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. 14, No. 6, June

American Bioscience Meets the American Dream: Here and Abroad, the Road to Self-Fulfillment Is Lined with Drugs and Surgery
"Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball." When Jacques Barzun made this famous diagnosis of American life in 1954, Wallace Laboratories was preparing to introduce the nation to a new drug called Miltown. Marketed...
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America's Global Role: Why the Fight for a Worldwide Open Society Begins at Home
ON MAY 27, 1999, AT THE INVITATION OF THEN-DEAN PAUL Wolfowitz, I delivered a commencement address at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington. I spoke about my vision for a global open society and Wolfowitz, now deputy...
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... and in Texas. (Devil in the Details)
LIKE RUST, TOM DELAY never sleeps. The bug exterminator's latest stunt is to reopen the decennial reapportionment process in states where legislatures became more Republican in the last election, so that congressional district lines can be redrawn...
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Another Corporate Tax Cut? (the Taxonomist)
As I write this, the House has just passed its version of the Third Annual Bush Tax Cut and the Senate is about to debate its bill. Both measures are irresponsible, gimmick-ridden, economically wrongheaded and heavily tilted toward the rich. President...
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Bush's Poodle? the Plight of Tony Blair-And American Democrats. (Dispatches)
TONY BLAIR'S FACE SAYS IT ALL. IT IS etched with ruts and gullies where once there were laughter lines and humane creases. His cheeks have fallen in. The mental, political and emotional traumas of the last six months have left their indelible mark....
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Candidates' Scorecard: Taxes. (Devil in the Details)
BUSH'S 2001 TAX CUT COST $1.35 trillion. The tax cut failed to create jobs. Its main purpose seems to be relief for the rich and wreckage of public outlay. When Bush proposed his big cut in 2001, some Democrats were afraid to resist it head-on....
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Democratic Economics. (the Last Word)
George W. Bush's sales plan for his tax cut is much the same as the one for his war on Iraq. * Use whatever the public is concerned about, even though the solution has almost nothing to do with that concern. Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld wanted to...
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Embed or in Bed? the War, the Media and the Truth. (Media)
IN A STANDARD SUPPLEMENT TO THEIR regular war package, mainstream media now occasionally feature--what else?--mainstream media criticism. This time around, the two prime subjects were (1) embedded reporters and (2) bombastic cable networks. Easier...
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Get Happy! (Comment)
Not many commentators have been as insistent as I have that the Democrats stop letting themselves get kicked around and learn to play hardball the way the right plays it, an argument I've made in this magazine [see "Dems' Fightin' Words," TAP, Aug....
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Jacobins of the GOP. (Devil in the Details)
IT'S A MOMENT THAT ALL successful revolutions face: Your enemies have all been dispatched, so you proceed to turn on your own people. The pattern was set in revolutionary France, where, once the monarchy was beheaded, the aristocracy exiled and the...
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Kant and Mill in Baghdad. (below the Beltway)
In justifying their war against Iraq, the Bush administration and its supporters based their case primarily on the threat to the United States posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and ties with al-Qaeda. But to date, American and British troops...
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Our Sitting President: Bush's Lack of Foreign Travel Undermines American Diplomacy. (Dispatches)
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S INABILITY to garner broad international support for its Iraq plans may go down in history as the result of the biggest diplomatic miscalculation since British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain proclaimed "peace in our time"...
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Parents Fight Back. (Comment)
Ms. S. is a young, attractive single mother who used to work full-time for a marketing company in New York City. She was named employee of the month several times, and when the company decided to do some television promotion, she was asked to appear...
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Perpetual Politics in California ... (Devil in Details)
TO EVERYTHING THERE is--or at least there should be--a season, but for the Republican right, election season never ends. The movement to place a recall of California Gov. Gray Davis on the ballot later this year is on simmer but could soon be at full...
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Rock and a Hard Place: How Moderate Republicans Are Getting Strong-Armed by Bush. (Dispatches)
DON'T ENVY OLYMPIA SNOWE. IN THE last two months, the Republican senator from Maine has been called to the White House for personal lobbying by the president and vice president, cornered by the House Ways and Means Committee chairman on the Senate...
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Small-Town Blues: Building Prisons Is Good Business-Just Not for Citizens. (Dispatches)
ON APRIL 17, ABOUT 50 RESIDENTS OF Encinal, Texas, drove across the railway tracks to the Veterans' Hall community center to debate whether the impoverished town should add a large, privately run U.S. Marshals Service prison to its meager list of possessions....
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Squandering Prosperity: George W. Bush Has the Worst Economic Record of Any President since Herbert Hoover. but Can the Democrats Exploit That at All?
ECONOMISTS ARE ADMITTING TO CONFUSION, ALWAYS A bad sign. The American economy has entered "a baffling twilight zone," writes Robert J. Samuelson. "People yearn for clarity and confidence, while the new stagnation provides mainly uncertainty and contradiction."...
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The Bush Bankruptcy Plan
We are used to politicians moderating their programs once in office. But George W. Bush has done the opposite, ratcheting up his plans to the applause of conservatives while much of the public still doesn't grasp the radical implications of what's...
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Will and Testament: What Iranian Filmmakers Are Showing the Wider World. (Film)
ABBAS KIAROSTAMI WAS PHILOSOPHICAL about the whole mess. U.S. officials had just denied the world-renowned filmmaker--and "axis of evil" Iranian citizen--a visa to attend last fall's New York Film Festival. "I certainly do not deserve an entry visa...
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W.'s Christian Nation: How Bush Promotes Religion and Erodes the Separation of Church and State
IN NOVEMBER OF 1992, SHORTLY AFTER BILL CLINTON WAS elected president, a telling controversy arose at a meeting of the Republican Governors Association. When a reporter asked the governors how their party could both satisfy the demands of Christian...
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