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. 11, No. 6, January 31

Correspondence
WILD PITCH TO THE EDITORS: Peter Dreier's article on Fenway Park and Boston's current public policy schemes was great ["Wild Pitch," TAP, December 20, 1999]. I am a community organizer and resident in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston. Yes, there...
Diminished Expectations
One of my New Year's resolutions was to clean out my study. I am something of a pack rat. I have research files on every book and major article I've written going back to the 1970s, mostly sorted by topic. Throwing away outdated material under such...
End of the World, Amen
Tales of the cataclysm have long been a cinematic staple, and since the movie industry is perpetually on the lookout for ways to turn a profit from the zeitgeist, this seems an especially apt moment for such films. Two have been brought out this season:...
Finding the Lost Voters
AS TURNOUT DECLINES, CONVENTIONAL CANDIDATES CHASE "LIKELY VOTERS." BUT RECENT THIRD-PARTY SUCCESS STORIES--NAMELY JESSE VENTURA'S--DEMONSTRATE THE LIMITS OF SUCH A STRATEGY. A MORE PROMISING APPROACH WOULD BE TO ENLARGE THE ACTIVE ELECTORATE. HOW?...
God's Word
When Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura dismissed religion as a "sham" and a crutch for weak-minded people, the pundits pounced. Ridiculing Ventura, commentators like E.J. Dionne hastened to praise religious belief and the strong-minded leaders it produced,...
Golden Zip Codes
From the high-rises of New York's Upper East Side to the mansions of Beverly Hills, the wealthiest Americans are opening their wallets to invest in presidential politics. Candidates Bill Bradley, George W. Bush, A1 Gore, and John McCain are all overwhelmingly...
Just Dignity
Testifying before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in South Africa, the family of Sicelo Mhlawuli, a murdered political activist, tell how they retrieved his body from the police station and found that his hands had been cut off. Another...
Liberalism -- and -- Catholicism
A HISTORY OF A SOMETIMES AMICABLE, SOMETIMES ANTAGONISTIC, ALWAYS COMPLICATED RELATIONSHIP. In the years immediately after World War II, American liberals split apart over their attitudes toward communism. Those who called themselves progressives...
Marketwatch: Consuming Kids
Over the past decade, advertising to children has climbed to new heights--or, rather, descended to new depths. According to the Center for a New American Dream, American companies spend about $2 billion each year advertising to kids--more than 20 times...
Other People's Money
It is not without significance that the title of the hit TV show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire contains no question mark. It's not so much a challenge as a chipper invitation, as in, "Who wants candy." Not only does the show correctly assume that everybody...
Technology We Hate
Technology is driving the big changes in society faster now than at any time since I the decade after World War II. Back then, a raft of discoveries--atomic power, jet transportation and rocketry, television, mass immunization, and early steps toward...
The Disappearing Candidates
WHY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS SUCH TROUBLE RECRUITING STRONG CANDIDATES TO RUN FOR PUBLIC OFFICE. "I am the Democrat who can beat Rick Santorum," says Bob Rovner in his introduction to hotel-lobby chatter at a Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee...
The Firewall Next Time
Harry Dent assures me that George W. Bush is going to win big in South Carolina on February 19. "He's Mr. Handsome;' the South Carolinian recently told me, "got a gorgeous wife, good family. And he believes in Jesus Christ. That's pretty strong down...
The Real Thing
With party rivals who seem more authentic than they are, George W. and Al G. are each reinventing themselves as the Real Thing. Before, George W.'s every move and utterance was carefully scripted in advance, tested by focus groups, polished by political...
The Rorschach Candidate
GEORGE W. BUSH AND THE POLITICS OF NO POLITICS What exactly, does George W. Bush think about homosexuals? Sifting through his campaign detritus, curious voters will find neither a stock denunciation (a la Gary Bauer) nor a pro forma statement of...
The Taxonomist
TEACHING JOHN MCCAIN John McCain says he wants to spend $1 billion a year to give America's "best" million K-12 teachers tax-free bonuses averaging $1,000 each. It's a strange idea on its face, given all the pitfalls in trying to determine which...
The Wrong Side of History
In assessing Roman Catholicism's role as a source of the advancement of progressive social change, what is to be made of the Church's age-old and continuing exclusion of black Catholics from the priesthood? That is an admittedly rhetorical question,...
This Is Your Brain on Art
Antidrug crusaders probably made their biggest mass-media splash with their famous television advertisement comparing a cooked egg to a brain fried by drugs, ending with a deadpan voice asking, "Any questions?" Now, a campaign sponsored in part by...
Whose Risk, Whose Security?
THERE'S A NEW DOUBLE STANDARD IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY. ORDINARY PEOPLE GET LESS SECURITYWHILE ENTREPRENEURS--"RISK-TAKERS"--GET GOVERNMENT GUARANTEES. At the opening of the twenty-first century, the United States seems to be leading the world toward...

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