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. 19, November 5

A Literary Correction. (THE CRITICS FICTION)
TOWARD THE END OF JONATHAN Franzen's magnificent new novel The Corrections, Chip Lambert, an associate professor who has lost his job--in the great tradition of fictional associate professors, for sleeping with a student--returns to his parents' midwestern...
Back to Church. (BELOW THE BELTWAY)
HAWKISH CONSERVATIVES today must secretly reserve a special affection for the late Idaho Democrat Frank Church; after all, he provided them with the cudgel they've since used to batter liberal critics of the U.S. intelligence community. As chair of...
Behind the Burqa. (GAZETTE)
THE TALIBAN FIRST BANDED together to rescue a gang-rape victim, or so its lore goes. In 1994, a woman (or two young girls--the story varies) living near Kandahar was kidnapped by a warlord. Abduction and rape were common occurrences in a country ravaged...
Bombs and Butter. (COMMENT)
BY NIGHT, WE DROP BOMBS; by day, we drop peanut butter and jelly. Our daytime rounds, at least at the outset of the campaign, seem more symbolic than our nightly ones; the amount of food we're delivering from the sky does not make up for the amount...
Bush's War Hawk. (GAZETTE)
FIRST, THE GOOD NEWS: Stumbling into a foreign broadcaster's Washington bureau last week, Richard Perle--majordomo to neoconservative hawks and chair of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board--appeared haggard. "I don't know if it looks to you from the...
Diffident Democrats: Why Are They So Glum about 2002? (GAZETTE)
A RECENT NEW YORK TIMES article recounted the many difficulties that Democrats are having getting their preferred candidates to run in key races in 2002. Many prospective candidates are backing off because they believe that the current war against...
Do It Big, Do It Now: The Case for Public Spending. (GAZETTE)
AMERICA IS LOOKING FOR government action to address the economic pain inflicted by the terrorist attacks and to prevent the economic slowdown from turning into a recession. This is part of an emerging theme in public life: a return to government activism....
Full Employment at Risk
EVEN BEFORE THE WORLD TRADE CENTER TRAGEDY STRUCK a blow at the economy, the national unemployment rate had begun to rise in recent months--and comments like these began appearing in the press: "The economy is moving to a more normal, sustainable...
How to Be Tough on Terrorism. (THE LAST WORD)
THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF OUR cause shouldn't prevent us from asking why so many people around the world who aren't terrorists hate America, and from seeking ways to reduce their hatred. Recognizing America's past failing in this regard isn't justifying...
In Bed with Bob Barr: How Conservatives Became the ACLU's Best Friends. (GAZETTE)
IN A SENSE, THE ONLY PEOPLE truly prepared to spring into action after the terrorist attacks on September 11 were the civil-liberties groups. "I knew there was going to be a problem, that we were going to see an effort to restrict civil liberties,"...
No Ordinary Time. (COMMENT)
ALL OF US FIND OURSELVES shocked to be living, abruptly, in a wholly new era--and none were more shocked than the Bush administration. Globally, the White House is now pursuing a feverish multilateralism, is reversing the Powell Doctrine to avoid shooting...
Patriotic Dissent. (ON THE CONTRARY)
I DON'T IMAGINE THAT HE WELcomed it, but September 11 was not a bad day politically for George W. Bush. It marked his transformation from a relatively unpopular, arguably unelected, and widely unrespected president to a "leader" with practically unanimous...
Repeal Bush's Tax Cut: Use the Money for Social Insurance and Economic Stimulus. (GAZETTE)
ONE OF THE IMPRESSIVE feats of intellectual tenacity in recent times is the Republicans' ability to sustain their faith in large tax cuts for the wealthy despite repeated battering from reality. When George W. Bush first proposed this early in 2000,...
Sunshine Patriots: Stupidity Doesn't Stop at the Water's Edge. (GAZETTE)
WHO ARE THE PATRIOTS in times of national crisis? For decades Republicans have questioned the patriotism of Democrats. Richard Nixon got elected to the Senate by calling his Democratic opponent, Helen Gahagan Douglas, "pink right down to her underwear."...
Supply-Siders Go to War. (THE TAXONOMIST)
WHEN ABRAHAM LINcoln faced the dissolution of the nation in the early 1860s, he imposed new taxes on the wealthy to help pay to save the Union. When Franklin D. Roosevelt took America to war against the Nazis, he sharply increased taxes on businesses...
Survival Lessons; a Commentary on Public Education and Other Critical Issues. (When We Stand)
On September 11, some 8,000 children were at school in what Americans have come to know as "ground zero." Many of the children saw, from their classroom windows, the World Trade Center towers, which were part of their everyday landscape, swallowed...
The Germ Front: Experts Differ over Whether Chemical and Biological Warfare Pose a Mass Threat-But They Agree That We Need a Stronger Public-Health Response
WITH ONE FLORIDA MAN DEAD OF ANTHRAX and another exposed, frightened Americans ant to know if something even worse than he horrific events of September 11 now lies ahead of us. Could terrorists loose bioweapons of mass destruction upon us: anthrax...
The Home Front: The Military Mind and Civil Defense. (GAZETTE)
QUIETLY OBSERVING THE smoking ruins of the World Trade Center in the immediate aftermath of the attack was a Vermont lawyer and two-star army general named Bruce Lawlor, who commands the Joint Task Force, Civil Support (JTF-CS), a little-known military...
The Mind of the Married Man. (TELEVISION)
IT WOULD BE INTERESTING, wouldn't it, to watch oneself watching TV, to see the muddy mirror that the face offers the screen, the weird and slavish half-reactions flickering across it, the shadows of infant anxiety and sudden, twitchy brightenings--like...
The National Purpose. (GAZETTE)
IN TIMES OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY, Americans have always--almost instinctively--turned to their government. So it should not be surprising that in the weeks since the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon there has been a striking rise in...
Tunnel Vision. (THE CRITICS CONSTRUCTION)
BOSTON'S BIG DIG, OFFICIALLY known as the Central Artery/ Tunnel Project, is a massive, budget-busting effort to re-shape the city's traffic infrastructure by the year 2005--without generating any more gridlock than Boston drivers are already resigned...
Wealth of Spirit: Will Nonprofits Be a Casualty of War? (COMMON WEALTH)
Give it away, give it away, give it away, give it away now. --THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS THE SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS produced plenty of collateral damage, but one largely unnoticed casualty is the impending harm to the nonprofit sector. The 1990s...