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. 14, No. 11, December

'60S for Sale: A New Let It Be and the Coming 40th Anniversary (!) of the Beatles' U.S. Invasion Will Bring Waves of Nostalgia. Too Bad; They Deserve Better
SINCE DECLARING THEMSELVES DEfunct more than 30 years ago, the Beatles have alternately receded and loomed as figures of cultural authority and musical influence. While their spirit has hovered over and coursed through reinventors as diverse as David...
Crime and Redemption: States Are Using Fiscal Scarcity to Find More Creative Approaches to Reducing Crime. the Most Notable Holdoit Is Attorney General John Ashcroft
BECAUSE THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE IS IN SESSION A MERE five months out of the year, serving as a Lone Star state representative is not the most time-consuming of jobs. It's hardly unusual, therefore, that Ray Allen, the Republican chairman of the House...
Europe Can Change a Man
IF, AT THE BOSTON "AMERICA Rocks the Vote" debate on Nov. 4, retired Gen. Wesley K. Clark looked a bit like Dieter from Saturday Night Live's "Sprockets" in his quasi-existential all-black ensemble, it may have been because the former supreme allied...
Gay Rites Movement: Conservative Episcopalians Huffing over the Consecration of Bishop Gene Robinson Are Standing on the Wrong Side of History-Their Own Church's
SUNDAY, NOV. 2 DAWNED SUNNY AND hot, more like late spring than mid-autumn. At St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington's posh Georgetown neighborhood, the open doors brought a welcome hit of air to women in sleeveless dresses, who drew shawls loosely...
Grassy Knoll, Chapter 847
NOV. 22 MARKS THE 40TH anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's tragic assassination in Dallas. Don't worry about marking your calendars, though; the networks are flooding the sweeps month with special after special exploiting the defining moment...
Judging Terry: The DNC's Terry McAuliffe Hasn't Been Mr. Popular, Especially since '02. but He's Quietly Been Assembling the Machinery for '04. His Rep-And a Lot More-Hinges on the Outcome
Terry McAuliffe doesn't know how to shut it off. The chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), says Democratic strategist Harold Ickes, "is a great salesman; he has this infectious optimism." Even in the face of abjectly awful election outcomes,...
Lawful Re-Entry: In Brooklyn, a Novel Program Is Reducing Recidivism and Finding Ex-Offenders Decent Jobs. the Real Surprise Is Who's Running It: A Social Worker Hired by the District Attorney's Office
ON AN AVERAGE DAY IN 2000, MORE THAN 10 PERCENT of all black American men in their 20s were either in prison or in jail. Most of them had very little schooling. About one in three black male high-school dropouts were behind bars. A black man reaching...
Loophole-Consolidation Program
We live in scary times. War and terrorism certainly top the list, but President Bush's tax and budget policies are pretty frightening, too. Yet apparently not everyone is as worried as I am. To illustrate, in early November the Republican majority...
No Resources, No Results: Kentucky Had Good Intentions in Releasing Some Nonviolent Offenders to Save Money. but the State Shortchanged Its Post-Release Programs, and an Opportunity Was Lost
In the early 1970s, America's prison population began a dramatic expansion that has continued, uninterrupted, ever since. By the year 2000, one in every 14 general-fund dollars spent by the states was being spent on incarceration. Vast high-security...
Reform Done Right: A Chicago Program Demonstrates the Logic of Preparing Prisoners for Life on the Outside
Christopher Mixen, 23, looks very much like a college student in baggy cargo jeans, clean white sneakers and an oversized navy sweatshirt. His blond hair is cropped close, and his sharp, blue eyes gaze out from behind wire-framed glasses. But clipped...
The -Ism That Failed: Neoconservatism Relies on a History in Which It Alone Won the Cold War. but That's Not What Happened. as Neocons Lead Us Deeper into Holy War, It's Time for a History Lesson
THE AFTERMATH OF THE IRAQ WAR WILL SURELY SEE U.S. foreign policy at the forefront of national debates for years to come. Conservatives will claim--as they have been claiming for months--that only they were sufficiently prescient about "the present...
The President's New Crusade
On Nov. 6, George W. Bush claimed the legacy of Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan in a speech setting out a "forward strategy" to extend freedom and democracy to the Islamic nations of the Middle East. Liberty, the president said,...
The Quiet Revolution: All Eyes Are on Iraq, but the Most Breathtaking Democratic Reforms in the Muslim World Are Happening in Turkey-With Islamists Leading the Way
IN A YEAR OF ENORMOUS GLOBAL turmoil, the most astonishing political revolution of all has been unfolding not in Iraq but next door in Turkey. The first hint of its depth came on March 1, when Turkey's parliament shocked the world by refusing to grant...
The Religious Wars
The outcome of the 2004 presidential election will depend partly on what happens in Iraq and to the U.S. economy between now and election day. But it will also turn on the religious wars--the intensifying battles over gay marriage, abortion, the use....
The Research Wars: Hard-Liners Gave Long Prison Sentences Credit for the Drop in Crime. They Were Mostly Wrong
Walking to my hotel through Amsterdam's deserted early morning streets, I felt a sharp poke in my back and heard an accented voice behind me. "Do you know what this is? It's a knife. Now, you are going to give me your money or else I will stab you,...
The Shawshank Succession: Maine Built a State-of-the-Art Prison to Replace the One Made Infamous in the Movies. It Filled Up Almost Overnight, but Many Inside Don't Belong There. Now the Question Is What to Do with Them
IN THE MID-1990S, WHEN THEN-GOV. ANGUS KING UNveiled an ambitious prison construction plan, the proposal had nothing to do with any "lock-'em-up" agenda. Maine had one of the lowest incarceration rates in the country, a tradition of moderation on law-and-order...
The Wrong Target: Democratic Candidates Obsessed with Bush's Deficits Are Missing a Free Shot at His Greatest Economic Vulnerability: The Lack of Jobs
"IF WE'RE GOING TO CREATE JOBS, THE first thing we have to do is make sure that George W. Bush loses his." John Kerry's refrain elicits raucous cheers wherever he goes, and it's echoed by the other Democratic presidential contenders. All share a similar...
Treatment with Teeth: A Judge Explains Why Drug Courts That Mandate and Supervise Treatment Are an Effective Middle Ground to Help Addicts Stay Clean and Reduce Crime
IN THE MOVIE TRAFFIC, THE RECENTLY APPOINTED federal drug czar, played by Michael Douglas, is returning with his advisers on an airplane after viewing an interdiction site on the Mexican border. He asks them to "think outside the box" for a moment....