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. 11, June 18

Ari Fleischer's Hoax
Remember all those stories about Bill Clinton and his friends trashing the White House and Air Force One--you know, the stories about torn carpets, scratched walls, and stolen champagne flutes that seemed to affirm, with uncanny timing, George W. Bush's...
Bush Got One Right
The dramas in April over the downed U.S. reconnaissance plane and the sale of arms to Taiwan have revealed a burgeoning American hawkishness toward China. Centrists have joined conservatives in blaming America for being soft on the Communists and weak...
California's Progressive Mosaic
PA JOAD: Ain't you goin' with us? CASEY: I'd like to. There's somethin' goin' on out there in the West, and I'd like to try and learn what it is. --The Grapes of Wrath More than 60 years after John Steinbeck's Oakies headed west, California...
Clash in the States
Can progressive nonprofits match their conservative rivals? Many people think of Oregon as a liberal bastion: an "ecotopia" where environmental protection is a priority, the law permits the terminally ill to choose death over protracted suffering,...
Correspondence
KILL THIS IDEA TO THE EDITORS: The article "Kill This Idea" by Jason Vest [TAP, May 7, 2001] is well intentioned but ill informed. To take the errors in order of appearance: The article states as an accepted fact that if the Office of Strategic...
Courting Unsafe Speech
It is possible, of course, that computer-simulated images of virtual children having virtual sex may encourage pedophiles to act on their impulses or may assist them in seducing children. There is, however, little or no empirical evidence that these...
Happier Prospects
As we go to press, the prospect of Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords switching parties has cheered despondent Democrats. However, it's not clear where a party-switch free-for-all would end, since several maverick senators in both parties would be in play....
Hardball
If anyone had any doubt that the former Texas Rangers official in the White House plays hardball, the newly created President's Commission to Strengthen Social Security erases it. This is the Nolan Ryan approach to political combat: Here comes my high,...
History, Meet Politics
In the academic world, historians now view the past mostly through the lenses of race, class, and gender. Grants are won (and tenure gained) by those who write "history from below"--that is, the history of ordinary people--as well as the history of...
Humble Pie
If we are an arrogant nation, they will resent us. If we're a humble nation, but strong, they'll welcome us. --GEORGE W. BUSH, encapsulating his diplomatic philosophy, October 11, 2000 Bush's America is certainly not more "humble," as the president...
Play It Again
I've seen Memento twice, but I didn't have to. Everything that's necessary to solve the riddle of this film's beautifully constructed plot is made available in a single viewing, if you are attentive enough. And simply being asked to exercise this amount...
Power to the People
Fundamentals are being decided here. The power crisis that has blindsided California has also turned the state into ground zero in an unanticipated war between radical capitalism and a democratically controlled economy. One of the great debacles...
Sins of Commission
In stacking the nominally bipartisan social security commission with members all committed to some form of privatization, this mandateless president seeks to advance one of his top campaign promises. But he also debases the concept of a presidential...
The Taxonomist
MORE TAX CUTS? Just in case you thought that Democrats won at least a small victory when Congress ostensibly agreed to scale back the 10-year cost of President George W. Bush's tax cut from $1.6 trillion to $1.35 trillion, consider this: To hit...
Unfinished Work
A major exhibition at New York City's Whitney Museum of American Art leads me to the not entirely surprising conclusion that digital art is finally coming of age. The show, which closes June 10, also forcefully suggests something more unexpected: At...
What to Do about Faithless Democrats?
Is there anything the Democratic Party can do to rein in wayward Senate Democrats who continue to deliver legislative victories to President George W. Bush? By supporting Bush's massive tax cut, for example, Democrats not only give the president...
Whitman in the Balance
The Bush presidency has already been a nauseating roller coaster ride for environmentalists. "There was tremendous disappointment once it became clear that George W. Bush would be president," says a senior attorney at the Environmental Protection Agency...
Why Bush Is Winning
The puzzling question is why George W.'s three big plans are moving forward. The immense tax cut whose benefits will go mostly to the rich, the hugely expensive missile-defense shield of dubious technical possibility, and the aggressive expansion of...