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2020 and the Survival of American Democracy

by Kuttner, Robert

To save both democracy and a decent economy, here's why it's crucial that Americans elect a truly progressive president.

The 2020 presidential election will be pivotal for the credibility of government and for democracy itself, argues Robert Kuttner in this brief and compelling call to arms. Either we continue the twin slides into corrupt autocracy and corporate plutocracy the course set in the past half century by Republican and Democratic presidents alike or we elect a progressive Democrat in the mold of FDR. At stake is nothing less than the continued success of the American experiment in liberal democracy, which depends on a fairer distribution of life chances and a reduction of the financial industry's influence in the political sphere. Kuttner goes on to show convincingly that a progressive Democrat also has a better chance than a centrist of winning the presidency in the current political environment.

A passionate book from one of our best political analysts, The Stakes will be the book to read ahead of the 2020 primaries.

Robert Kuttner, cofounder and coeditor of The American Prospect, is a former columnist for Business Week, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe. He holds the Ida and Meyer Kirstein Chair at Brandeis University, and lives in Boston.

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Kuttner astutely makes the case that Democrats must win in 2020 as champions of working people - if they are to win at all. If you read one book about the coming election, read this one.

Quote: Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO

A beautifully written book, hauntingly disturbing as it describes the Republican assault on our democracy and the real dangers of a second Trump administration, but hopeful as it proposes a way forward for an electoral victory and the enactment of a progressive agenda that would restore dignity and living standards to all Americans.

Quote: Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate and author of People, Power, and Profits

essay by author: Note to Democrats: stop chasing centrist suburban voters

Quote: The Guardian

online essay by author: Trump Will Fail on China Trade War, but Progressive Democrats Must Carry On the Fight

Quote: Time

MSNBC "Morning Joe," interview

Quote: MSNBC

Author's article: Warren vs. Sanders: The progressive non-aggression pact won't hold much longer: Two progressives are serious contenders for the Democratic nomination but the peace treaty is starting to fray...

Quote: Salon

THE STAKES is a #1 Amazon new release in Political Ideologies

Quote: Amazon

Majority Report with Sam Seder, live interview

Quote: The Majority Report

Kuttner argues that it will not be enough for Democrats to replace Trump with a Democrat who will continue the reign of heedless capital that produced Trump in the first place. What is needed is a focus on what Kuttner calls 'pocketbook populism' that will unite rather than divide Democrats and will lure back voters disillusioned the party's ties to Wall Street.

Quote: John B. Judis, author of The Populist Explosion

In The Stakes, Robert Kuttner steps forward as a twenty-first-century Thomas Paine, revealing the rot that made the triumph of Donald Trump possible and advancing strategies for progressive renewal.

Quote: Randall Kennedy, Michael R. Klein Professor at Harvard Law School and author

Author's article: There's a reason populists like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are gaining on Joe Biden

Quote: Los Angeles Times

With a mastery of the complexities of American politics; its class, race, and gender dynamics; and recent research on effective strategies, Kuttner offers a brilliant guide to a struggling Democratic Party. If you're concerned about democracy, read this book.

Quote: Arlie Russell Hochschild, author of Strangers in Their Own Land:

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