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. 12, No. 5, March 12

Absolutely Factious
Last month's inaugural protesters, said by my sources to outnumber celebrants, were mostly ignored by the mainstream press. The Weekly Standard, however, did find time to make fun of them, noting that at one event--a teach-in on police brutality--the...
Debt and Taxes
How the Democrats got into a tax-cut predicament--and how they can get out What's gotten into Alan Greenspan? Until recently, he was in clear agreement with the Democrats about how to deal with the federal budget surplus: Oppose tax cuts and use...
Democracy's Moment
Can the debacle of 2000 ignite a movement for democratic renewal? If nothing else, the 2000 election mess has begun to produce real political engagement and debate about democracy. For some this debate will focus narrowly on improving election equipment...
Democrats Adrift
Democrats are in a bind on taxes. And the fact that they're out of power at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue is only the beginning of their problems. Since the mid-1990s, Democrats have played a deftly executed but ultimately evasive game on fiscal...
Electoral Dysfunction: Will the Media Fail Again?
As the nation begins to consider electoral reforms designed to prevent another Florida fiasco, a special challenge is in store for journalists. A story line is already developing that new technology will solve the kind of vote-counting problems that...
Hannibal
The avalanche of publicity for Hannibal has made it the most widely anticipated film of the season. Small wonder: Only the bravest of moviemakers would dare to carry on the story of Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling, told with such stunning effect...
How Do You Spell Relief?
Here are four options for tax relief that are better and fairer than the Bush plan. Big tax cuts are in the offing. The high priests of fiscal discipline find their flocks deserting, egged on by President George W. Bush, the GOP, and the Janus-faced...
Imperfect Union
For all the Teamsters' supposed re-energizing since James P. Hoffa became president, there's one important area where the union needs considerable work: organizing. Ever since the McClellan Committee investigations of racketeering in the 1950s,...
Punch Drunk
The Congressional Black Caucus and the AFL-CIO have both made reform of the country's election machinery a top priority. A number of committees and commissions--such as the National Commission on Federal Election Reform, co-chaired by Jimmy Carter...
Reclaiming Democracy
The debacle of the 2000 presidential election made it clear that we are operating a badly frayed nineteenth-century democracy in twenty-first-century America. Voter participation is shockingly low and declining each year. At best only one-half the...
Tax-Cut Fever
Alan Greenspan has blessed a tax cut, the budget surpluses are said to be bigger than ever, and Republicans control all branches of the federal government. Are we ready to rumble with George W. Bush's gigantic tax cuts? Can we cut taxes even more?...
Taxing Democracy
George W. Bush may well win a tax program that most voters rejected in the 2000 election. His $1.6 trillion in cuts would favor the richest 1 percent. Public opinion polls confirm that most Americans would rather see the money go for social investments....
The Democrats' Pet Shop (with Apologies to Monty Python)
"I wish to register a complaint about the Democratic Party: It's dead." "No, no, it's resting." "Look, I know a dead party when I see one, and I'm looking at a dead party right now. Over the past eight years, the Democrats have lost the presidency,...
The Thernstroms in Black and White
The story of how two dedicated civil rights activists became the first couple of the crusade against racial preferences. "That's our dear friend Clarence, whom we adore," Abigail Thernstrom said, proudly showing me the framed photograph of Supreme...
What We Must Overcome
For years many of us have been calling for a national conversation about what it means to be a multiracial democracy. We have enumerated the glaring flaws inherent in our winner-take-all form of voting, which has produced a steady decline in voter...
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