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. 6, June

Backlash against Bottled Water
THE WORLDWIDE DEMAND FOR WATER is doubling every 20 years. By 2025, two-thirds of all people may be facing severe water shortages. Concurrently, the bottled-water market has been exploding in North America. Today, close to one-fifth of the population...
Battle of the Budget Slide Shows
"SAVING OUR FUTURE REQUIRES TOUGH CHOICES today" may be a banal sentiment, but it's not an easy one to challenge. That is the headline on the "Fiscal Wake-Up Tour," a slide show created by David M. Walker, formerly head of the Government Accountability...
Can Identity Politics Save the Right? Fresh out of Other Options, the Republican Party's Bid to Regain Power Is Likely to Come in the Form of a Pander to "Real Americans."
There are two points at which a political party or an ideological faction can find its voice and begin to claim power. One, of course, is when it is at the height of confidence and electoral success, like Ronald Reagan's conservatives in 1981. The...
Changing Water Policies in the Dry Southwest: Smart Water Use and a Shift in Water Culture Form a Winning Strategy
Water is taught by thirst.--EMILY DICKINSON MOST OF US IN THIS COUNTRY haven't had to think about water very much. We turn on the tap, and out it comes, clean and cheap. What more do we need to know? Or so we thought. Then last year there was...
Facing Up to Freshwater Pollution: We Are at a Turning Point as Momentous as the 1970s, When the Clean Water Act Was Enacted
THE STATE OF FRESHWATER IN THE United States resembles A Tale of Two Cities. It is the best of times in that, in the latter portion of the 20th century, we reversed the general disregard for water bodies. Our nation rallied in the face of flammable...
How Big Government Got Its Groove Back: The New Democrats' Intellectual Architect Argues That Today's Economy Requires an Expanded Role for Government
In 1996, President Bill Clinton proclaimed that the era of big government was over. It is now clear that the era of the end of big government is over. The post-World War II social contract--an expanding public safety net, provision of health care...
Memo
"No fewer than four McCain staffers and advisers mentioned as a possible vice-presidential pick the 36-year-old Louisiana governor, Bobby Jindal. They're tempted by the idea of picking someone so young .... It might also be a way to confront the issue...
Modern Pressures on a Prized Ecosystem: Dams and Development Threaten Bountiful Supplies of Fish in Cambodia, the World's Largest Inland Fishery
CLAUSTROPHOBES BEWARE--EVERY October or November, millions of Cambodians jam into their capital city, Phnom Penh, for a riotous three-day water festival, clogging the riverside boulevard that runs in front of the royal palace. Although Bon Om Touk...
Offshoring Silicon Valley: American Computer Software Engineers Go the Way of Factory Workers
In The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker, Steven Greenhouse, the veteran New York Times labor writer, provides a panoramic picture of American workers struggling with an economic order that demands more of them while offering them less--less...
Pedal Pusher
THIS SPRING, AS THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES were busy arguing over the advisability of lifting the gas tax for the summer months, I bought a bike. It was something I had been meaning to do since I first moved from Rhode Island to Washington, D.C.,...
The Logic of the Low Road
I WAS ON TELEVISION RECENTLY, DEBATING A CONSERVATIVE. It's something I do fairly often. During a commercial break, the producer spoke into my earpiece. bit more energy," he said. "What do you mean?" I answered, slightly hurt. I thought I'd been...
The Missing Piece: A Water Ethic: We Must Make the Protection of Freshwater Ecosystems a Central Goal in All That We Do
NOW FOR THE MILLION-DOLLAR questions: Why has so much of modern water management gone awry? Why is it that ever greater amounts of money and ever more sophisticated engineering have not solved the world's water problems? Why, in so many places on this...
The Officers' War: The Case of Iraq War Opponent Lt. Ehren Watada Reveals the Toll the War Has Taken on Career Military Personnel
For a junior Army officer named Ehren Watada, the road to Damascus was a two-lane street called Firing Center Road, which cuts through cow pastures in Yakima County, Washington. The air is bone dry, heavy with the smell of sagebrush, and the climate...
The Perils of Privatization: The Conflict between Multinational Corporations' Quest for Profits and the Simple Human Right to Clean, Safe Water
IF ADEQUATE WATER FOR DRINKING and sanitation is essential for life, shouldn't we consider water a human right? Not everyone thinks so. In February, the United Nations Human Rights Council missed a critical opportunity to recognize a human right to...
The Trade Debate We Need
AN ANXIETY BORDERING ON PANIC IS UNNERVING America's economic elites as political support for "free trade" dwindles, along with declining earnings. While mainstream economists have long contended that trade had minimal effects on wages, prestigious...
This Old Medium: The New Museum of Journalism Only Serves to Highlight How the Industry Has Failed to Fully Adapt to the Digital Age
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN HIS 2004 BOOK, THE VANISHING Newspaper, Philip Meyer predicts that the very last copy of the very last daily paper will be sold in the year 2043. The architects of the Newseum, D.C.'s newly reopened museum of journalism,...
Water Wisdom: A Conversation with Water Expert Peter H. Gleick on Today's Crisis, and a Vision for Tomorrow's Sustainability
Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security, where he is president and co-founder. A MacArthur Fellowship award winner for his work on water issues, Dr. Gleick has been a practitioner in the field for some 20 years. His...
Where Has All the Water Gone? the World's Water Crisis Poses Grave Threats to Our Survival. Can We Change Course?
THREE SCENARIOS COLLUDE TOWARD disaster. Scenario one: The world is running out of freshwater. It is not just a question of finding the money to hook up the 2 billion people living in water-stressed regions of our world. Humanity is polluting, diverting,...