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. 11, No. 19, August 28

Adding Values
FOR DEMOCRATS TO SOLIDIFY THEIR POLITICAL POWER IN THE POST-CLINTON ERA, THEY NEED TO TALK ABOUT MORE THAN THE ECONOMY. THEY NEED TO PROMOTE FAMILY-CENTERED VALUES. Isn't there something puzzling about our current political debate? With a popular...
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A Fox in Sheep's Clothing
It was a moment that had political junkies, just out of bed for the Sunday morning talk shows and slurping cereal milk, snarfing with laughter. Asked by ABC's Sam Donaldson to comment on Pat Buchanan's build-a-wall protectionist views on the U.S.-Mexico...
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Against Execution
Some families of murder victims are repudiating the death penalty. In the toughest of circumstances, they seek reconciliation. When Julie Marie Welch enrolled for her freshman year at Bishop McGuinness High School in Oklahoma City, she registered...
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Correspondence
$80,000 AND A DREAM TO THE EDITORS: I cannot believe that The American Prospect is still promoting Bruce Ackerman and Anne Alstott's idea of giving every high school graduate $80,000 tax free as some kind of birthright of citizenship ["$80,000...
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Did Clinton Succeed or Fail?
The editors of the British magazine Prospect invited American Prospect co-editor Robert Kuttner and columnist E.J. Dionne to have a friendly debate on whether the Clinton presidency was a success. An adaptation of that exchange follows. Dear E.J....
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Is the Third Way Authentic?
"Is the Third Way Authentic?" by Norman Birnbaum. New Political Economy, volume 4, number 3, pages 437-446. What is "the third way?" According to the joint declaration by Tony Blair and Gerhard Schroder ("The Third Way/Die Neue Mitte"), it is "about...
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Jumping the Gun
The Weekly Standard ran a story in July titled "Taking the Second Amendment Seriously" its cover art showing the weather-stained statue of what looks like a militiaman. The article--actually a thick chunk of legalese by George Mason law professor Nelson...
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Liberalism after Clinton
Will a conservative or liberal agenda be at the center of national politics during the next four years? No matter how centrist George W. Bush and Al Gore sound, that is what the fall election is still fundamentally about. Conservatives seem to understand...
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My Heart Belongs to Daddy
You can't judge most presidential candidates simply by their retinue of advisers and fundraisers, but Texas Governor George W. Bush may be a special case. Neither major party has nominated candidate with so little national experience since the Republicans...
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O, Freedom
When father was a boy, freedom was much on the minds of college students. We marched for the civil rights of blacks and for the freedom of farm workers to join unions. Many of us resisted sacrificing our freedom to an unjust war. We asserted the freedom...
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Paul Cassell and the Goblet of Fire
A CONSERVATIVE PROFESSOR'S ADVENTURES IN THE LIBERAL LEGAL SYSTEM "Warning: The editorial comment you are about to listen to has not been endorsed by the management of the College of Law. Most academic commentators have arrived at contrary opinions....
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Silent Scream
Remember pro-choice Republicans? They asked for so little--and they usually got it. But the elected officials among them could at least be counted on to show up and make a bit of a fuss at conventions and party functions. Remember a Bill Weld or a...
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Speech for Free
Few institutions demand more protection of intellectual property than do corporate media. Eager to exploit the digital age but fearful of the ease with which copyrighted material can be borrowed or stolen, major media companies have successfully pressured...
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The Care and Feeding of Fat Cats
Last issue ["Labor's Loss," August 14, 2000], we described how, in the race for campaign dollars, business is outpacing labor by an increasingly wide margin: eight to one in 1994, 11 to one in 1996 and 1998, and 15 to one in the 2000 election cycle,...
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The Double-Edge Wedge
REPUBLICANS USED TO WIN POINTS WITH ANTIGAY POLITICS, BUT THIS YEAR THE TRADITIONAL WEDGE ISSUE MAY CUT THE OTHER WAY. This year's presidential election may be the first in which gay and lesbian voters play a decisive role. That could be bad news...
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The New Economy: How Working Americans Can Take Control
"The New Economy: How Working Americans Can Take Control" Blueprint: Ideas for a New Century, Democratic Leadership Council, Summer 2000. What is "the third way?" According to the joint declaration by Tony Blair and Gerhard Schroder ("The Third...
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The Strange Rebirth of Social Democracy
"The Strange Rebirth of Social Democracy" and "West European Social Democracy, Country by Country" by Paul Anderson, New Times February 2000 (available online at www.democratic-left.org.uk/newtimes). What is "the third way?" According to the joint...
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The Taxonomist
THOSE PROGRESSIVE '90s The 1990s saw lots of federal tax legislation enacted. The biggest changes included the modestly progressive tax increases that President George H.W. Bush reluctantly signed in 1990, Bill Clinton's 1993 tax hikes on the rich,...
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The Third Way/Die Neue Mitte
"The Third Way/Die Neue Mitte" by Tony Blair and Gerhard Schroder. Pamphlet; reprinted and annotated by Joanne Barkan in Dissent, Spring 2000, pages 51-65. What is "the third way?" According to the joint declaration by Tony Blair and Gerhard Schroder...
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West European Social Democracy, Country by Country
"The Strange Rebirth of Social Democracy" and "West European Social Democracy, Country by Country" by Paul Anderson, New Times February 2000 (available online at www.democratic-left.org.uk/newtimes). What is "the third way?" According to the joint...
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What Becomes a Legend
Developing side by side in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, biography and the novel made private lives public. Abiding interest in the unsolved mystery of personality has kept both these long-winded genres popular--and especially so since the...
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What Old Women Remember
The forbidden love affair between Lilly Wust and Felice Schragenheim was made the movies. The setting: World War II Berlin. Lilly, the wife of a German army officer and the mother of four children, met Felice, an aspiring journalist and a Jew. While...
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What's the Difference?
Listen to Gore's acceptance speech, and you'll understand his problem. I'll eliminate the debt, and Bush's tax cut will bankrupt America! (Yawn.) He's in favor of guns, and I'm against them! (Eyes glaze.) I'll keep the prosperity rolling, and he won't!...
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Wreaking Ruckus
With its telegenic actions and training camps, the Ruckus Society has created a media splash; now can it create a populist movement? In a cloud of dust, high in the Malibu hills, the column of protesters surged forward. The Ruckus Society, trainers...
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Young Master P
George P. Bush does not smirk. He smiles. A brilliant, movie-star smile, a smile that has earned him the number-four slot on People's list of America's 100 Most Eligible Bachelors and the adoration of thousands of reporters at the Republican convention....
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