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. 22, No. 7, September

A City Divided: September 11 Was Good for Washington, D.C.'S Economy, but the Expansion Has Not Helped Many on the Bottom
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] You don't have to look at the buildings or the people in Washington, D.C.'s historically black Petworth neighborhood to see that things have changed. Some say you just need to look at the dogs. "It used to be nothing but pit...
Bigger Pie, Fewer Pieces
Benjamin Orr and Martha Ross of the Brookings Institution discuss how the benefits of the economic boom have bypassed many longtime city residents. BENJAMIN ORR: Obviously, there's been quite a bit of economic activity and development in the District....
Extreme Measures: Since September 11, the Fourth Amendment Has Been Eroded in Ways We Do Not Even Know. the Scary Part Is That It's Going to Take Years to Undo the Damage
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] October 4, 2001 "Pretty soon, after it was realized that we weren't going to find any survivors, there were fewer and fewer people on the site. The rescue mission turned into a recovery mission--cleanup was handled by heavy-machinery...
Gay Rights and Polygamy
Last year, at the end of the first season of Sister Wives, a reality show about a polygamist family in Utah, Kody Brown took a fourth wife, Robyn. Rain threatened to cancel the religious ceremony. Meri, Brown's first wife and the only one to whom he...
Muslim and American: Living under the Shadow of 9/11
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] September 28, 2001 "After the rescue effort ended and the pace was less frantic, people would walk up the stairs of Two World Financial Center, which sits to the west of the Pile. This was one of the only places where one...
Old Frontier: Mad Men Has Provoked Nostalgia for the 1960s-The Pre-Counterculture 1960s
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Let's recap what happened on the just-concluded fifth season of AMC's MadMen. Ad exec Don Draper (Jon Hamm) blew his brains out after adding up the total number of women he'd slept with and realizing it topped the population...
Same as It Ever Was: American Culture Has Not Changed Radically in the Years since the Attacks-Certainly Not as Much as Many Predicted-And That May Speak Well of Us
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] September 28, 2001 "The exoskeleton of the south tower, which was taken apart piece by piece, stood on one side of what was a sort of valley. A few buildings on the perimeter--World Trade Center 5 (left) and the Deutsche...
Solidarity Squandered: The Attacks Brought Us Together until We Let Them Turn Us against Each Other-And Damn near Everyone Else
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On September 11, 2001, photographer Andrea Booher was on an assignment in Roosevelt, Utah, where the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had sent her to shoot an environmental mitigation project. Within an hour of the...
The 9/11 President: If the Attacks Hadn't Occurred, It's Impossible to Imagine Barack Obama Would Have Been Elected-But the Legacy of Those Attacks Continues to Burden His Presidency
September 13, 2001 "In the first days after the attack, there was little organization on 'the Pile,' as we came to call it. There weren't any rules or protocol. Before safety regulations restricted access to anyone bur emergency-response workers,...
The Global Patriot Act
From the end of World War II to the start of the "global war on terror," international law provided crucial support for the promotion of human rights around the world. But the response to the September 11 attacks has had a profound and little-appreciated...
The Lost Decade
2001 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 9/11/2001 Around 7:45 P.M., CBS news reporter Jim Axelrod refers to the World Trade Center site as "Ground Zero." [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 9/13/2001 The U.S. Department of Transportation reopens airspace...
The Remains of the Day
Ten years after the attacks on the twin towers and the Pentagon, the United States is in bad shape, but our problems have little to do with what al-Qaeda did to us. America's troubles stem from what the country has done to itself--or rather, from what...
The Ultimate Republican Threat
It is one of the anomalies of today's politics: The party that professes absolute fealty to the Constitution in its original form is also the most eager to change it. Exhibit A is the amendment pushed by Republicans to require a balanced budget every...
The Wages of War
The toll that September 11 and our responses to the attacks took on our freedoms, our sense of decency, and our spirit, however fleeting, of national solidarity, is steep--but not the stuff of graphs and charts. On this page, we tally the quantifiable:...