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Robert Kuttner

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Quiet Desperation and American Fascism

(285) Comments | Posted November 22, 2015 | 9:59 PM

There's a must-read article if you want to understand why Democrats are losing the support of low income people who benefit from government programs like Medicaid and food stamps and logically should vote for Democrats based on pocketbook interests.

Alec MacGillis, of ProPublica, writing in the New York Times Sunday...

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A Grand Bargain With Putin Against ISIS?

(257) Comments | Posted November 15, 2015 | 9:01 PM

What follows is not very pretty. But it may be the best option available in a crisis without good options.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made no secret of the fact that he would like some kind of political settlement with the West. The German magazine Der Spiegel has just...

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Raising Rates: A Bad Idea Whose Time Has Come

(60) Comments | Posted November 8, 2015 | 8:25 PM

What is it with the Federal Reserve? Anticipating a decent job-creation rate, Chair Janet Yellen told Congress Wednesday that the central bank is likely to hike interest rates next month after all.

According to the Labor Department's latest jobs report released Friday, unemployment ticked downward...

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Who Will Be Hillary's Economic Team?

(227) Comments | Posted November 1, 2015 | 9:03 PM

Ever since she faced a stronger than expected challenge from her left, Hillary Clinton has been sounding more progressive than expected on economics. Let's hope she means it.

She has come out against the Keystone Pipeline, against the really dubious Trans-Pacific Partnership, in favor of substantial debt relief for college...

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Racism Hidden in Plain View

(257) Comments | Posted October 25, 2015 | 10:26 PM

One of the odd things about our era is that 50 years after the great civil rights era, ugly realities that the black community knows all too intimately are finally being recognized by the broader society. The question is whether constructive change will result.

The Sunday New York...

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Hillary: Not Out of the Woods Yet

(235) Comments | Posted October 18, 2015 | 11:38 PM

Whenever it appears that frontrunner Hillary Clinton has finally caught a break, along come reminders of the unexploded time-bombs that still lie waiting, just up the campaign trail. Take the email scandal (please). As Bernie Sanders pointed out during the CNN debate, in an uncharacteristic moment of courtliness, people are...

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What to Watch for in Tuesday's Debate

(135) Comments | Posted October 11, 2015 | 11:20 PM

Tuesday's Democratic debate is a very big deal, especially for front-runner Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders will probably exceed expectations because many viewers will be seeing him for the first time, certainly for the first time against Clinton. The other three candidates will likely find themselves far back -- this is...

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Bernie Sanders Is About as Radical as Harry Truman

(246) Comments | Posted October 4, 2015 | 11:18 PM

The mainstream media continues to be shocked that Bernie Sanders keeps gaining traction against frontrunner Hillary Clinton. However, if you look at what Sanders actually stands for, it is well within the mainstream of what used to be the Democratic Party.

Ever since Jimmy Carter, it has been...

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Et Tu, Janet Yellen?

(20) Comments | Posted September 27, 2015 | 11:22 PM

Barely a week after Fed Chair Janet Yellen cheered her many admirers by fending off pressures to raise interest rates in a weak recovery, Yellen reversed course. In a long, dense, technical lecture at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on Thursday, Yellen concluded by indicating that the Fed is

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America's Collapsing Trade Initiatives

(102) Comments | Posted September 20, 2015 | 11:12 PM

Chinese president Xi Jinping will be in Washington this week on an official state visit. President Obama had hoped to impress Xi with an all but sealed trade deal with major Pacific nations called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to demonstrate that America is still a force to be reckoned with...

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'구식 좌파' 제레미 코빈이 영국 노동당 당수로 선출된 것의 더 큰 의미

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 6:47 PM

*이 글을 쓴 로버트 쿠트너는 '더 아메리칸 프로스펙트'의 공동 에디터이며 브랜데이스대학의 교수다.

변절하지 않은 구식 좌파 제레미 코빈이 이른바 현대화 되었다는 영국 노동당 대표로 당선된 것은 유럽 전체에 영향을 미치고 있는 경향을 상징적으로 보여준다. 코빈은 버니 샌더스가 미국에서 그러고 있듯, 재산을 박탈 당한 젊은이들의 급증을 대표한다. 두...

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The Larger Meaning of Jeremy Corbyn

(41) Comments | Posted September 13, 2015 | 11:01 PM

The victory of Jeremy Corbyn, an old-style unreconstructed lefty, to lead the supposedly modernized British Labour Party, is emblematic of trends afflicting all of Europe. Corbyn represents the same upsurge among the young and the dispossessed as Bernie Sanders does in the United States -- a feeling that the more...

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Refugee Blues

(80) Comments | Posted September 6, 2015 | 9:46 PM

Once we had a country and we thought it fair, Look in the atlas and you'll find it there: We cannot go there now, my dear, we cannot go there now.

The consul banged the table and said,
"If you've got no passport you're officially dead":
But we...

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We Are Asking Too Much of the Federal Reserve

(89) Comments | Posted August 30, 2015 | 10:56 PM

There has been obsessive chatter about whether the Federal Reserve will, or should, raise interest rates this fall. At the Fed's annual end-of-summer gabfest at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the issue was topic A.

Advocates of a rate hike make the following claims:

Very low rates were necessary when the economy...

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2016: The Coming Train Wreck

(618) Comments | Posted August 23, 2015 | 10:22 PM

Six months ago, the 2016 election looked to be predictable and boring: Clinton II vs. Bush III. Advantage: Clinton.

Well, forget about that.

The Republican demolition derby has been getting most of the publicity lately, but one should worry more about the Democrats. Consider:

Hillary Clinton is sinking like a...

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Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, And the Power of Disruption

(184) Comments | Posted August 9, 2015 | 10:45 PM

It was a good week for disruptive innovation. Three protestors affiliated with Black Lives Matter shut down Bernie Sanders yet again, this time at a Seattle rally Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump escalated his disruptive impact on the Republican presidential field, with a post-debate remark...

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The German Menace

(131) Comments | Posted August 2, 2015 | 8:36 PM

At the end of World War II, a bloody horror that cost 80 million lives worldwide, American leaders were determined that Germany must never again rise to massacre its neighbors. So the allies created a plan to strip Germany of its industrial might and turn it into a "pastoral" economy...

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Why Social Security Beats All Rivals -- And the Case for Expanding It

(243) Comments | Posted July 26, 2015 | 9:48 PM

This is the season when we hear calls to cut Social Security. That's because of the annual trustees report on the system's financial condition.

Last week, the trustees reported that Social Security can pay all of its projected obligations through about 2034. To keep faith with today's...

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Why Liberals Have to Be Radicals

(215) Comments | Posted July 19, 2015 | 9:03 PM

Just about nothing being proposed in mainstream politics is radical enough to fix what ails the economy. Consider everything that is destroying the life chances of ordinary people:

  • Young adults are staggered by $1.3 trillion in student debt. Yet even those with college degrees are losing ground in terms of...
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Delusion in the Desert

(50) Comments | Posted July 12, 2015 | 9:37 PM

LAS VEGAS -- I'm here at Planet Hollywood as the token liberal to participate in two debates -- one on what is killing the American Dream; the other a mock trial of the Federal Reserve. Paul Krugman is also here, debating the cause and cure of inequality. We're outnumbered about...

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