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. 13, No. 3, February 11

Afghan Assessment: What Worked in Afghanistan and Why It Won't Work in Iraq. (Gazette)
WHEN AMERICAN WAR-planes began bombing Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, the Pentagon and the press cautioned that victory would not come quickly. The fabled Taliban warriors were battle-tested, schooled in guerrilla warfare, and uniquely familiar with...
A More Civil Society: NGOs at Work for Peace in Northern Ireland. (Gazette)
NEWS OF UNRELENTING VIOLENCE in the Mideast may suggest that it s utopian to expect peaceful resolution of abiding ethnic and religious hatreds, but some less visible efforts at cross-ethnic cooperation are getting results. Consider Northern Ireland,...
Bang for the Buck, Bust in the States. (Networks)
THE WHITE HOUSE WANTS another round of elite tax cuts masquerading as a $214-billion "stimulus" plan for the economy. Now, even the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (www.cbo.gov) has issued a report that undermines the bulk of the plan. For...
Bingaman with a Plan: It's Better Than Bush's, but the Dems' Energy Bill Falls Short. (Gazette)
AFTER TWO DECADES OF drift and a year of crisis, the Democrats have finally proposed a serious, future-oriented energy policy. The Energy Policy Act of 2002 (Senate bill S1766), introduced by Senate Energy Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico,...
Bowling Together: The United State of America
THE CLOSING DECADES OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY found Americans growing ever less connected with one another and with collective life. We voted less, joined less, gave less, trusted less, invested less time in public affairs, and engaged less with our...
Daschle and Destiny: Does the Majority Leader Dare Disturb the Universe? (below the Beltway)
IN LATE DECEMBER, AS REPUBLICANS and Democrats clashed by night over rival economic-stimulus plans, the nation's newspapers began to take note of a top-down GOP campaign to "demonize" Senate majority leader Tom Daschle. "Republicans leave little doubt...
Energy Forever: Energy Systems Designed to Be Efficient, Decentralized, and Diversified Are What National Security Demands, the Public Wants, and the Market Can Supply
THE WORLD IS DANGEROUS. AMERICA'S ENERGY policy makes it more so. In 1981 we wrote for the Pentagon what is still the definitive unclassified study of domestic energy vulnerability. We found, and government and industry experts later confirmed, that...
Enron's Enablers. (Comment)
OKAY, LET'S TAKE THE BUSH administration at its word, however mutable that word may be. Let's say only a handful of officials--the commerce and treasury secretaries, and (according to a subsequent clarification) several lesser officials at Treasury,...
Everyone's a Critic. (Devil in the Details)
SINCE AS FAR BACK AS THE 1920s, Times Square has been home to a mind-numbing array of billboards and corporate logos, their neon vapidity lighting up the night. So it seemed altogether fitting and proper when Adbusters, a magazine that defines its...
Fool Me Twice. (Comment)
"FOOL ME ONCE, SHAME ON YOU," says a wise political maxim. "Fool me twice, shame on me." In his State of the Union address, President Bush will perpetrate a consumer fraud that makes his feint to the center in the 2000 campaign seem like truth-in-advertising....
Freedom's Edge. (on the Contrary)
IN SAN FRANCISCO, TWO MILITANT ADVOCATES FOR AIDS patients have been charged with stalking and threatening public-health officials, researchers, and reporters who have made or disseminated what they deem to be objectionable statements about AIDS prevention...
Insufficient Evidence. (Film)
I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY EVERYBODY is making such a fuss over In the Bedroom, Todd Field's first feature-length movie. The film has a few surprisingly good moments, but these are vastly outweighed by its creakinesses, its unlikelihoods, and its forced,...
Lame Duck. (Comic Strips)
BACK WHEN THE WORLD STILL cared about Gary Condit (which is to say, not too long ago), the politically conservative comic-strip duck Mallard Fillmore doled out some predictable partisan criticism: "Before the Chandra Levy story, ABC, NBC and CBS usually...
Lonelier Planet. (Travel)
I WAS IN BOMBAY ON JANUARY 17, 1991, sitting in the Indian Airlines office in the financial district, when I heard the first rumors of bombs falling on Baghdad. My mission was to make last-minute ticket changes while my traveling companion, a fellow...
Return of the Madhouse: Supermax Prisons Are Becoming the High-Tech Equivalent of the Nineteenth-Century Snake Pit
LAST SUMMER, SOME 600 INMATES IN THE NOTORIOUS supermaximum-security unit at California's Pelican Bay State Prison stopped eating. They were protesting the conditions in which the state says it must hold its most difficult prisoners: locked up for...
Statehouse Subversion: Massachusetts Voters Approved Public Financing for Campaigns, but the Legislature Hasn't Appropriated a Nickel
IN THE MID-1990S, A GROUP OF LIBERAL ACTIVISTS, with the support of a few wealthy donors, developed a new strategy to reduce the power of money in national politics. Let's not waste so much energy trying to get minor reforms through Congress, they...
That's Amore? (Devil in the Details)
CREDIT TOM DASCHLE WITH this much: After we reported last fall that Eugene Scalia--son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and heir to dad's uber-conservative bent--appeared to be a lock for Labor Department solicitor, the Senate majority leader...
The Poll Truth: What the Media Isn't Telling You about Democratic Strength. (Gazette)
Over the last few months, the public's attention has shifted dramatically from a single-minded focus on combating terrorism to concerns about the ailing economy. That's a big and politically significant change: A bad economy almost always hurts the...
War and the Constitution. (Correspondence)
UNDER EXISTING LAW, President George W. Bush has the legal authority to use military commissions to try certain suspected terrorists for violations of the law of war. In arguing otherwise, George P. Fletcher makes numerous blunders ["War and the Constitution,"...

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