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. 3, February 12

All the Maestro's Men
Nine o'clock on a Saturday morning, Early for the phone. Woodwind snapped awake. It was the city desk. There had been some kind of burglary at Democratic Party headquarters. There was speculation in the newsroom that the White House, even the President...
Born-Again Bipartisanship
Here's a dictionary entry straight out of Ambrose Bierce: bipartisan politician--a Democrat who's afraid of being indicted. Stirrings in the Justice Department have led some observers to predict that indictments are forthcoming against two 18-year...
Educational Television
The Big Moment the early episodes of the Fox Networks Boston Public comes a school board meeting called by the superintendent--an enemy of Winslow High School's tough-love overseer, Principal Harper--to address the principal's handling of a teacher...
From New Deal to New Opportunity
The Case for Broadening Wealth America's ambivalent electorate seems to reflect the paradoxes of our times: hunger amidst prosperity, a monumental and growing wealth gap, and record-high employment while millions of workers struggle to make ends...
From the Ashes, a Jewish Museum
Like a streak of lightning or an unraveling Star of David, the Jewish Museum Berlin zigzags through the city's Kreuzberg section, just steps away from graffiti-covered storefronts and boxy, high-rise public housing. Clad in zinc, its facade broken...
Indentured Public Servant
Alan Cranston was always an organizer--one of the best of the post-World War II generation. Soon after the war ended, he founded and built the United World Federalists, an expression of postwar one-worldism that valiantly battled the Cold War zeitgeist....
Politics and Beanbag
Politics, as Finley Peter Dunne's Mr. Dooley had it, ain't beanbag. But lately the Republicans have been playing political hardball while too many Democrats play beanbag. Candidate George W. Bush managed to have it both ways, casting himself as...
Round Midnight
As Bill Clinton prepared to leave office and public attention swiveled toward the incoming administration, the outgoing president spent his last months in the Oval Office making recess appointments and issuing a flurry of new regulations and executive...
Stealth TV
Channel One--and lots of advertising--seeps into America's schools. At Clifton High School, a mostly white, working-class institution in suburban New Jersey, it's time for second period--and for Channel One, a public-affairs TV broadcast available...
Stocking Up
Why Analysts Inflate Stock Worth Thorough much of the year 2000, stock market analysts at leading brokerage houses were wildly bullish on Priceline.com, the Internet firm that sells discounted airline tickets, groceries, and other goods. True, the...
Surprising Nostradamus
One of the synchronicities of the 2000 election was that interest in Nostradamus spiked after George W. Bush was finally acclaimed president-elect. At the turn of the year, the sixteenth-century French seer was listed at number 32 on the Lycos 50,...
The Anti-Auteur
Remember the name: Michael Winterbottom. Not yet 40 and already the director of eight features, Winterbottom is the remarkably Versatile, remarkably gifted Englishman one great film away from a place among today's moviemaking elite. His latest and...
The Court Packs Itself
In Justice John Paul Stevens's despairing words, Bush v. Gore has shaken "the nation's confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law." Coming as it does from a justice known for his sobriety, this judgment should give all of us...
The Joy of Sects
Now that the election has finally ended, politicians may be less preoccupied with declaring their allegiance to God, but efforts to involve Him in public policy show no sign of abating. Most Republicans and many Democrats have enthusiastically advocated...
The New Economy as a Decent Society
How is the new economy affecting our lives and what should be done about its excesses and injustices? This debate is emerging all over the world, but it surfaces only sporadically and partially, like the tip of a giant iceberg into which other things...
The Rich Get Richer
And Why the Poor Don't A newcomer to the United States, after reading the newspaper or watching television for a few days, might conclude that every family in America was huddled around their computers, watching their stocks and mutual funds rise...

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