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. 19, No. 4, April

A Headache for Workers
AS A LIFELONG MIGRAINE SUFFERER, I'M USED TO hearing comments denigrating the seriousness of the condition, as if the debilitating, chronic headaches endured by 28 million Americans (most of us women) were merely the result of hypochondria, or an excuse...
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High Stakes
BARBARA DREYFUSS' article "Politicians Bet the Farm" [March 2008] hits the important points on the problems with the rise in gambling. Managing a regional economy is like filling a bathtub with the drain open. To grow, more dollars have to pour...
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Is the Game about to Stop?
THE PROBABILITY OF ANOTHER GREAT DEPRESSION is no higher than 20 percent, but that's too high for comfort. American consumers don't have the buying power they need to absorb the goods and services the U.S. economy is capable of producing. This is likely...
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New President, New Crisis
WHETHER THE NEXT PRESIDENT IS NAMED CLINTON, Obama, or McCain, the new chief executive will face an economic challenge unlike any since 1933. The new president will need to reject an entire failed paradigm of how the economy works and of government's...
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No Art for Oil: It's Sadly Ironic That a Work of Art Designed to Critique the Commercialization of Art and Nature Is Threatened by Oil Exploration in the Great Salt Lake
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN 1970, ARTIST ROBERT SMITHSON rejected the gleaming white gallery spaces and"canonieal" minimalism of the New York art scene in search of an entirely different setting for his sculpture. After several exploratory trips,...
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Obama-Ism without Obama
WHETHER HE BECOMES PRESIDENT THIS YEAR, sometime in the future, or never, Barack Obama will surely stand as a distinctive and surprising figure in our political history. Yet as the lens pulls back, individuals who at first seem uniquely transformative...
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Populism Rising: Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton May Be Neophyte Class Warriors, but Their Populism Is More Than Just Rhetorical-And Must Be, If the Democrats Are to Win the Election and Govern Successfully
"The oil companies, the predatory student loan companies, the insurance companies, and the drug companies have had seven years of a president who stands up for them. I intend to be a president who stands up for all of you." The last ad of the late...
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The Bad Old Days
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] NOSTALGIA HAS ITS PURPOSES, BUT WHAT ON EARTH were the organizers of demonstrations being planned for this summer--s national political conventions thinking when they named their group "Re-Create '68?" Bemoaning the "apathy...
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The Next President and the Middle East: Some Policy Pointers: Get out of Iraq. Work with (Some) Islamists. Create the Palestinian State. Thereby, Undercut Al-Qaeda
Listen carefully when a new president is inaugurated next January for the sigh of relief coming from most of those Middle Easterners whom President Bush embraced as allies. Conversely, Bush's rivals in the region are likely to tune in to the occasion...
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The Obama Doctrine: Barack Obama Is Offering the Most Sweeping Liberal Foreign-Policy Critique We've Heard from a Serious Presidential Contender in Decades. but Will Voters Buy It?
When Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama met in California for the Jan. 31 debate, their back-and-forth resembled their many previous encounters, with the Democratic presidential hopefuls scrambling for the small policy yardage between them....
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The Republican War on Voting: Inside the GOP's Vote-Suppression Playbook, 2001-2008
One week before the close of voter registration in Kentucky last fall, in an election that culminated with the victory of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Beshear, Johanna Sharrard, a fresh-faced 26-year-old national organizer for the low-income...
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