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. 11, No. 1, November 23

A Blight on the Burbs
Like many big cities, Houston is forever losing population, tax revenue, and private investment to the suburbs. Luckily the state of Texas has just the urban renewal program to stem the tide: Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones (TIRZs). Under the TIRZ...
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ALLY McBEAL'S YOUNGER SISTERS
On the premiere of Wasteland, ABC's new prime-time soap by the creator of the WB Network's Dawson's Creek and the film Scream, 26-year-old Dawnie theorizes that her generation is experiencing a second coming of age" in which twenty- and thirty-somethings...
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America's Parliamentary Election
The 2000 presidential election, we've all heard, is "front loaded" because early primaries are likely to decide the nominations, and candidates consequently have had to accumulate money and support long in advance. But this past year, the race became...
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Among the Libertarians
Libertarians love contracts almost as much as they love liberty. So when I signed up for the Cato Institute's "Cato University" this summer, I knew I could expect challenging lectures, expensive catering, and plenty of golf--just as promised. But once...
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Brighter Prospects
A decade ago, in year nine of the Reagan-Bush era, Paul Starr, Robert Reich, and I founded a new liberal journal. The Prospect began as a quarterly, with 2,700 subscribers. Longtime readers may notice a few changes in this, our 47th issue, the first...
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But Is It Journalism?
The Internet has changed commerce more than it has changed anything else, but it is having its effects on journalism too. At first the predictions of its likely impact on the news business were either mindlessly rosy--limitless information on all subjects...
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Coming of Age
Addressing the National Industrial Conference Board in 1952, Mutual Life Insurance Company Vice President H.G. Kenagy urged America's major corporations to begin preparing employees for retirement at age 50. Representing a pension industry hungry to...
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Correspondence
SMOKING GUNS TO THE EDITORS: I was pleased to see David C. Anderson's article on the growing number of lawsuits by local governments against the gun industry--and how that litigation may force changes in the practices of gun manufacturers and...
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Crazy Haley
Call him Crazy Haley. With his smiling face splashed across a full-page newspaper ad in USA TODAY, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Haley Barbour was radiating all the grace and savoir faire of a roadside used-car salesman. This was back...
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EL Gobernador
GEORGE W. BUSH AND THE HISPANIC VOTE In early October, exactly one month before the 1998 general election, Texas gubernatorial candidate Garry Mauro boarded a Southwest Airlines flight from El Paso to Austin and took a seat at the back of the cabin....
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Just Don't Drink the Water
To help burnish his environmental profile, George W. Bush is now peddling George W. Bush for President Bottled Water on his campaign Web site. For $18 you can order a dozen 16-ounce bottles of crisp, clear George W. But do you really want to buy...
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Marketwatch
It's a familiar story: this summer, two more professional athletic teams sold stadium-naming rights to publicity-hungry corporations. For a cool $80 million, the Nashville Predators--an expansion team in the National Hockey League--agreed to name their...
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More Liberal Than You Thought
WHY BOTH BRADLEY AND GORE ARE GOING LEFT Bill Bradley wants to require the registration of all handguns. Al Gore says that all handgun owners should be required to obtain a license. Bradley wants to prohibit police departments from using "racial...
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Reform Party Follies
In the summer of 1998, Jesse Ventura, who was running for governor of Minnesota on the Reform Party ticket, wanted to obtain a loan from the party's national headquarters to pay for political advertising, but he couldn't get the national organization...
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The Bush Court
BE AFRAID. BE VERY AFRAID. Four of the nine justices currently on the Supreme Court are at least 65 years old. Chief Justice William Rehnquist, the last of the Nixon appointees, is 75. Justice John Paul Stevens, a Ford appointee, is 79. Justice...
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The Loner
During the first eight months of 1999, Garry Wills completed A Necessary Evil, a sweeping history of antigovernment thought and practice in the United States. He also published a short, precisely argued biography of Saint Augustine; a lovely historical...
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The New Power
It seemed appropriate to begin my series of modest screeds with a short pre-millennial analysis of where power is moving to in America. Here's who's losing it: Giant corporations and their CEOs. They've made money in the current expansion, but...
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The NEXT TEST in KOSOVO
United Nations officials peer intently at the Albanian woman, who shifts uncomfortably in her seat. Then come the questions. What, asks one official, "are human rights?--The woman responds quickly: the right to work, freedom of religion, the right...
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The Politics of Sanctimony
George W. Bush and God Himself are on notice: "The Democratic Party is going to take back God this time," Gore operative Elaine Kamarck announced a few months ago as the vice president made his play for the Almighty. He declared his disdain for "hollow...
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The Voucher Seduction
Voucher are no longer just for Milton Friedman types. They're being marketed to minorities and the poor. Late this summer, just as Texas Governor George W. Bush was beginning to convince a lot of people around the country that his state's public...
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Waiting for Lefty
From where I was sitting at a recent dinner honoring Warren Beatty, hosted by Americans for Democratic Action in southern California, I couldn't see Courtney Love, who was certainly among the youngest of the several dozen celebrities who turned out...
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Why Bush Won't Be Nominated
Last year my, wife and I were at a dinner party at which all the asked to handicap the coming presidential election. It soon became apparent we were the only Democrats present; the other guests were not merely Republicans, but wealthy Republican donors...
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