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. 22, October 23

And the Verdict Is
In the world of television, imitation is not simply the sincerest form of flattery; it is among the most lucrative. That's why network executives are doing everything they can to cash in on the reality TV fad. It's also why the hottest new category...
Between Hard Rock and a Place
No doubt there are sun worshippers in Jutland, vegetarian barbecue chefs, male readers of Women's Day. But Josh Scandlen--of Phoenix, Arizona, and Charles Schwab and Company--is a libertarian advocate of hard-core punk rock, possibly the most entirely...
Chairman Greenspan Wants Your Job
If the Fed wants sustained prosperity, it needs to move beyond outdated assumptions. Here are the key principles for a full-employment economy. For the past year and a half, the stewards of the American economy have been worrying that too many Americans...
Correspondence
THE OTHER NYPD MURDER TO THE EDITORS: I just read "The Other NYPD Murder" by Harvey Blume in the September 11, 2000, issue of TAP. I found myself becoming increasingly angered by the actions of the NYPD, realizing that I was making an analogy...
Do Real Men Vote Democratic?
The gender gap is commonly understood as a story about women. Since 1980 women, repelled by the Republican position on social justice, economic inequality, gun control, military issues, and reproductive rights, have voted and identified as disproportionately...
Language Density Management
George Orwell's classic essay "Politics and the English Language" noted that euphemistic language had political effects. In Stalin's Soviet Union, murder of political opponents was politely termed "liquidation." Get people to change language, and you...
Made in Cuba
In all probability, it was just a coincidence that in July the House of Representatives voted to repeal some of the more draconian aspects of the economic embargo against Cuba the day after PBS aired Buena Vista Social Club, Wim Wenders's Oscar-nominated...
Selling Higher Test Scores
It's hard to imagine the nation's students profiting from the latest fad in education policy, the new mania for high-stakes testing; but commercial businesses already are. Consider what's happening in Massachusetts. In 1993 the state enacted a sweeping...
Sellouts
The FTC's recent report on Hollywood's violation of its own voluntary rating codes had politicians of both parties expressing indignation about how the entertainment industry targets children with violent and indecent material. Both Gore and Bush promised...
Six Polish Women
Not long ago my wife, Ilene, and I journeyed to Auschwitz, which I had been reading about, it seemed, for much the greater part of my life. As it turned out, I had a good deal yet to learn. My teacher was Alicja, the pleasant and scholarly camp researcher...
Tax Wars
Winners and Losers from the Bush and Gore Tax Plans Nothing so neatly differentiates the presidential candidates as their views on taxes. George W. Bush offers a rather extreme version of what passes for "conservative" fiscal policy these days....
The Big Split
It would be bad enough if the Republicans' tax plans were merely extravagantly regressive, rewarding the rich and leaving a big budget hole for everyone else to fill. But they appear just when the income gap has grown wider than it has been in more...
The Online Education Bubble
Universities are betting big bucks on Internet learning. But there aren't enough customers to go around. What happens to schools caught in the shakeout? Like many administrators, Edward Blakely doesn't need to be convinced of the Internet's importance...
Time for a New Deal with Mexico
Mexican President-elect Vicente Fox, fresh from a historic victory that ended 71 years of one-party rule in his country, dropped in on U.S. lame-duck President Bill Clinton just before Labor Day. He was brimming with ideas for further integrating their...
Top-Down Class Warfare
It is difficult for a liberal to raise concerns about irresponsible corporations without being accused of class warfare. The Wall Street Journal recently ridiculed Al Gore for "schlock populism" and cynical "business-bashing." In truth Gore's criticism...
Toxic Media
Like Claude Rains in Casablanca, Al Gore is shocked!, shocked! that the entertainment industry is marketing violent material to minors. Counterine Hollywood's macho entertainments with some macho rhetoric of his own, he gave the industry six months...
Who Gives?
Considering the almost hour-by-hour polling of the nation's voters, it's amazing how little is done to survey the views and backgrounds of the people who really matter in American politics: the elite class of political donors. Thus, an unusual survey...
Why W. Is Not Q
Before W., there was Q.--John Quincy Adams, son of John Adams, the nation's second president. The Adamses were America's first political dynasty, and like Bush, Q. inherited his father's first name and a well-worn middle one from a favorite relative....
Year of the Scapegoat
The near-comic conclusion of the Wen Ho Lee case splattered more than enough egg to cover the faces of much of Washington. It's a media story, a federal law enforcement story, a civil liberties story, perhaps even a discrimination story. But more than...
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