Robert Kuttner: A 20-Year Odyssey
This article originally appeared on American Prospect.
Since the Prospect began publication as a quarterly with a circulation of 2,700, it’s been a forum for inspired argument, both with the right and within the liberal family.
In the two decades since Paul Starr, Robert Reich, and I founded The American Prospect, there have been surprising gains and losses to the liberal project. After the ascendancy of Reaganism, our purpose was to articulate a muscular liberalism, defined as a more effective democracy, an enlarged civic space, and a more just form of capitalism — a liberalism that could once again animate a majority politics.
As it happened, many people associated with the Prospect soon got involved with the Clinton presidency. In our pages, Stan Greenberg helped define the message that got Bill Clinton elected. Two of our three founders served with distinction in the administration. (I got to mind the store.)
Since we began publication as a quarterly with a circulation of 2,700, the Prospect, now a monthly with a lively Web magazine, has been a forum for inspired argument, both with the right and within the liberal family. We’ve been hospitable to a wide expanse of the liberal spectrum without sacrificing our core belief in effective government, robust progressive politics, and broad economic opportunity. The magazine has rejected facile contrarianism in favor of extensive reporting and evidence. Our friend and colleague Sandy Jencks describes the Prospect‘s signature as “policy as narrative.”
The economy today is more unequal, more precarious, and more prone to catastrophe than it was in 1990 — or for that matter in 1960. The counterweights to raw capitalism — a strong labor movement, effective economic regulation, valued public institutions — are on the defensive. Though a Democratic president has won partial reforms to restore public investment, revive economic regulation, and repair an unjust and inefficient private health-insurance system, the very idea of government as a needed counterweight to laissez-faire capitalism remains a hard sell.
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