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. 2, January 28

Bush-League Economics: Our Bum Steers for Argentina and Japan. (below the Beltway)
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION is getting an A for its prosecution of the war against al-Qaeda and the Taliban, but it is flunking international economics. While energetically lobbying Congress for "fast track" authority (which is not a trade agreement, but...
Can Buffy's Brilliance Last? (Television)
WHEN FUTURE CRITICS ask whether turn-of-the-century American TV produced any works of genius, the verdict on the entire medium--all 128 channels of it--is likely to depend on their assessment of a cult teen hit currently airing on UPN, with syndicated...
Down, Argentine Way: How the IMF's Darling Collapsed. (Gazette)
A WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS, the slow-motion collapse of Argentina suddenly turned swift and violent. Two days of rioting brought down the government and left 31 people dead. All but one were killed by gunfire from shopkeepers and police. Some died while...
Going Down as It Came Up. (Devil in the Details)
WE CAN ONLY IMAGINE THE tension in Enron's executive offices in the week before it filed for bankruptcy. Each day brings new revelations about the company's dubious business practices and dire financial status. Dynergy seems about to pull the plug...
Gun Shy. (on the Contrary)
GUN SALES ARE SAID TO HAVE INCREASED DRAmatically since September 11--to the bemusement of some, who point out that guns won't protect us from terrorists armed with viruses or nuclear bombs. Still, it's long been clear that many Americans feel reassured...
I $ New York. (Correspondence)
REMEMBER U.S. SENATORS Michael Ciresi, Bob Rovner, and Ed Bernstein? How about Representatives James Humphreys, Phil Sudan, Roger Kahn, Peter Wareing, and Shawn Donnelley? If these names don't ring a bell, that's understandable. These are just a sampling...
Liberty since 9-11. (Comment)
WARTIME GENERATES violations of civil liberties. Wartime justifies restrictions of civil liberties. So we have heard since September 11 from people variously trying to explain or to defend departures from standing protections of individual rights....
Postcards from the Edge. (the Critics Film)
ORPHANED CAMBODIAN amputees, Bosnian war widows, prepubescent Liberian soldiers, Rwandan rape victims forced to bear and raise the children of their attackers.... The upcoming Human Rights Watch International Film Festival (which will travel to Boston,...
Recess Wars ... (Networks)
WASN'T IT JUST YESTERDAY that The Wall Street Journal editorial page was thundering at Bill Clinton for appointing Bill Lann Lee to the Justice Department's civil-rights desk without congressional approval? Now, under the very same terms of the Vacancy...
School Sprays. (Devil in the Details)
IT DOESN'T RISE TO THE level of an all-purpose maxim, but we've stumbled on a pretty good general rule for explaining the fate of one kind of congressional legislation, given the current House leadership: No bill that regulates pesticides is ever a...
Springtime for Democrats? (Comment)
AS THIS ELECTION YEAR begins, one can imagine two equally plausible scenarios. In the first, George W. Bush wraps the whole Republican Party in the flag. He outflanks the Democrats' latent advantage on virtually every domestic issue; the Republicans...
Supply-Side Stupor: The Energy-Policy Alternative to Saudi Dependency Isn't Arctic Drilling. It's Efficient Use
AMERICA IS AT WAR. THE ECONOMY IS DOWN. Global prosperity, stability, and environment are at risk. Domestic politics is reverting to gridlock, driven by the coming battle for both houses of Congress. And energy policy, strongly polarized, is back on...
The Coca-Cola Killings: Is Plan Colombia Funding a Bloodbath of Union Activists? (Gazette)
AFTER THE LEADER OF their union was shot down at their plant gate in late 1996, Edgar Paez and his co-workers at the Coca-Cola bottling factory in Carepa, Colombia, tried for more than four years to get their government to take action against the responsible...
The Humor and the Pity. (Literature)
THERE IS A FEATURE THAT has often marked the dust jackets of V.S. Naipaul's books. We are first given some perfunctory details about the writer's birth in Trinidad, his education at University College, Oxford, and the year, 1954, when he began to write...
The War at Home: Wartime Used to Entail National Unity and Sacrifice. (Gazette)
ONCE UPON A TIME, THE war at home meant frugality and sacrifice. Our parents or grandparents collected string and made balls of tinfoil, one gum wrapper at a time. They accepted rationing and went each week to the grocer with coupons for butter, meat,...
They're Back! (Devil in the Details)
Two years ago, ur-conservative Paul Weyrich stunned the religious right by calling for a retreat from temporal concerns. "Conservatives have learned to succeed in politics," he wrote in an open letter that's still available on the Web site www.freecongress.org....
Tougher Than Terror: To Fight Criminal Terrorism, We Need to Strengthen Our Domestic and Global System of Criminal Justice, Not Militarize It
THE DEBATE OVER MILITARY TRIBUNALS HAS BEEN largely conducted in terms of the trade-offs between national security and civil liberties. But this debate has tended to obscure an equally important issue: How does the question of where to try accused...
Why There Was No Stimulus Bill? (Taxonomist)
THE BEST NEWS ON THE ECONOMIC AND BUDGET FRONT in December was the failure of Republicans to ram their big corporate tax-cut package through Congress in the name of "stimulus." The bad news was that nothing was done to boost the economy and help those...

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