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. 14, No. 4, April

A Case for Hell. (below the Beltway)
Much of the furious debate at the United Nations has been over whether inspectors are capable of disarming Iraq, but what really divides the United States from its chief critics on the Security Council are two diametrically opposed scenarios of a post-war...
Asylum Interrupted: Is America Still a Safe Haven? (Dispatches)
THE UNITED STATES HAS NEVER OPENED its arms to immigrants seeking asylum. Before September 11, aliens would arrive only to be shackled and handcuffed to an airport bench, suffer through multiple interviews, wind up in a county jail or private correctional...
A Tale of Two Fables. (the Last Word)
Fable 1. The world is blessed with an advanced civilization renowned for its dynamism and freedom. Most of the world's peoples admire and emulate it. But this civilization fails to notice a primitive, evil force that emerges worldwide, intent on destroying...
A War for Democracy?
Like Woodrow Wilson during World War I, George W. Bush has held out the promise that by going to war, America can make the world safe for democracy. Once Saddam Hussein is ousted, we can turn Iraq into a political and economic model for the Arab world,...
Beyond Left and Right: A Guide for the Unwary
I recently attended a forum, sponsored by one centrist and two liberal groups, on opportunities to bridge ideological extremes. The panelists were discussing a new report titled "Crossing Divides." The report addressed recent policy innovations that...
Breaking the Frame: Susan Nall Bales Has a Lesson for Progressive Groups: Message Matters. Get with It, or Forget about Making the World a Better Place
WHEN COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT SUSAN NALL BALES talks to environmental groups, she tells them that they can't fix government policies until they first fix themselves. For Bales, that means these groups must become acutely conscious of the stories that...
Bush's Tax Missimplification. (the Taxonomist)
As we file our often complicated income-tax returns this April, should we take heart that President Bush's budget includes a section titled "Simplify the Tax Laws"? Not really. Elsewhere in the budget are some five dozen proposed tax breaks that would...
Clash of Civilizations: In the Battle between America and Europe, We Better Hope That They Prevail
I. BUSH V. WORLD George W. Bush may believe he has the mandate of heaven for what, as I write, is still the looming war in Iraq, but he's not doing very well on earth. Indeed, he's all but unified the planet in opposition to the notion of a U.S.-led...
Dissent in America. (Comment)
The shooting may or may not have started by the time you read this. But one thing that has certainly begun is the campaign to force dissenters to keep it zipped when the shooting commences. "Once the war against Saddam [Hussein] begins, we expect every...
Freedom to Fail: The False Flexibility of the President's Welfare Plan. (Dispatches)
AS ANY ADVOCATE FOR THE POOR WILL tell you, measuring the success of welfare reform depends on how one defines success. If it's simply a matter of cutting the welfare rolls, the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program has been the social...
God and Country. (Devil in the Details)
THE 9TH U.S. CIRCUIT Court of Appeals--the sole remaining unabashedly liberal bastion in the entire federal government--has spoken, and has struck down the "under God" part of the Pledge of Allegiance as unconstitutional. John Ashcroft, of course,...
John Zogby's Creative Polls. (Correspondence)
TO READ CHRIS MOONEY'S account ["John Zogby's Creative Polls," February], the Zogby poll on evolution--commissioned by the Discovery Institute--was primarily about intelligent-design theory. That's not true. The chief thrust was the appropriateness...
Just the Beginning: Is Iraq the Opening Salvo in a War to Remake the World? (Cover Story)
For months Americans have been told that the United States is going to war against Iraq in order to disarm Saddam Hussein, remove him from power, eliminate Iraq's alleged stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, and prevent Baghdad from blackmailing...
Let's Get Ready to Rumble! (Correspondence)
GARANCE FRANKE-RUTA has clearly put on the brass knuckles in the battle with the Rev. Al Sharpton ["Let's Get Ready to Rumble," February 2003]. I had just returned from my college bookstore when I read the sentence about "the sort of Marxist African...
Paved with Good Intentions: The Quiet American and the Din of Imperialism. (Film)
WHAT WOULD GRAHAM GREENE DO? Or more to the point, what would he write about our current time, its terrorist horrors, its shadows of war on the horizon? Perhaps our situation would sound familiar to the author, who set a similarly foreboding scene...
Real Marriage, Real Life. (Comment)
Laughing at marriage, that age-old comedy staple, is trendy once again. The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Joe Millionaire and the "reality" genre's latest entry, Married by America: Watching what fools these mortals be is setting Nielsen records. And...
Recalling Gray. (Devil in the Details)
YOU MAY HAVE THOUGHT the 2002 elections were over, but a fat lot you know. Just three months after he squeaked to victory over a certifiable stiff, California Gov. Gray Davis may be facing a formidable recall campaign. Recalls, as our more historically...
The Fakeout: Bush Promised Billions for AIDS-But Not until He's Left Office. (Dispatches)
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH'S GLOBAL AIDs--relief proposal seemed like a historic announcement. "[T]o meet a severe and urgent crisis abroad, tonight I propose the Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief--a work of mercy beyond all current international efforts...
The Pro-War Post: The Paper's Opinion Columns Turn Hawkish on Iraq. (Media)
WHAT'S THE ROLE OF AN OP-ED PAGE? Echo chamber for a newspaper's editorials? Ping-Pong table for both sides of the story? Or supplier of third, fourth, and nth sides and angles of the polyhedral truth? The reader might guess that this writer prefers...
There Goes Hoffa. (Devil in the Details)
SINCE HE FIRST BECAME president, George W. Bush has had two distinct approaches toward America's unions: 1) Divide and conquer, and 2) Smash them into eensy-weensy bits. Bush came to the White House armed with a Texas Republican's hatred of all things...
The Republican Railroad: Squelching Democratic Voices on the Hill. (Dispaches)
IN JULY OF 1994, JUST FOUR, MONTHS before Republicans swept the elections and won control of Congress, then-Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-Ga,) blasted the Democratic leadership trying to ram health-care reform legislation through Congress without giving the...
Your Democratic Scorecard. (Devil in the Details)
WITH THE DEMOCRATIC presidential field building up about as fast as U.S. forces in the Middle East, the Prospect intends to present our readers with regular updates on the ins and outs, ups and downs and, now and then, the arounds and throughs of this...
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