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 September

Affirming Opportunity
I have long argued a multiracial, national political coalition to press for public policies to address the common concerns of families of all racial and ethnic groups in an era of rising social inequality. But I believe just as firmly that an entirely...
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Bad Apples
Juliet Ellery is the Willie Horton of bad teachers--Tan extreme exception used to tarnish an entire institution, yet a mark of the system s imperfections just the same. As a veteran high school teacher in the Grossmont Union School District near San...
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Captive Labor: America's Prisoners as Corporate Workforce
Next to robots, corporate America can't imagine a better workforce than prison inmates: subminimum wages, no health benefits, no unions, no vacation, no absenteeism, no overtime. When most of us think of convicts at work, we picture them banging...
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Deregulation Run Riot
After winning control of Congress in November 1994, the Republican leadership, working closely with business lobbyists and policy groups, launched an ambitious effort to roll back a century of reform legislation--from the food and drug laws of the...
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Devil in the Details
STONE WAL-MARTING Preven, an emergency contraception kit approved by the FDA last September, is a designated prescription hormone sequence that prevents implantation of fertilized eggs into the uterine wall. But its success hinges on easy access--it...
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Games Prosecutors Play
The majority of prosecutors, police officers, and federal law enforcement agents are probably fair, ethical, and even compassionate public servants. But arrogance, righteousness, and a tendency to push people around are occupational hazards in law...
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George W.'s Compassion
Behind the grove of pecan trees and the iron gates, behind the whitewashed brick walls that surround the Texas governor's residence, a latticework of scaffolding, gangplanks, and ladders has risen around the fluted columns of the southern-style mansion....
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Portrait of the Artist as a Young Account Executive
Can art ever be truly free of the contaminating effect of money? Mark is a starving artist. He abandoned the world of material comfort, a well-stocked refrigerator, and dance lessons at the Scarsdale Jewish Community Center to live in a rat-infested...
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Solidarity Ever?
John Sweeney was elected president of the AFL-CIO in October 1995. Frustrated by labor's shrinking share of the workforce, and shocked by the Democratic Party's loss of the House of Representatives the previous November, Sweeney and his allies staged...
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Tax, Spend, and Thrive
In a new era of high growth and increasing budget surpluses, both parties seem stuck in a set of outmoded economic assumptions more appropriate to the conditions of the late 1980s than the late 1990s. The first of these has to do with the supposed...
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The Campus Anti-Sweatshop Movement
Each year of the past five, the annual survey of national freshman attitudes conducted by the University of California at Los Angeles has hit a new record low with students who say it is important to keep up with political affairs. At 26 percent this...
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The Diversity Defense
Lately, the news for defenders of race preferences has been almost invariably bad, both in the courts and at the polls. If patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel, is social science the last resort of a losing cause? We may not know the answer...
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Uneasy Preferences
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, IN RETROSPECT As solicitor general in the second Reagan administration, I led the charge in the Supreme Court against government-imposed racial preferences. I did it with conviction and enthusiasm. And in those years and the...
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Voting Rights in Jeopardy
A rumor has been coursing through the Internet and black talk-radio shows: Congress will disenfranchise black Americans when it reconsiders the 1965 Voting Rights Act--which it must do by no later than 2007. The Congressional Black Caucus has fielded...
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What the Gun Control Movement Can Learn from the Anti-Tobacco Campaign
The street told the dealer he needed some guns to replace one he had lost the previous Saturday. The dealer was sympathetic. Were you caught with the gun? he wanted to know. No, the man said. He had run and hadn't been caught, but along the way he...
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