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. 19, October 21

401(k)ave-In. (Networks)
REMEMBER ALL THOSE HEARTFELT POST-Enron, post-WorldCom promises congressional leaders made to strengthen the nation's shaky pension system? Well, talk has never been cheaper in Washington. Not only did the House approve a bill that would actually...
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Animation Sensation: Why Japan's Magical Spirited Away Plays Well Anywhere. (the Critics Film)
TERRIFIED BY THE TOXIC PERKINESS of Pokemon and Sailor Moon, or by the splattery violence of other Japanese cartoons, mainstream America has largely shunned as childish or eccentric what Japanese audiences see as a sophisticated, adult art form--in...
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A Reckless Rush to War. (Comment)
THE SUSPICION WILL NOT DIE that the Bush administration turned to Iraq for relief from a sharp decline in its domestic political prospects. The news had been dominated for months by corporate scandals and the fall of the stock market, and the November...
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Canada's Romance with Market Medicine: For-Profit Health Care Has Failed in the U.S. So Now Its Sponsors Hope to Export It North
CANADA, OF ALL PLACES, IS HAVING A HIGHLY charged national debate about whether to adopt the U.S. model of commercialized health care as part of its national health-insurance system. Health policy makers in Canada, particularly at the provincial...
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Drug Money: How PhRMA's Front Groups Buy Elections. (Gazette)
WHO ARE THOSE GUYS? Connecticut voters can be forgiven for asking themselves that question after being inundated with radio and television spots sponsored by two senior-citizen groups that few had heard of before. The ads tout the Republican-backed...
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Dubyanomics: Bush's Budget Policies Make Reaganomics Look Honest. (the Taxonomist)
ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY, NEWSPAPERS BIG AND SMALL have reported the shocking news that the $5.6 trillion in 10-year budget surpluses projected in early 2001 has almost disappeared. Instead, as an Associated Press story typically put it, "Last month,...
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Dystopia Revisited. (on the Contrary)
IT'S TOO BAD THAT THE WORD "ORWELLIAN" IS LOSING its power from overuse, because sometimes no other word will do. Sad to say, it's often used appropriately. There's no better word to describe U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft's depiction of himself...
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How the Culture War Was Won: Lesbians and Gay Men Defeated the Right in the 1990s, but Tougher Battles Lie Ahead. (State of the Debate)
IMAGINE FOR A MOMENT THAT WE live in an alternate universe where the United States is openly hostile to lesbians and gay men. How hostile? Well, in this world, the liberal state of Massachusetts bans lesbians and gay men from being foster parents....
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In Israel's Interest? Not Necessarily. (beyond the Beltway)
MORE THAN 15,000 Israelis lined up on a single day to get new government-issue gas masks, the daily newspaper Ha'aretz reported Sept. 18. On the same page: Israel's Defense Ministry was seeking an advance on next year's budget to speed gas-mask...
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In the Name of National Security: Bush Declares War on Unions. (Gazette)
ERLINDA VALENCIA CAME FROM the Philippines almost two decades ago. Like many Filipinos living in the San Francisco Bay Area, she found a minimum-wage job at the airport, screening passengers' carry-on bags. Two years ago, organizers from the...
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Oregon Gets Taken: Property-Rights Radicals versus Our Most Livable State. (Gazette)
FRANK HARDIN MAY FINALLY get his chance to dig up the 18 million tons of gravel beneath his land in the foothills of the Siskiyou Mountains. For nearly a decade, Oregon's Jackson County has denied him mining permits in order to keep scores of double-length...
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PAC Attack. (Networks)
PROGRESSIVE PACS. THEY'RE not the latest North Face gear but an increasingly effective way for liberal activists to play hardball in national elections. Political action committees (PACs) emerged as a major pipeline for political money in the post-Watergate...
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Politics Profanes a Noble War. (Devil in the Details)
THERE'S A NEW ADDITION to the American right's Gallery of Deeply Evil (and Really Annoying) People. Alongside Tom Daschle, John Sweeney, Bill Lerach, Howell Raines, Gloria Steinem, Martin Sheen, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Janet Reno (she couldn't even...
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The Winner-Steal-All Society: And the Persistence of the CEO-Market Myth. (Gazette)
HOW MUCH IS A CEO WORTH? These days the munificent compensation packages lavished on America's chief executives have about as many defenders as Slobodan Milosevic. The statistics are simply too obscene: In 1999, the average chief executive earned...
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Under the Plume: September 11 Produced a New Kind of Pollution, and No One Knows What to Do about It. (Cover Story)
FROM HIS HEALTHY HEAD OF HAIR TO HIS RUNNING shoes, Andy Reeve, a young computer programmer, was covered in white soot and ash. He had just arrived for work across the street from World Trade Center that horrible September morning, when a commercial...
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Union Seeks Republicans; Forget the Teamsters. It's Those New-Age Organizing Unions That Are Going Post-Partisan
I. LABOR DAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE If you closed your eyes at this year's New York City Labor Day rally, you might have thought you'd been transported to some Hibernian rite at the turn of the last century, back when organized labor spoke with...
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Whereas the Moon Is Green Cheese. (Devil in the Details)
Take yourself back in the recesses of time to a simpler, more logical era in human history, to a period unimaginably distant--say, three, maybe four, weeks ago. And remember, if you can, the calls for the Bush administration to make a case for war...
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