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. 25, December 4

All the President's Men
When the second season of NBC's West Wing premiered in October, with nine Emmys on the mantel and the lives of many key presidential staffers dangling in the balance thanks to last season's cliffhanger assassination attempt, a stunning 25.1 million...
Bad Vibes in Alabama
Advocates of censoring the Internet often argue that sexually explicit material today is "worse"--more graphic, more violent, more deviant, and more available--than it was 25 or 30 years ago. If only we could return to the innocent days of the 1950s...
Campaign Reform: The Hard and the Soft of It
A funny thing happened on the way to making soft money the symbol for all that is wrong with the nation's campaign finance system. Hard money--the stuff that is harder to amass because it is regulated by the Federal Election Campaign Act and limited...
College for Dunces
The electoral college is a constitutional time bomb that has been ticking for more than a century. It finally exploded on election day. Unkind as, it is to say so--hasn't Al Gore suffered enough!--it's only fitting that it blew up in the Democrats...
Correspondence
THE DIMMING DOWN OF AMERICA TO THE EDITORS: Wallace Roberts's "The Dimming Down of America," [September 24-October 9, 2000] sheds light on the growing problem of poorly thought-through deregulation of electric utility systems. Because of limited...
Democracy Deadlocked
This is a dispatch from purgatory--the purgatory to which we've all been condemned until this business about the identity of our next president is cleared up. I'd never realized until quite late on election night just how nervous purgatory can make...
Home and the World
The two main characters in South African playwright Athol Fugard's classic chamber drama Boesman & Lena are a poor mixed-race couple. Their shanty has been razed by the "whiteman's bulldozers," leaving them to wander the dismal mudflats near Port...
Housing: The Hidden Issue
The richer they get in Manhattan, the more poor people are evicted in Brooklyn. Gary and Virginia have lived at Berkeley Place in lower Park Slope, Brooklyn, for the past 29 years, almost since moving to the United States from Trinidad in the late...
Illegal Employers
Who would have guessed that one of the issues deadlocking federal budget negotiations would be how many undocumented aliens to legalize? Just four years ago, Congress enacted, and the president signed, the toughest anti-immigrant legislation in decades....
Opposition as Opportunity
At this writing, there is a chance that the courts may yet order a Florida rerun, but the next president is likely to be George W. Bush. Where does this leave progressives? The task of a political opposition is to prevent damage in the short run and...
Political Meatballs
In the world of political campaign advertising, there is nothing sweeter than coming up with an ad that is so clever or outrageous it gets free publicity. Ralph Nader hit the jackpot in the fall campaign with his spot that parodied MasterCard's "priceless"...
Taking Back Democracy
This is the hour for reform, not recrimination. To view Ralph Nader as representing the "progressive left" in opposition to liberals and moderates inside the Democratic Party, is to commit grave error. The passions aroused by the Nader campaign have...
The Morning After
If, as seems likely but by no means certain, George W. Bush takes office as the next president, while the Republicans hold a one-vote margin in the Senate and control the House of Representatives by about four seats, this will be the strangest victory...
The Second Coming of What?
In June 1993, the prominent Yale computer scientist David Gelernter opened a mail bomb sent by Theodore Kaczynski, the Unabomber, who had singled Gelernter out as a leader of the technological revolution he despised. Badly hurt, Gelernter survived,...
The Squeeze
In most city neighborhoods, the flight to the suburbs continues--with families leaving the city the moment they acquire the means. However, in a handful of trendy cities, there's been a movement in the opposite direction. This may be just what the...
The Taxonomist
SEARCHING FOR A SILVER LINING By the time you read this, we may have a new balance of power in Washington. If Democrats have the upper hand, we can worry that they'll continue the Clinton-Gore push to make the tax code more complicated--albeit a...
The Winner: Clintonism
George W. Bush and the Decline of Movement Conservatism Last month, as victory slipped from Al Gore's grasp, a palpable gloom settled over certain members of Washington's opinion elite. Their candidate just wasn't all he had been cracked up to be....
Two More Years
Karl Rove, George W. Bush's chief campaign strategist, has compared this year's election to that of 1896 and Bush himself to victorious Republican presidential candidate William McKinley. Rove argued that just as McKinley's election created a new political...

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