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. 1, January

All the President's Friends: Miller's Gone, and Woodward Is (Voila!) Forgiven. and the Editors of Our Leading Newspapers Are Clueless about the Respect They've Lost
"LIKE MOST PEOPLE AT THE TIMES," New York Times executive editor Bill Keller told a Princeton gathering on November 14, "I am suffering from a serious case of Judy Miller fatigue." Aren't we all? But before we succumb, a deeper look would be timely....
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Calendar Whirl: New Hampshire Loses Pride of Place. but What Will Change Accomplish?
THEY MAY BE A BIT RUSTY AT WINNING presidential elections, but Democrats haven't lost an ounce of their storied devotion to mucking with party procedures. On December 10, assorted party bigwigs assembled in a cavernous ballroom at the Hyatt Regency...
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Campaigns Are Destiny
AS GEORGE W. BUSH GROWS ACCUSTOMED TO JOB approval ratings in the middle 30's, the number of explanations for his travails seems to increase by the day. In this case it's not success, but failure that has a thousand fathers: the bungling of Katrina,...
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Cant and Recant: Milton Friedman's Latest Research on the Federal Reserve Challenges Key Assumptions of a Very Prominent Economist: Milton Friedman
MORE THAN ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL, MILTON Friedman was the intellectual inspiration of the conservative counterrevolution against activist government as an engine of economic efficiency and social justice. In his scholarly work contending that government...
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It's What We Do: The Administration Says the Terrorists Hate Us for Who We Are. but That Isn't What the Terrorists Say-Or What the Record Shows
GEORGE W. BUSH, IN HIS GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR, has specifically avoided the clash of civilizations hypothesis, holding that the United States is not waging a war against the religion of Islam. However, the president has backed into the hypothesis by...
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Miller's Tale: How One Effective and Largely Unsung Congressman Beat the President
IN A YEAR MARKED BY DEMOCRATS' increasingly audacious push-back against Republicans, one move stood out for its legislative moxie and for the very public defeat it dealt the president. Nine days after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf, George W....
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Mind the Gap: Democrats' Policy Disputes on Iraq Are Tiny. Political Disputes Are Not
IT TAKES A UNIQUE SORT OF ADMINISTRATION to decide that the reason its almost three-year-old war shows no signs of concluding successfully is that the president hasn't given enough speeches yet. But on the morning of November 30, the commander-in-chief...
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Property Wrongs: In Kelo's Wake, a Raft of Anti-Regulatory Initiatives from the Right
ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT Supreme Court rulings of the last few years was not about church-state issues, affirmative action, or even the war on terrorism. It was about real estate--15 houses located in a forlorn part of southeastern Connecticut called...
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Reality Play: Steven Soderbergh's Bubble Violates Every Commercial Code by Focusing Its Lens on the Crisis Facing Workers in Rustbelt America
"WE ARE NOT CONCERNED WITH the very poor," wrote E.M. Forster in a famous passage from Howards End. "They are unthinkable, and only to be approached by the statistician or the poet. This story deals with gentlefolk, or with those who are obliged to...
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Security for Sale: The Department of Homeland Security Has a Section on Its Web Site Labeled "Open for Business." It Certainly Is
AMID THE POLITICAL AND CULTURAL UPHEAVAL that followed the September 11 terror attacks, Americans were warned repeatedly that everything would be different because a vulnerable nation could no longer afford to remain complacent, careless, and profligate....
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Slightly Un-Orthodox: Silent No Longer: Religious Gay Men and Lesbians Start Speaking Out
TOVA ROSENBERG (NOT HER REAL name) lives in Rosh Pina, a little hippie town in the Galilee region of Israel that overlooks the Hula Valley. She is pretty in an unadorned way--her long red hair is cut in a blunt straight style, her glasses are wire...
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Starting Over
IN HIS STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS IN JANUARY, George W. Bush is widely expected to try to relaunch his presidency. That he needs a new start is a reflection of just how badly his second term has gone, even in the eyes of conservatives. His domestic...
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Tax Breakup: Conservative Think-Tankers Face an Unexpected Opponent: Employers
EMPLOYERS FACE NEW OPPOSITION in their efforts to rein in healthcare spending, and it's not coming from the employees whom they are forcing to foot more of the bill. Instead, employers are at odds with their allies in the conservative think-tank world,...
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The Arsonist: In His First Six Months at the UN, John Bolton Has Offended Allies, Blocked Crucial Negotiations, Undermined the Secretary of State-And Harmed U.S. Interests. We Expected Bad; We Didn't Expect This Bad
THERE IS AN EXCELLENT COFFEE SHOP IN THE basement of the United Nations building in New York. The espresso is served bitter and strong, Italian style. Sandwiches can be bought on hard French baguettes, and the pastries are always fresh. Whenever a...
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The Other Bryan: William Jennings Bryan, Reactionary Boob? That's One Story. but There Is Much Else to Admire-And Emulate
IMAGINE THE IDEAL DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE FOR PRESIDENT. He's twice won election in Nebraska, one of the reddest of states, and is just as popular across the South and Midwest. He's a charismatic, energetic orator. He's also a stalwart progressive who has...
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When Liberals Must Conserve
"WE NEED A MESSAGE." "WE NEED A PHILOSOPHY." "We need a simple statement of what we believe, just like the right has." No meeting of progressives lasts long before these sentiments are expressed. Sometimes a committee will be assigned to frame the...
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Why WWI?
THE MOMENT IT DAWNED ON ME THAT THERE might be something to this Internet fad, I remember, was on a day in 1998 when I thought to run an eBay search with the word, "Ypres." Within seconds I was awash in artifacts--aerial photographs, vases made from...
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