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. 11, April 24

After Ideology
In late March, leaders of European Union member nations agreed at their annual summit meeting, in Lisbon, on a program of sweeping economic liberalization aimed at bringing Europe into the Internet age. For the most part, the talk was of sweeping away...
Al Gore and the Temple of Doom
HOW SERIOUS ARE THE VEEP'S CAMPAIGN FINANCE SCANDALS? The Clinton re-election campaign of 1995 exemplified much that is wrong with our campaign finance laws. The campaign turned a small loophole in our campaign laws--which allows parties to raise...
A New China Deal
The upcoming fight over China trade will test not just the clout of organized labor but, more specifically, the price labor can extract from big business as a condition t0r accepting the deal. And it seems clear that unless the AFL-CIO goes along with...
Are Men's Fingers Faster?
"Can anyone explain this to me?" Regis Philbin asked his Who Wants to Be a Millionaire audience of 30 million one evening in February. "Why is it that nearly all of our contestants are white men? I'm a white man, so you know I have nothing against...
Beer and Debates
"Ladies and gentlemen, this year, this Bud's not for you," the American Reform Party CARP), a Reform Party splinter group, announced in January, telling members to stop drinking Anheuser-Busch beers, including Budweiser and Michelob. Why boycott...
Checking Pandora's Box
The Pitfalls of Census 2000 Census Director Kenneth Prewitt officially launched the 2000 Census effort in January by riding a dog sled into Unalakleet, Alaska, where he was feted by residents of this tiny fishing village on the Bering Sea with a...
Correspondence
HOW THE ECONOMISTS GOT IT WRONG TO THE EDITORS: I am disheartened by James K. Galbraith's simpleminded attack "How the Economists Got It Wrong" [TAP, February 14, 2000]. Galbraith has a reasonable and interesting approach to economics, but it...
Delinquent Justice
Shortly after the recent killing of six-year-old Kayla Rolland by her six-year-old classmate in a Michigan public school, President Clinton exhorted Congress to pass gun control measures that have been stalled in committee for the past eight months....
First Person Singular
With First Person, a series of 11 short documentaries, Errol Morris brings his contemplative prurience to television. "I've always thought of my portraits as my own version of the Museum of Natural History," Errol Morris said a few years ago, "these...
Makhmalbaf's Moment
In the remarkable opening moments of a 1995 film by Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf, a cameraman sits on the roof of a car as it makes its way slowly through a mob of Tehrani males--most of them thin, mustachioed, hungry-eyed. The camera records,...
The Adventures of ... Money Man!
WILL ROBERT TORRICELLI BE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY'S SAVIOR --OR ITS DOWNFALL? Robert Torricelli, junior senator from New Jersey and the man leading the Democratic effort to regain the Senate, is on the move. Sitting in the back seat of a black Lincoln...
The Banality of Irving
AN ENGLISH HITLER ADMIRER KEEPS PUTTING HISTORY ON TRIAL HISTORY SEEMS TO BE WINNING. The libel suit historian David Irving waged against professor Deborah Lipstadt turned on the question of whether it was correct to call him a "Holocaust denier."...
The Courting of John McCain
Can George W. Bush get John McCain's endorsement? That may turn out to be the most important political question of the spring. Bush isn't off to a good start: He's made a series of remarks antagonizing the McCain camp, even as both his and McCain's...
The Odd Couple
Elaine Kamarck (Al Gore's policy adviser) and Donna Brazile (his campaign manager) are getting along just fine. So have the New Democrats learned to stop worrying and love the Old Democrats? On a recent Thursday morning, not long after the Amadou...
The Taxonomist
CORPORATE TAX SCAMS For corporate America, tax sheltering is all the rage these days. Big accounting firms like PricewaterhouseCoopers, investment banks like Merrill Lynch, and a legion of unscrupulous tax advisers are aggressively marketing their...
Union Man
WHO KNOWS WHERE HE IS THIS WEEK ON TRADE OR PRIVATIZATION, BUT AL GORE IS STILL LABOR'S GUY. Steve Rosenthal, political director of the AFL-CIO, is perhaps the only one of America's thousands of political strategists who genuinely has armies to...
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