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. 14, August 12

All-Capitalist Class War. (Comment)
WHERE IN THE ANNALS of class conflict do we put the current tiff between America's investors and its CEOs? Up until a few weeks ago, this would have been considered a question not worthy of an answer. Both groups bobbed on the same tide. They...
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Can Liberals Save Capitalism (Again)? Seven Decades after the Great Depression, Democrats Have Their Work Cut out for Them
IN A FEW SHORT WEEKS, AMERICA'S POLITICAL ECONOMY has been stunningly transformed. The Bush administration, the Republican Party and three decades of conservative ideology are facing a potential rout. Yesterday's conservative cliches are today's...
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Diversity Perversity. (on the Contrary)
NEARLY 25 YEARS AGO, IN REGENTS OF THE University of California v. Bakke, the U.S. Supreme Court held that educational institutions may consider the race of their applicants in making admissions decisions. But the Court didn't clarify the constitutional...
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Falling Dollar, Rising Debt: The Market Is Crumbling, Accounting's a Mess-And We Owe the Rest of the World about a Quarter of Our GDP. (Gazette)
THE VALUE OF THE U.S. DOLLAR has dropped more than 15 percent against the euro since February. That may not sound like a big deal--a bit of bad news for American tourists this summer, a bit of good news for American manufacturers selling things...
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Future Imperfect: Minority Report-The Story and the Film-Misses the Mark. (the Critics Film)
THE CLAIM PHILIP KINDRED Dick, California nutcase and sci-fi seer, holds on our imagination is a particular one. Dick's signature as a writer is a sort of pre-epileptic hum or aura, an intimation of fast-approaching crisis. Something dislocates,...
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How Bushes Get Beaten. (Comment)
ONLY A SHORT TIME AGO the Democratic presidential candidate in 2004, whoever that might be, seemed to face two possibilities: losing to George W. Bush by a respectable margin or being wiped out in a colossal landslide. Such dismal prospects, if...
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Interring a Dream: The Quiet Death of School Integration. (Gazette)
THE U.S. SUPREME COURT'S April 15 decision in a school desegregation case called Belk v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education was just a single line long and entirely devoid of explanation. A federal trial judge had recently ended more than...
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"I Plead the Sixth": Right to Counsel? It's Not a Given for Juvenile Defendants. (Gazette)
THE WAITING ROOM OF THE New Orleans juvenile court is hot and crowded. Its garishly painted walls stare down on angry parents, manacled teenagers and the occasional lawyer. In a corner, Victor Papai, the head of indigent defense at the juvenile...
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Judge on the Stump: What Can-And Can't-State Judicial Candidates Say? (Gazette)
THE CONCLUSION OF THE Supreme Court's term usually brings a spate of opinions in the most contentious and closely divided cases of the year, and this year's session did not disappoint. On its final day, the Court issued four 5-to-4 rulings, among...
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No War for Oil! Is the United States Really after Afghanistan's Resources? Not a Chance
THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN IS A SHAM. THE BUSH administration had advance knowledge of the September 11 attacks but took no action, using the assaults on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon as an excuse to topple the Taliban regime and legitimize...
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Of the CEOs, by the CEOs, for the CEOs. (Devil in the Details)
GIVE GEORGE W. CREDIT where credit is due: He promised us an administration with business principles, MBAs, wall-to-wall CEOs. And, to his woe (and ours), that's just what he's got. Looking left to right at the red-tinted figures in the president's...
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Roll over, Jefferson. (Devil in the Details)
THE FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND is always a good time to consider the state of American democracy. So imagine our dismay when we opened our newspaper and came across an ad from the Ad Council that sets a new standard for political fatuousness. "Read...
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Sam's Amazing $5,000 Dream Coat: And Other Lies Told to the House Tax Shelter Committee. (the Taxonomist)
YOU CAN HARDLY PICK UP THE NEWSPAPER THESE DAYS without reading about some freshly discovered corporate tax shelter scam, whether it's an Enron-style tax-haven subsidiary or a Bermuda shell company. The Bush administration and House Republicans,...
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Social Security Scheming. (Networks)
IN THE LAST TWO YEARS THE Nasdaq has dropped more than 70 percent and the Standard & Poor's 500 more than 40 percent. The Dow is dipping below 9,000. Investor confidence is continually rattled by huge corporate scandals, and pension plans are...
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The Road to Nowhere: Thirty Years of Campaign-Finance Reform Yield Precious Little. (Gazette)
FOR THREE DECADES, CAMPAIGN-FINANCE reform has been high on the liberal agenda. Not only that, it seemed like a winning cause: It played well in the media, attracted vigorous activist support and even, it seems, made its mark on Congress when the...
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Transparent Hypocrisy. (Devil in the Details)
REMEMBER "TRANSPARENCY?" Time was when this was the battle cry of American businesses, and their obliging government, as they ventured into the world. For more than a decade, U.S-based megacorporations have insisted on tighter accounting standards...
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Two Steps Backward: Unilateralism Revisited. (below the Beltway)
AMONG DEMOCRATIC POLITICIANS and political consultants, the accepted wisdom is that George W. Bush has been successful in foreign policy but a flop in domestic policy. This assessment is based more on polling than personal conviction, although some...
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Who Vouches for Vouchers? (Correspondence)
MEGAN TWOHEY'S "WHO Vouches for Vouchers?" [July 1] suggests that the public shouldn't worry about school-voucher programs so long as they're not "universal." But even programs focused on certain cities or communities have a devastating impact...
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