of allowing temporary government funding in exchange for a one-year delay in implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Barring a miracle, the government will then be forced to cease all non-emergency operations as of midnight tonight.
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Monday, September 16, 2013 - 6:51am
Summer's End at the Fed
Larry Summers is out. But who is in?
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Monday, May 20, 2013 - 7:15am
Needed: A Mass Movement for College Debt Relief
Austerity has failed in Europe, where the European Union just racked up 18 months of negative growth with no end in sight. It is failing in the United States, where this year's deficit reductions will cut the growth rate in half.
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Monday, April 15, 2013 - 12:13pm
The Budget Speech Obama Didn't Give
There are two paths to deficit reduction. One is slash and burn. We cut the investments that the country needs. We weaken the purchasing power of seniors. We end up with lower household income, a slower rate of growth and we get the grim satisfaction of budget balance in a weaker and poorer economy. That's the Republican way.
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Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 9:12am
Destroying the Economy and the Democrats
Job creation slowed to just 88,000 in March, signaling a sluggish economy. And President Obama, with unerring timing, picked this moment to put out an authorized leak that he is willing to put Social Security and Medicare on the block as part of a grand budget bargain that will only slow the economy further.
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