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. 21, No. 4, May

An Unnatural Alliance: How Progressives Joined Energy Producers in Loving Natural Gas
In places like Ithaca, New York, green advocates might be fighting to keep natural-gas companies away, but in Washington, D.C., progressive leaders and national environmental groups are ready to fight for natural gas as a source of clean energy. ...
Change We Can Believe In
As activists confront the disappointments of the Obama era, a troubling sense of malaise and despair has crept into some parts of the progressive movement. This political state of mind is arguably even more of an obstacle to progress than the very...
Drill, Maybe Drill? Upstate New Yorkers Debate Whether Natural-Gas Drilling Is Their Ticket out of Economic Depression-Or a Serious Environmental Risk
Bruce Murray lives on an undulating 150-acre property forested with hardwoods and pines near Ithaca, New York. At 57, Murray, who runs a house-painting business, is bald with a blond-gray beard. He has a hunter's relationship with the land and tries...
From the Executive Editor
The first 15 months of the Obama administration have tested not only the president but the organizations and activists who built the progressive resurgence of the last decade. Those activists now struggle with the complex challenge of simultaneously...
Game Changer
The dysfunction of American democracy has become a standard bit of conventional wisdom. It's certainly true that a bias against government action is baked into our constitutional cake, with its checks, balances, and multiple veto points. It's also...
Ghost Stories: How Ghostwriting Went from Scandal-in-Waiting to Acceptable Political Reality
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In October 2007--the same month that Random House emerged from a four-day auction with a $9 million deal for Tony Blair's memoirs--Robert Harris published his sixth novel, The Ghost. It centers on a cynical, self-aware ghostwriter...
Give 'Em Hell, Barry: What Barack Obama Can Learn from Harry Truman's Inspired Use of Partisanship
When President Barack Obama took office, at a time of grave financial crisis and disgraced laissez-faire economics, many of us hoped that he would be the next Franklin D. Roosevelt. That hope, to put it mildly, has not materialized. In fairness to...
Hairdos and Don'ts: A Lawsuit Offers a Peek into the World of High-End D.C. Salons
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A politician's hair is, pardon the expression, an extension of her politics. When housewives across the country began imitating Sarah Palin's signature updo, it was seen as support for the self-styled populist. The New...
Has Michelle Obama Gone Too Far in Her Crusade against Childhood Obesity?
ADAM SERWER: Michelle Obama has launched a campaign against childhood obesity, which some critics say amounts to "fat shaming." But obviously she's not just saying that being overweight is bad, and I think a bit of pressure from the right people can...
In Search of Arrogance
It's starting to look like there's a pattern when a Democrat becomes president: The president's party starts with huge majorities in Congress. He puts forward an agenda, one that seems modest by progressive standards. Nonetheless, the agenda meets...
Lessons from the Health-Care Wars
On March 9, at least 5,000 protesters picketed outside the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Washington, D.C., where America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the powerful industry trade association, was holding its annual lobbying conference. About 50 public figures--including...
On the Outs
Spring is in the air! The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and politicians are coming out of the closet left and right. Or rather, they're being pushed out. Rep. Eric Massa of New York confessed that he groped and tickled a male staffer....
Organizing in the Obama Era: A Tea Party for Obama
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As a candidate for the White House, Barack Obama benefited from an unprecedented, broad-based, and passionate grass-roots mobilization. As president, Obama seems to have forsworn that very movement in favor of a strategy of...
Parody
"We're really close.... We're getting to a place where Democrats and Republicans both con get comfortable with this." --Sen. Bob Corker on forthcoming financial reform THE BIPARTISAN Comfortable Financial Reform of 2010 KEY PROVISIONS:...
The Obama Doctrine, Revisited: The Administration's Effort to Transform American Foreign Policy Has Been Much More Successful Abroad Than It Has Been at Home
Several weeks before President Barack Obama announced an escalation of the Afghanistan War at West Point, a group of journalists and think-tankers met for dinner at the Washington, D.C., embassy of a NATO ally to debate war strategy. Chatham House...
The Virtual University: The Demand for Higher Education Is Rapidly Eclipsing the Ability of Traditional Universities to Provide It. the Solution Lies Online
For most of the thousand years or so since it was invented, a university education was thought to be suited for only a tiny group--a ruling class or a subculture of scholars. Today, nine out of 10 American high school seniors say they want to go to...
Why Can't Labor Get a Little More Help from Its Friends?
We'll begin with some good news. In mid-February, 7,600 baggage handlers and ramp workers for Continental Airlines--painfully aware that they were the lowest-paid handlers in the industry and that their four previous attempts to unionize had all fallen...