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. 21, December 3

A History of Corporate Looting. (the Taxonomist)
IF YOU WANT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT CORPORATE LOBBYISTS in Washington, D.C., are trying to foist on us with the pending "stimulus" bill, look back to the first half of the 1980s. In 1981, Ronald Reagan pushed a huge tax-cut bill through Congress. For...
Coming Attractions. (below the Beltway)
REPUBLICAN STRATEGISTS have been quick to dismiss the significance of the Democratic victories during is November' s elections. Republican pollster Whit Ayres declared that they "tell us almost nothing about the likely election outcomes a year from...
Double Agents. (Television)
IN 1996 THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE Agency, having taken many well-deserved public-relations hits over the years, hired a full-time "entertainment liaison officer"--a veteran paramilitary operative with the movie-hero name of Chase Brandon. Until September...
Economic Casualties: With the Safety Net Shredded, How Far Will Working Families Fall?
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A DECADE, OUR ECONOMY IS in recession. It's not official yet--the group that dates recessions doesn't act until after the fact--but there's little doubt that we're in the midst of a downturn. The tragedy of September 11 didn't...
Fear Itself. (on the Contrary)
TERRORISTS ENJOYED A SYMBOLIC victory when Congress shut down on October 18 to check the premises for anthrax--but both the House and Senate have seemed increasingly irrelevant anyway since the September 11 kamikaze attacks. The Bush administration,...
From Prozac to Politics. (Serotonin)
PETER D. KRAMER WILL ALWAYS be known as the author of Listening to Prozac, his 1993 work that both described a new, psychopharmacologically based "climate of opinion" in our culture and helped bring it about. But if he doesn't become known, too, for...
Here's Hard Times: Hotel Workers in a Stay-at-Home Age. (Gazette)
LATE LAST YEAR, NICOLE HOWARD was laid off when Montgomery Ward went bankrupt. In the spring, she happily found a new job cleaning rooms at Chicago's venerable Palmer House Hilton Hotel. But on September 14, she says, her boss "just told me that because...
Home-Court Advantage: What the War on Drugs Teaches Us about the War on Terrorism
"THIS IS A DIFFERENT KIND OF CONFLICT," SAID General Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at a Pentagon briefing in October. He was speaking of the war on terrorism. "The closest analogy would be the drug war." Since September 11,...
Political Science: The Bush Administration Snubs Its Science Adviser
MOST PEOPLE ARE DEMOTED FOR POOR PERFORMANCE. Dr. John H. Marburger, President Bush's newly confirmed science adviser, was kicked down a notch before he even started his job. For over a decade, the national science adviser--who heads the White House...
Race Conquers All: In New York as in L.A., Racial Politics Thwarts a Rebirth of Urban Liberalism
NEW YORK, LIKE LOS ANGELES, NOW HAS ITS new mayor; that's the bad news. Seldom has a city elected a leader about whom it knew less or who seemed to know less about his city. Their mutual ignorance--New York s of Michael Bloomberg, Michael Bloomberg's...
Rethinking Pacifism: The Quakers' Dilemma in a Time of War. (Gazette)
WHEN YOU SIT ALONE, silence seems normal, but the silence of a hundred people feels charged, alive somehow. The Quaker meetinghouse in Washington, D.C., is full this Sunday, as it has been every week since September n. As we sit facing one another...
Ridge's Troubled Waters: The Labyrinth of Homeland Security. (Gazette)
EVERY NEW ADMINISTRATION begets its share of policy buzzwords. At the moment, "homeland security" is very much in vogue. An important concept saddled with an ill-chosen moniker (it's hard not to detect a whiff of the worst kind of retro-nationalism),...
The Business of America. (Comment)
LIBERALS CONFRONT THE charge that we are anti-business. Modern liberals like to strike a "third-way" pose of being pro-entrepreneur and pro-market while socially liberal on such issues as tolerance and the environment. Old-time anti-corporate liberals,...
The Invisible Victims: Undocumented Workers at the World Trade Center. (Gazette)
AFTER SEEING THE TWIN towers collapse on TV, Maria Flores left the town of Zaragoza in northern Mexico and made her way to the border, where she paid smugglers to bring her into the United States. Her husband, an undocumented immigrant, had worked...
The Oprah Wars. (the Critics Literati)
NO SOONER HAD AMERICAN culture bid its sober official farewell to irony than the literary world veered headlong yet again into the gruesome (yet ever comforting) ironies of cultural warfare. The occasion was novelist Jonathan Franzen's widely publicized...
The Return of Smallpox: The United States Doesn't Have Enough Vaccine for the Whole Country. but Maybe the Russians Can Help
ON TUESDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 22, THE PHONE rang. It was a federal official I have known for years. "The U.S. government can't sit on this much longer," he told me. His normally calm voice was cracking. "Three people down in Florida have a rash; 30 are...
The Whole World Is Watching. (Correspondence)
I FOUND THE NOVEMBER 19 issue, "The Whole World Is Watching," particularly incisive and consistent with my own take on the Pandora's box that America has opened. Eric Alterman's book review "Chronicling the Last War" provides his perceptive comments,...
Trading on Terrorism: What Free Trade Does for National Security (Nothing). (Gazette)
"SOMETIMES," U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Robert Zoellick said recently, "tragedy also presents opportunities for those who are alert." Sure enough, in the collapse of the World Trade Center, the alert Mr. Zoellick saw an opportunity to appeal to wartime...
Trouncing the Taliban. (the Last Word)
AS I WRITE THIS, THE TALIBAN are on the run. By the time you read it, they may be back in their caves. What s the lesson here? Already some in Washington are pronouncing the Bush strategy for dealing with terrorism a resounding success. A few are even...
You Don't Have to Be Jewish. (the Critics Film)
A DESCRIPTION OF SANDI Simcha DuBowski's documentary Trembling Before G-d sounds like the start of a bad ethnic joke: Did you hear the one about the gay Orthodox Jew? The film, however, is no joke at all, as it focuses on the dire plight of religiously...
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