Prescription for the Democrats

Prescription for the Democrats

In Ronald Reagan’s America, Bob Kuttner has emerged as the Great Refuter. In The Life of the Party, Kuttner bemoans the paucity of Reagan Age journalists attempting to “influence the mainstream debate from the left.” Kuttner is the preeminent exception to his own rule. No one has more effectively attacked the conventional wisdoms of a mean time.

Through his writings on economic policy in the New Republic, Business Week, this, and other journals, in his columns, and in his 1984 book The Economic Illusion, Kuttner has steadily assailed the fundamental assumption underlying the shift to the right: that policies promoting equity inevitably impede growth and must be sacrificed to attain it. Against the alleged necessity of rising inequality as an engine for growth, Kuttner has hurled an array of alternatives from the American past and the international present.

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