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. 17, No. 3, March

Ashes of ACT: After Defeat in 2004, Progressive Turnout Groups Mount the Horse Again
IN THE SUMMER OF 2005, THE Director of the largest voter-mobilization organization that progressives have ever seen, sent e-mails out to most of its 30 staffers warning them that their paychecks would be cut off by the end of August. America Coming...
Beyond Repair
I AM STRUGGLING WITH A MORAL AND INTELLECTUAL dilemma. I am a progressive, African American academic committed to battling racial inequality and I do not want my public voice deployed against struggling communities. So I have been reluctant to admit...
Bush vs. Constitution
REPEATEDLY THROUGH OUR HISTORY, THE LIBERTIES guaranteed by the Constitution have been threatened in war by an overreacting government and then reaffirmed in peace by calmer leadership. The Mien and Sedition Acts of 1798, Lincoln's suspension of habeas...
Dwight and Left: The Centenary of Dwight Macdonald's Birth Should Inspire More Americans to Read Their Most Crotchety, Snobby, and Brilliant Critic
IN 1958, WRITING IN THE JESUIT weekly America, the historian John Lukacs speculated whether Dwight Macdonald might become "The American Orwell." Noting that Macdonald's American "reputation is rising," Lukacs wrote that he was already known among British...
If Washington Blows Up: Think the Unthinkable: It's 2009, and Our Government Is Decapitated in a Terrorist Attack. Who Will Become Speaker? Who'll Sit on the Supreme Court? and as for the Presidency ... Herewith, an Immodest Proposal to Prepare for a Day We Hope Will Never Come
NOVEMBER 2009: AFTER A HARD-FOUGHT victory the year before, the new Democratic administration has come out of the starting gates in good shape. With the airwaves full of brave talk of new initiatives, there is real hope of a new beginning. Then the...
Marital Blitz: This November, Anti-Gay-Marriage Bills Will Be Back on Ballots with a Vengeance. but This Time around, the Gay and Lesbian Activist Network Is Ready to Play Hardball
DO YOU REMEMBER THE FALL 2004, GAY-BASHING festival? In 13 states, voters agreed to add to their constitutions a phrase like this one: "Marriage is between one man and one woman." The gay-bashing came afterward, when Democrats and liberal pundits declared...
Meet the New Boss: Earmarks, Schmearmarks: John Boehner Begins an Era of Faux Reform
"WHAT, IS KATHERINE HARRIS counting the ballots in there?" Several journalists shot out the same joke after flak emerged from the closed-door House Republican conference meeting, which was held to announce that more ballots than actual voters had been...
Persian Cat-Astrophe: The Shocking Looniness of the Regime-Change Advocates of the Right
THE ATMOSPHERE ON THE MORNING of Monday, January 23, was more of a bad dream than a press conference. I was in a small room in the basement of the U.S. Capitol; sitting directly behind me amid the rows of cheap folding chairs was a young man from the...
Prescription for Leadership: Can the Democrats Take Advantage of a Huge Republican Failure?
SEEMINGLY, DIVINE PROVIDENCE has delivered the Democrats the perfect issue for 2006--the epic Medicare prescription-drug screwup. Far from being an abstract (if grave) public issue like nuclear non-proliferation, this one hits up close and personal....
The Italian Job: If Anything, a Visit to Rome Only Deepens the Niger Forgeries Mystery
ROME-- IN THIS ANCIENT CITY, JUST AS IN Washington, the origins of the infamous Niger yellowcake forgeries--the documents purporting to prove that Iraq was contracting to purchase vast quantities of uranium and cited by George W. Bush in his 2003...
The Limits of Limits
OUR LONG NATIONAL NIGHTMARE HAS JUST BEGUN. There is now little doubt that the next three years will bring one revelation after another about the magnitude of congressional corruption. Democrats will relish this prospect, and "reform" will be an inevitable...
Wage War: A Red-State Wedge Issue, but for the Progressive Side: The Minimum Wage
BOB SCHWARTZ IS OUT TO RAISE Arizona's minimum wage. Or, more accurately, he's trying to create one, since the state has no minimum wage of its own and relies instead on the federal standard, which has been stuck at $5.15 since 1997. Last summer the...
Welfare Redux: Back in 1996, We Were Pessimistic about Reform. We Were Wrong. but New Rules Just Pushed through May Confirm Our Worst Fears
WHEN WELFARE REFORM PASSED IN 1996, critics (including all of us) feared a substantial increase in material hardship among single mothers and their children. We were wrong. Six years ago, after reviewing dozens of government surveys, two of us wrote...
White House Strategy Leak
THE FOLLOWING IS THE TRANSCRIPT OF A RECENT White House meeting of Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Karl Rove. The Justice Department is probing this leak....
With a Little Help from His Friends: Rick Santorum, the Senate GOP's New Point Man on Ethics, Wrote "It Takes a Family" as Counterpoint to It Takes a Village. but a Review of His PAC Expenditures-And a Probe into His, Ah, Interesting Mortgage-Show That in His Case, It Takes a Few Hundred Thousand Dollars from Lobbyists
THE ESTATES AT SHENSTONE FARM SPRAWL OVER 500 ACRES of steeply rolling, barren hillside, at the point where northern Virginia's traffic-clogged suburbs finally surrender to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. On an unseasonably warm January...