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. 18, October 22

Another Wolf at the Door
Worldwide oil production is about to peak, and a Mideast conflict could disrupt supply. Why aren't we preparing now? GLOBAL OIL PRODUCTION WILL PROBABLY REACH a peak sometime during this decade. After the peak, the world's production of crude oil...
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A War Economy
... But without the Usual Wartime Stimulus? IN A WAR ECONOMY, THE PUBLIC obligation is to do what is necessary: to support the military effort, to protect and defend the home territory, to stabilize the economy itself, and, especially, to maintain...
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Collective Security
The Bush administration would be wise to work through the UN Security Council abroad and respect civil liberty at home. THE TRAGIC AND UNBEARABLE EVENTS OF September 21 have united Americans and much of the world as they have not been united for...
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Correspondence
Fiscal Irresponsibility THREE CHEERS FOR ROBERT B. Reich's "Fiscal Irresponsibility" and its portrayal of Democrats in disarray [August 27, 2001]. I hope TAP will begin the movement in progressive circles to repeal the Bush tax cut. And there's...
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Cut-Rate Security
How the Airlines Privatized the Nation's Safety SHE IS 19 YEARS OLD. SHE STILL lives with her mother. She is paid $9.24 per hour for her job at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Terminal Seven, where she is America's principal line of defense...
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Dim Intelligence
What Did We Get for All That Money? IF THERE IS A SINGLE MAJOR INtelligence failure to have emerged from the rubble of the twin towers, it is America's inability over the better part of a decade to track down and eliminate Osama bin Laden, who has...
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Excusing Terror
The Politics of Ideological Apology EVEN BEFORE SEPTEMBER 11, hardly anyone was advocating terrorism--not even those who regularly practice and support it. The practice is indefensible now that it has been recognized, like rape or murder, as an...
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Follow the Money Laundering
PUBLIC SAFETY AND national security may be the fashion of the moment, but when measured against such cosmic absolutes as the right of banks to avoid oversight, they're really not all that serious, are they? That seems to be the position of Republican...
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Gen. Greenspan's Timid March
WE'RE NOT IN A WAR economy yet. We're in an economy that's just plain sinking. What to do? Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan has told Congress to "wait and see" what happens before enacting a stimulus package lest it create inflationary fantasies...
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Life and Liberty
JUST HOW GOOD IS AMERICAN Liberalism's inner ear? Defending an open society in the wake of September's attacks demands that we strike the right balance between security and liberty, between the first of the Declaration of Independence's inalienable...
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Public Heroes
Even the Right Suddenly Appreciates Government THERE IS NO SILVER LINING to the cloud of horror that descended on America September 11. Many are engaged in burying the dead and tending to the survivors or facing the awesome responsibility of satisfying...
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Safety and Freedom
OF ALL THE LAME EXCUSES offered for the failures of U.S. intelligence and security that facilitated the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the most disingenuous was the repeated claim that antiterrorism efforts have been restrained...
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Terror and Liberalism
The antiliberal movements of the past century have had diverse enemies but a common hatred of an open and pluralist society. THE PRESENT WAR, IF THAT IS THE CORRECT WORD, may very well be, as President Bush has observed, a war of a new kind--the...
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Terror TV
THE TELEVISION MOMENTS that can even begin to compare are few: On November 24, 1963, Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald in front of 20 million television viewers--more than 20 percent of the United States population at the time. On January 28, 1986,...
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The Children Are Watching Us
SET AMONG THE BLEAK ROW houses of Depression-era Liverpool, Stephen Frears's new film, Liam, is yet another sepiatinted tale of a cute, dimpled Catholic boy (played here by Anthony Burrows) whose diet consists mostly of bread, potatoes, and interminable...
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The Law from A to The
IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS that count. While some privacy advocates cry foul over the section in Attorney General John Ashcroft's draft antiterrorism bill that extends certain wiretapping provisions to the Internet, an equally ominous challenge to civil...
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The New Twilight Struggle
Old Echoes of Vietnam in a New War against Terror IT WAS NOT ABOUT US; IT WAS ABOUT THEM. THAT IS THE first thing to understand about the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Many motives may have figured in the minds...
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The Persistence of Politics
THE FIRST CASUALTY OF WAR is said to be truth, but more precisely the casualty is complexity. In war, there are Evil and Good, Enemies and Allies, a Them and an Us, conveniently spelled U.S. George Bush declared: "Either you are with us or you are...
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The War We Should Fight
LET THERE BE NO DOUBT THAT America is justified in going to war against what President Bush describes as terrorism of "global reach." After September 11, we have to assume that any group willing to kill thousands of people in the World Trade Center's...
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Time for Another Tax Cut?
AS THE COUNTRY GEARS UP FOR AN INTENSIFIED battle against terrorism and the economy slips into recession, almost everyone in Washington is looking for ways to provide as much economic stimulus as possible while still preserving long-term fiscal responsibility....
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