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. 13, May 22

Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There
Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There, by David Brooks. Simon & Schuster, 276 pages, $25.00. Shouldn't it be enough of a task in life to find meaningful work and love, those north and south poles of happiness? No: The...
Campaign Finance Emissions
Thirty years after the first Earth Day in 1970, environmentalists have much to celebrate. Just 25 years ago, for example, the majority of the nation's water was polluted. Today, two-thirds of that precious resource is considered safe, thanks largely...
Chipping Away at the Uninsured
With Bill Bradley out of the presidential race, Vice President, Gore's proposal to and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) remains the one comprehensive proposal on the table in the presidential election to address the plight of the 44 million...
City Making: Building Communities without Building Walls
City Making: Building Communities without Building Walls, by Gerald E. Frug. Princeton University Press, 256 pages, $35.00. The traditional explanation of the power of cities now seems as grand and outdated as an old movie palace. "The dominance...
Correspondence
THE RESURRECTION OF MICHAEL MILKEN TO THE EDITORS: Edward Cohn's article "The Resurrection of Michael Milken" [TAP, March 13, 2000] is a remarkable piece of fiction unburdened by the messy journalistic requirements of accuracy and fairness. Consider...
Fix It or Nix It
In the past, the great post-World War II institutions of international economics-the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, and the enforcement bodies of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)--have operated under the cover of...
Justice for Rent
THE SCANDAL OF JUDICIAL CAMPAIGN FINANCING During a recent campaign for a seat on a local Ohio Domestic Relations Court, a Lawyer from a small firm ran up against a political, ethical, and financial dilemma. His predicament began innocently enough...
Magnetic Los Angeles: Planning the Twentieth-Century Metropolis
Magnetic Los Angeles: Planning the Twentieth-Century Metropolis, by Greg Hise. Johns Hopkins University Press, 294 pages, $35.95. Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream, by Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk,...
Neuro-Narratives
Reflecting their status in society at large, neurology and neuroscience have in recent years become major forces in American arts and media, charting new narrative pathways. If noted at all, this development has been written off as only another example...
Operation Dessert Storm
When big conglomerates began circling Ben & Jerry's Homemade earlier this year, there was general alarm among ice cream progressives. Wavy Gravy spoke at a rally. Supporters flocked to savebenandjerrys.com to bear witness. "May Ben and Jerry find...
Rationing Compassion
A FABLE FOR OUR TIME "I had begun to feel that we were part of some psychology experiment whose design was to see how quickly we could abandon our humanity." --DR. LINDA PEENO, an ex-medical director and claims reviewer for HMOs, confessing why...
Stalled in Paradise
A QUIET BUT PROFOUND REVOLUTION IS TAKING PLACE IN suburban America, affecting the way people there think about government, taxes, property rights, the free market, and the idea of community itself, and it is being sparked by that most mundane of phenomena:...
Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream
Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream, by Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck. North Point Press, 290 pages, $30.00. The traditional explanation of the power of cities now seems as grand and...
The Datsun and the Shoe Tree
I was changing planes at the new airport in Jakarta the other day, on the way to Stockholm from Vladivostok. Three young Bangladeshi boys sat in the passenger lounge, watching The Power Rangers on satellite TV. Their mother--garbed in the traditional...
The Invisible Hand as Schoolmaster
Some of the most widely discussed and controversial proposals for reforming American schools focus on the twin themes of giving local schools more operational autonomy and forcing them to compete for students. Proponents of charter schools and voucher...
The Moral Minority
Where have all the liberal protestants gone? The last quarter of the twentieth century will surely be remembered for its religious conservatism. The Moral Majority, led by fundamentalist Jerry Falwell, dominated headlines during the 1980s. Support...
The Talking Cure
You probably haven't heard of him, but Rob Nelson is working hard to change that. Nelson, the thirty-something host of the FOX News Channel's fledgling Saturday night talk show The Full Nelson, wants to run for political office (he doesn't say which...
The Taxonomist
BUSH'S "PROGRESSIVE" TAX PLAN "The Bush tax cuts benefit all Americans, but reserve the greatest percentage reduction for the lowest income families." (12/1/99) "Our tax code, in the end, will be more progressive." (4/11/00) These Bush claims...
Trade: A Third Way
As we reach the climax of the great battle over trade with China, it's worth taking a closer look at the main sticking point of this and every other major global agreement likely to arise in future years. There's widespread acceptance of the need for...
Up from Reparations
Self-invention has always been an American ideal. We're supposed to enjoy opportunities to make our own fortunes and control our own fates, in this world and the next. The Calvinism of seventeenth-century colonials proved less quintessentially American...
Vilify This!
When Big Tobacco agreed to pay out hundreds of billions of dollars in a settlement two years ago, it looked like the public interest finally had the upper hand. More than 99 percent of the $206 billion settlement went to 46 states to spend however...
Way out There in the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars and the End of the Cold War
, by Frances FitzGerald. Simon & Schuster, 592 pages, $30.00. In 1984 I traveled to Berlin. Walking past Checkpoint Charlie, the famous American outpost on the border between East and West, made the Cold War tangible. Yet at the same time,...
Weird like Us: My Bohemian America
Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America, by Ann Powers. Simon & Schuster, 287 pages, $23.00. Shouldn't it be enough of a task in life to find meaningful work and love, those north and south poles of happiness? No: The human animal, like so many of...
Why Liberals Need Radicals
The demonstrations last November in Seattle and last month in Washington have made some liberals uneasy. For many, the street activity suggests both a rowdiness and a know-nothing attitude toward global commerce. A recent New Republic cover, caricaturing...
Women on the Verge
Erin Brockovich is the quintessential star vehicle--for nearly two hours, Julia Roberts is almost never out of camera range--but it's also the kind of message movie we haven't seen for a while. It's the latest and biggest of the "feisty woman" movies,...
World-Class Tax Evasion
The current age of globalization can be distinguished from the previous one (1870-1914) by the much higher mobility of capital than labor. In the previous age, before immigration restrictions, labor was at least as mobile as capital. Today's increased...