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. 1, January-February

A Conversation with Doris Kearns Goodwin: Great Presidents Build Support for Transformative Change. What Can the Next President Do to Revive a Sense of Common Purpose?
Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of several distinguished works on the great progressive presidents, including Team of Rivals, on Lincoln and his Cabinet; No Ordinary Time, on Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and World...
Color, Values, America: One Key Task of the Next President Is to Restore a Nation of Laws and of Rights, Rooted Deeply in Values. This Effort Must Appeal to All Americans and Transcend Race-But Cannot Ignore Race
To unite us in pursuing the ambitious agenda demanded by the times, the next president must ground bold initiatives in a compelling vision of community, from neighborhood to globe. If successful, that vision will not resemble some blueprint for policy-plumbing....
Cool Warriors
ACCORDING TO A WIDELY HELD THEORY OF AMERICAN politics, Democrats and liberals are doomed whenever foreign policy and national security are the primary concerns of voters. After all, Bill Clinton--the only two-term Democratic president since Franklin...
Financing the Common Good: After Three Decades of Government Starvation of Necessary Resources, the Next President Needs to Champion Progressive Taxation with the Proceeds Invested in Social Outlays That Make for a More Productive Economy
Those of us who want to reverse America's most troubling trends--widening inequality, increasing poverty, global warming, and a world grown increasingly unfriendly, to name a few--cannot simply rely on election victories. A Democrat moving into the...
Good Jobs in a Global Economy: The Next President Can Change Our Trade and Labor Policies to Rebuild the American Middle Class
If America is to redeem its status as the great middle-class nation, the next president will need to transform how we address the interlinked areas of labor and foreign trade. Laissez-faire trade is advertised as a policy that serves the general interest,...
Healing Our Self-Inflicted Wounds: How the Next President Can Restore the Rule of Law to U.S. Foreign Policy-And Rebuild American Credibility and Power
There's a remarkable paradox in the relationship today between the United States and the rest of the world. Despite economic and military assets unparalleled in history, U.S. global influence and standing have hit rock bottom. As an economic superpower,...
Leaving "No Child Left Behind" Behind: Our No. 1 Education Program Is Incoherent, Unworkable, and Doomed. but the Next President Still Can Have a Huge Impact on Improving American Schooling
The next president has a unique opportunity to start from scratch in education policy, without the deadweight of a failed, inherited No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. The new president and Congress can recapture the "small d" democratic mantle by restoring...
Pronouncing Our Own Doom
ONE FINE DAY, A CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT MAY say the country's goal should be to have only the world's second-highest prison rate, and let Russia or China be No. 1. In terms of incarceration, the U.S. leads the world. The U.S. has a prison rate of 750...
Reparations Anxiety
LIKE SO MANY PAINFUL ISSUES OF RACE AND CLASS, the argument over slavery reparations hovers just beneath the surface of our everyday political consciousness, always ready to burst forth. Support for reparations wasn't always seen as radical. Back in...
The Democrats' Strategic Challenge: If the Democrats Win the Election, Can the Next President and Congress Make Significant Progress toward Realizing Liberal Aspirations? Here's How-A Road Map for the Start of a New America
We may be on the verge of one of those moments when the underlying currents in American polities change directions. The conservative agenda is exhausted, public opinion has unmistakably swung away from the right, and although there are no guarantees...
The Long and the Short
THIS MONTH, THE PROSPECT GOES BOTH LONG AND short. In the print magazine, we address what the Democrats, if they win both the White House and Congress next year, should do about the profound, long-term challenges confronting America. Online, we are...
This Will Mean the World to Us: How the Next President Can Get America to Stop Dragging Its Feet, Confront Global Warming, and Save the Planet
Is it any wonder that progress on global climate change has been so slow? As the University of Washington ethicist Stephen Gardiner has recently argued, nothing in human experience has prepared us to deal with a problem that has such far-flung causes...
What's out, What's in, in Washington 2008!
What's OUT, What's IN, in Washington 2008! OUT: Specs with no rims. What IN: Specs-free look. Washington do Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld, won't be making passes at men Dick Cheney, and Larry Craig have who wear glasses. Special specless in...
What to Really Do about Immigration: Half a Million Mexicans Will Cross the Border Annually for the Next 15 Years. Here's a Plan to Enable Them to Stay Home
The backlash against illegal immigration--which looks like the Republicans only hope for a wedge issue in next November s election--is largely aimed at Latinos, of whom the vast majority are Mexicans. In fact almost 60 percent of all undocumented workers...
Why 2009 Is the Year for Universal Health Care: It's Not 1994 All over Again. the Next President Can Get the Reforms That Harry Truman and Bill Clinton Couldn't
In the best of circumstances, presidential libraries are a strange combination of leftover campaign literature and newfound architectural ambition. Even so, the Clinton Presidential Library, in Little Rock, Arkansas, is notable for approaching its...