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. 13, No. 10, June 3

A Dollar Short: Bush's Budget Defunds Bush's Education Plan. (Gazette)
THE WEB SITE OF DEMOCRATIC Congressman George Miller of California features a touching photo of the signing of the education reform bill at an Ohio school on January 8. Flanked by beaming African-American children, Miller, Democratic Senator Edward...
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Civilization and Its Discontents: A Video Game Makes You Ponder the Nature of History. (Obsessions)
CULTURAL NOVELTIES ARE many, but genuinely new art forms don't come along very often. The computer game may be to our time what film was to the early twentieth century. There's a cultural divide about this--literate young people in their twenties...
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Dick Armey, Thinker. (Devil in the Details)
On May 1, House Majority Leader Dick Armey appeared on CNBC's Hardball and, with a little help from host Chris Matthews, thought through his ideas on a solution for the turmoil in the Middle East. Here are some excerpts. ARMEY: I'm perfectly...
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Drugs, Terror, and Evictions. (in the Contrary)
THANKS PARTLY TO ITS ASSOCIATION WITH 1960s counterculture, marijuana use has long been considered vaguely un-American. Never mind that millions of Americans have indulged in it. The pot-smoking pinkos of yesterday are--according to the Bush administration--the...
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Fortress Denmark? after a Fierce Campaign Battle over Immigration, a Social Democratic Stronghold Takes a Turn to the Right
JEAN-MARIE LE PEN SHOCKED THE WORLD ON APRIL 21 when he eliminated socialist Prime Minister Lionel Jospin in the first round of France s presidential election. But Le Pen's triumph was merely the latest in a string of right-wing electoral victories...
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George Bush's Texas Trouble: Why the Democrats May Take the Lone Star State. (Gazette)
WHEN KAREN HUGHES announced her decision to leave the White House and return to Texas, the only thing Washington could agree on was that it was a loss for George W. Bush. It was Hughes who helped Bush find his voice during the 2000 elections, who...
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Guerrillas in Our Midst: Is the United States Harboring Terrorists? (Gazette)
THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE Government of Free Vietnam (GFVN) would fit right into the guerilla campaigns of 1930s China or modern-day Colombia. Along the building's walls, reams of photos show Free Vietnam troops training at secret Southeast Asian...
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Harry and Louise Amok. (Devil in the Details)
EVERY SO OFTEN, THE night-and-day difference between the world according to Washingtonians and the world according to everyone else strikes us with renewed force. How else to explain the growing Beltway cult of Harry and Louise? Yes, the same...
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Hidden Injuries of Class: Undermining OSHA by a Thousand Cuts. (below the Beltway)
TAKE A GOOD DOSE OF FREE-MARKET ideology, mix in political debts to your business backers and an overriding concern with re-election, and voila: You have the recipe for George W. Bush's domestic policies. The imperative of re-election has taken...
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Marijuana, Heroin, and Cocaine: The War on Drugs May Be a Disaster, but Do We Really Want a Legalized Peace?
WHAT WOULD ACTUALLY HAPPEN IF DRUGS were legalized in America? For the last decade advocates of such a course, though politically weak, have dominated the intellectual debate for the simple reason that their criticism of existing policy holds a...
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States Blow off Bush. (the Taxonomist)
WHILE POLITICIANS IN WASHINGTON HAVE BEEN FALLING over themselves to provide huge new tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy, the story in the states is quite different and quite heartening. Take, for starters, states' response to the big...
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The Democrats and the Euro-Left. (Comment)
IN EUROPE, THE YEAR 1968 HAS always meant only half of what it's meant here in the United States. On both sides of the Atlantic, 1968 was the year of the great youth uprising and the emergence of a distinct New Left. The protesters who took to the...
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The Ideological Impostor: Run Left, Govern Right: The Fraudulence of the Bush Presidency
IN THE 2000 ELECTION, THE VOTERS OF THIS COUNTRY could have been forgiven for sizing up George W. Bush as a cross between a moderate Republican and DLC Democrat. Here are some of the things he said while campaigning: In a stirring passage in...
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The Politics of Dog: When Globalization and Culinary Practice Clash. (Food)
THE LINE DIVIDING ACCEPTABLE from unacceptable meat is sometimes a fine one. While vegetarians naturally reject meat of all kinds, the rest of America maintains some form of double standard--chicken but not crow, beef but not horse, venison but...
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Voluntary Disasters. (Networks)
CATCH THIS: INDUSTRY executives and top government officials secretly meet to draft regulatory legislation, are caught by watchdog groups, and then refuse to release documents from the meetings. Sound like President Bush's energy commission? You're...
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You Say You Want a Revolution: A New Film from Eric Rohmer, Old Man of the New Wave. (the Critics Film)
ERIC ROHMER'S FILMS ARE notoriously talky. In his Six Moral Tales, Comedies and Proverbs, and Tales of the Four Seasons cycles, the restlessly sexy, searching characters spend most of their time lounging on lawn chairs and engaging one another in...
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