The Stakes: 2020 and the Survival of American Democracy

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6.3 X 1.0 X 9.4 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Robert Kuttner is cofounder and coeditor of The American Prospect and the Economic Policy Institute and former columnist for both Business Week and the Boston Globe. The author of Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism? and Going Big, he holds the Ida and Meyer Kirstein Chair at Brandeis University and lives in Boston.


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.--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.--Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate and author of People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent
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.--Arlie Russell Hochschild, author of Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
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.--John B. Judis, author of The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics