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. 16, September 9

Artificial Intelligence? We've Been Collecting Information at Guantanamo for the Past Seven Months. but Is It Any Good? (Gazette)
WHEN THE FIRST PRISoners from the war on terrorism arrived at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, their rights and treatment became the subject of heated international debate. Should those incarcerated be considered prisoners of war? Could they be brought before...
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Axis of Scofflaws. (Devil in the Details)
SAY YOU'RE THE SECRETARY of state in an administration that, in a mere 18 months, has managed to alienate every other nation on the planet (except maybe Russia, where Vladimir Putin has been very sporting about our shredding that old missile treaty,...
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Blocking Bankruptcy. (Networks)
YOU'D THINK THAT THE RECESSION--combined with Congress' big talk about corporate accountability--would cripple legislation that protects credit-card companies at the expense of the poor and unemployed. You'd be wrong. The very day after Congress...
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Closed Society, Open Source: China's Unexpected Enthusiasm for Linux. (Technology and Culture)
IN SOME WAYS IT'S HARD TO THINK of anything more American than Linux. A Finnish computer programmer named Linus Torvalds created the operating system, but Thomas Jefferson would have loved it. When Torvalds finished, he simply posted the code online...
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Game Over: With the Collapse of the New Economy Complete, Yesterday's Dot-Commers Are Only Now Beginning to Understand the Odds. (Gazette)
"HOW COULD WE HAVE BEEN so stupid?" In the old new economy, the woman who asked this question was a heroine of sorts, one of those feisty young dot-commers with stock options, mobility and sought-after skills. But the "new" is over now, those great...
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Gender Bender. (on the Contrary)
WOMEN ARE HARDWIRED TO EXPERIENCE and recall emotions more readily than men, according to a study announced last month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, as well as on CNN's morning show. "The wiring of emotional experience...
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Gunfight, Utah-Style: And Why Some There Are Calling for a Farewell to Arms. (Gazette)
BY MANY INDICATIONS, THE gun-control cause would seem dead in America. Democrats, traditional champions of the cause, have been shrinking from the issue for fear that an anti-gun image would do them more harm than good at the polls. The gun lobby,...
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Jim McGreevey, Working-Class Hero: New Jersey's Governor Stands Alone in the Corporate-Tax-Reform Hall of Fame. (Taxonomist)
SUPPOSE YOU'RE A GOVERNOR AND YOUR STAFF HAS JUST informed you that most of the biggest corporations doing business in your state have cooked their books so severely that they pay virtually nothing in state income taxes. Do you holler, "Hallelujah!...
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No Surer Signs: Clunkily Earnest, It Must Be M. Night Shyamalan's Latest. (the Critics Film)
ONE APPROACHES THE FILMS of M. Night Shyamalan with the slightly hysterical goodwill of a parent attending a school play. Senses gaping, disbelief suspended a mile high, one so wants the evening to go well. And if clumsiness and mawkishness should...
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Park Wars: It's the Snowmobilers (and the Recreation Industry) against the High-Country Hikers (and the Environmentalists) in the Battle for the Future of America's Parkland
IT'S A HIGH-ENERGY SCENE IN THE INTERIOR DEPARTment's John Muir Room on the second Wednesday in June. Rangers from the National Park Service dispense information while their bosses dispense Bluebonnet ice cream. Guests from the Forest Service exchange...
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Party in Hiding. (Devil in the Details)
If anyone needs a snapshot of the Republicans' dilemma in this surprising election year, we'd suggest one of Vice President Dick Cheney alongside businessman Bill Simon Jr., the Republican candidate for governor of California, when they met at a...
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The Democrats and Iraq. (Comment)
AS WAR WITH IRAQ LOOMS bewilderingly larger this summer, it would be an overstatement to say that there s now a Peace Camp (or more precisely, an Anti-Invasion-Now Camp) in Washington. There sure as hell is a Privately Held Doubts Camp, however....
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The Great Telecom Implosion: It's Not Just Individual Companies That Are Going Bankrupt. the Industry as a Whole Has Gone from Market Reform to Market Ruin
THE DIMENSIONS OF THE COLLAPSE IN THE TELE-communications industry during the past two years have been staggering. Half a million people have lost their jobs. In that time, the Dow Jones communication technology index has dropped 86 percent; the...
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The Pentagon Talks Turkey: A Fine Romance This Is, but Where Are the Ki$$e$? (Gazette)
THE UNITED STATES AND Turkey have been locked in a strange mating ritual since September 11. The Pentagon plays the ardent suitor--making offers that meet with skepticism, admiring Turkey's democratic trappings and secular state--to Turkey's coy...
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The West's Griles Virus: Industry's Man in Interior. (below the Beltway)
"THIS HOPEFULLY WILL BE A breath of fresh air," exclaimed National Mining Association spokesman John Grasser, with no intended irony, after he learned that J. Steven Griles had been nominated as the Department of the Interior's deputy secretary....
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Useless Airways. (Comment)
THE LATEST CORPORATION TO file for bankruptcy is not another fraudulent telecom, but US Airways. The airlines were among the sectors hardest hit by September 11. And with its concentration in the Northeast, US Airways was among the hardest hit of...
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Warming Warriors Adapt Plans. (Networks)
PRESIDENT BUSH'S DISMAL environmental record and the White House's hard-line stance against the Kyoto Protocol have sent American environmental groups scrambling for new ways to approach the issue of climate change. The United States is the world's...
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Why Democrats Must Be Populists: And What Populist-Phobes Don't Understand about America
THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL (DLC) can take credit for many of the Democratic Party's successes in the 1990s. It was instrumental in deflecting Republican charges that Democrats condoned crime, favored welfare over work, and backed higher deficits...
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