The American Prospect

A monthly political journal of liberal though. Contains articles that generate debate, further ideas, and set agendas; and provides a forum for working through the controversies and hard choices facing all Americans. Includes regular topics and features.

Articles from Vol. 12, No. 7, April 23

A Question of Power
Is the time ripe for a Progressive revival? Liberals may well wonder where we go from here. An ambiguous and questionable election, a president who ignores the fact that he lost the popular vote by more than alfa million, a cabinet of corporate...
Chiang Kai-Shek Is Dead
President George W. Bush's first major foreign-policy decision will come at the end of April when he will have to decide what kind of military hardware to sell Taiwan. The debate will be somewhat technical, but very important: It involves America's...
Class Clowns
The Oblongs, the WB network's new animated series that premiered on April Fools' Day, opens with the sound of a flushing toilet. Chipper voices, who could be singing about the Flintstones or Scooby Doo, sing the show's setup: As cartoon waste flows...
Correspondence
THE THERNSTROMS IN BLACK AND WHITE TO THE EDITORS: I thought The American Prospect was a journal of ideas. I also thought you prided yourself on your feminist ideals and respect for women. All the more disquieting, then, to come across the degrading...
Gerrymandering for Position in 2002
When Indiana Democrat Tim Roemer anounced recently that he would retire the House of Representatives at the end of this session of Congress, the officially cited was that he wanted to spend more time with his family. That's no doubt true. But it is...
Going Holistic
University of California President Richard C. Atkinson's loud call in February for abolishing the use of the SAT I test in undergraduate admissions is likely to have a lot more significance outside the UC system than within. Atkinson's university...
How the DLC Does It
Representative Gregory Meeks, an African-American lawyer and assistant district attorney elected to Congress in 1998 to represent a middle-class black neighborhood in Queens, New York, was undecided asr year on the divisive issue of trade rights for...
Liberal Loss
The postmortems on the Democrats' 2000 election campaign have focused on Bill Clintons "moral drag" on the Democratic ticket and A1 Gore's shortcomings as a candidate. Both played a part in the unhappy outcome, but the fixation on personalities obscures...
Mama's Delicate Condition
Female politicians have not fared particularly well in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We have sent no women to Congress in recent years and have never elected a female senator, governor, or attorney general; the state legislature has never been...
Oops, She Did It Again
A year and a half after the headline-making Sensation exhibit, the Brooklyn Museum of Art has sparked yet another controversy involving art, religion, freedom of expression, the role of the museum, and, not leas! of all, the nature of art criticism--which...
Progressive Mandate
This was the winter of Democratic discontent. By stealing the presidential election last fall, Republicans gained control of all branches of the federal vernment--the presidency, both houses of Conss, and, of course, the Supreme Court. Their dominance...
Rewriting History: A Cautionary Tale
During the House debate in early March on the first round of the Bush tax cuts, Majority Whip Tom DeLay of Texas stood up on the House floor and tried to revise history. "Mr. Speaker," said DeLay, "I have to say, that the Democrat leadership has no...
Schools That Develop Children
American schools are said to be failing. Like nineteenth-century medicine men, everybody is promoting everything, whether there is any evidence that it works or not. Over here we have vouchers, charters, privatization, longer school days, summer school,...
The Baucus Factor
If there was one Senate Democrat--besides Georgia's Zell Miller, that is--who was thought to be an easy vote for George W. Bush's megalithic tax scheme it was Max Baucus of Montana. In the presidential race last year, Montana went for W. by 24 points....
The Case (Once Again) for Universal Health Insurance
Forget a tax cut, other than an immediate one-year stimulus that puts money into the hands of people earning less than $50,000 a year. Forget paying down the debt. Use the federal surplus for universal health insurance. Working families won't get much...
The Confidence Game
Prompted by a plunge in the Consumer Confidence Index, which hit a near-five-year low in February, The New York Times dubbed confidence the "X factor that can save the day or push the economy over the brink into recession." Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan...
The McCain Mutiny
On most issues, Republican legislators have presented a solid phalanx to give the Bush administration whatever it wants. The exception is campaign finance reform--and the chink in the Republican armor is Arizona Senator John McCain. Should Democrats...