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The Stakes: 2020 & the Survival of American Democracy

September 26, 2019

In his new book, The Stakes, columnist, author and American Prospect cofounder Robert Kuttner explains how American democracy would be menaced by a second Trump term.

The damage can still be reversed, Kuttner contends. But it’s not enough that Democrats beat Trump in 2020, they must win and govern as economic progressives. Only that stance will bridge potentially fatal schisms of race and identity, rebuild an economy of broad prosperity, and repair faith in democratic government.

SCEPA hosted Bob Kuttner and Columbia University political scientist Ira Katznelson to discuss this essential moment in the history of American democracy. Will the United States choose to correct course, installing a chief executive and legislators that will defend bedrock democratic ideals and freedoms, or will it travel further down the road of Trumpism into a fully-realized and durable fascism? The authors and scholars were joined by student discusscant Ramona Moorhead, an MA student in economics at The New School for Social Research. 


Robert Kuttner
, cofounder and coeditor of the American Prospect, is a former columnist for BusinessWeek, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe. He is the author of twelve books on the interplay of politics and economics. He holds the Ida and Meyer Kirstein Chair at Brandeis University, and lives in Boston.

Ira Katznelson, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University, is an Americanist whose work has straddled comparative politics and political theory as well as political and social history. He returned in 1994 to Columbia, where he had been assistant and then associate professor from 1969 to 1974. In the interim, he taught the University of Chicago, chairing its department of political science from 1979 to 1982; and the Graduate Faculty of The New School for Social Research, where he was dean from 1983 to 1989.

Ramona Moorhead is a MA candidate in Economics at the New School for Social Research. She has a diverse background in fashion, labor rights, and corporate responsibility. Her research interests include economic and social upgrading in global supply chains, effects of international trade policy on labor markets and corporate governance mechanisms and regulation. Her thesis focuses on global development indicators and their relationship to standards of living within a global capitalist system.

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