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. 15, August 26

Dems' Fightin' Words: Democrats Debate Policy Quite Nicely. but until They Embrace Politics, Become Proud Partisans and Figure out Who They Are, They Will Be Continually Clobbered
THERE IT WAS, THE FIRST FOURTH OF JULY AFTER September 11: The majestic swell of a patriotism associated more with the era of the Andrews Sisters than the age of Destiny's Child. The ritual exultations of American values. The worry, yes, that something...
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Europe's New Crusade: Will the Tolerant Society Survive the Battle over Islam? (Culture Wars)
THE NETHERLANDS, VISITORS have long observed, seems the very embodiment of tolerance. To stroll along Amsterdam s central canals is to see cops bicycling through a haze of marijuana smoke while heroin addicts, drunk British tourists, pimps and prostitutes...
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Faith Healing. (on the Contrary)
CONSIDERING THE GENEROUS TAX EXEMPTIONS long enjoyed by religious institutions, the routine invocation of God at official events or even the persistence of blue laws prohibiting the sale of liquor on Sundays, it's clear that the "wall" between church...
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Follow the Bouncing Congress: It's Corporate Reform Thursday, Corporate Cave-In Friday. (below the Beltway)
THE FIRST 24 HOURS AFTER Congress passed the Sarbanes financial-reform bill must have been excruciating for many of our nation's leading legislators. In a stunning burst of boldness--or panic, what with the market's collapsing--they had enacted...
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Help from the Hill: Military Insiders Want Some to Derail Bush's Plans for Iraq. (Gazette)
AS A RULE, BOTH THE JOINT Chiefs of Staff and the Central Intelligence Agency's leadership prefer that Congress stay out of their affairs. Indeed, an ideal Congress for many denizens of this realm would be one that simply holds open the cash spigots...
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Is the Big-Business Era over? the Public Sure Thinks It Should Be. (Gazette)
IT MAY BE TRUE THAT THE ERA OF big government being over is over, as conservative Christopher Caldwell has argued, done in by President Bush's reluctance to challenge popular spending programs. But it may also be true that the era of big business...
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It's Clear Skies for Dirty Air: W.'s Emissions-Swapping Plan May Be Dangerous If You Breathe. (Gazette)
WHEN THE ENVIRONmental Protection Agency launched its highly publicized Acid Rain Program in the early 1990s to cut sulfur-dioxide emissions, environmentalists were skeptical. The Clean Air Act amendments of 1990 introduced a nationwide emissions-trading...
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Multinational Tax Deform: The Problem's Not Just the Corporations-It's the Republicans Who Actively Support Them. (the Taxonomist)
IN RESPONSE TO PUBLIC OUTRAGE, CONGRESSIONAL Democrats are clamoring for a crackdown on offshore tax dodges. They've focused particularly on the notorious Bermuda loophole, whereby unpatriotic companies such as Tyco, Stanley Works, Accenture (formerly...
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One-Day Wonder: The Dangerous Absurdity of the Bush-Putin Arms Treaty. (Gazette)
THIS SEPTEMBER, WHEN THE Senate returns from its summer recess, the Foreign Relations Committee plans to vote on the Moscow Treaty on Strategic Offensive Reductions, which Presidents George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin signed at the Moscow Summit...
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Plumbing the Depths: K-19: The Widowmaker Offers a Grim but Seaworthy Tale. (the Critics Film)
THERE ARE MANY REASONS TO applaud K-19: The Widowmaker, not the least of which is that it is such a hellish bummer. Here's the scenario (and it's based on a true story): In 1961, with the Cold War glacially raging, the Soviet nuclear submarine K-19...
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Shifting to Offense. (Comment)
EPOCHS DO NOT CHANGE ON a dime. Yes, the era of market extremism is waning, Republicans' ratings are plummeting, and, the polls agree, more of us believe that Elvis is hiding in the hills with the Shining Path than still have faith in American big...
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The Andersen Tape: On Which Dick Cheney Vouches for Our Favorite Accountants. (Gazette)
ARE THE CORPORATE SCANdals the work of a few bad apples" in an otherwise healthy business world, as President Bush asserts? Or do they spring from a "bad seed" that's sprouting corrupt practices all over the corporate landscape? A promotional...
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The Anti-Pop
When Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, the doyen of New Democrats, met with reporters at the Democratic Leadership Council's convention in New York during the last week of July, he brought his very own autopsy of the late, not widely lamented Gore-Lieberman...
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The Nothing Exchange. (Devil in the Details)
YOU CAN ALWAYS READ America's history by the maps of its roads, rails and networks. In the early years of the 19th century, you could chart the country's growth with a map of its canals. Fifty years later, a railroad map would be your best guide...
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Wanted: Brave Democrats. (Comments)
VERMONT GOV. HOWARD Dean, recently profiled in these pages, committed a brave political act the other day. He called for repeal of George W. Bush's $1.35 trillion tax cut. What makes the act so brave is not that repealing the tax cut is an outlandish...
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What Do Afghan Women Want? A Dramatic and Militant Afghan Feminist Group Has Captured the West's Imagination. but Does It Offer What the Women of a Shattered Society Need Most?
THE UNVEILING TOOK PLACE AMID THE GIDDY whirl of a $1,000 ticket, all-star production of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues on Feb. 10, 2001. Raucous merriment had come and gone: Ensler conducted a chorus of ecstatically groaning celebrities, Glenn...
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