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. 14, June 5

Abortion and Autonomy
Two important abortion cases will be decided by the Supreme Court this term. In Hill v. Colorado, the Court will rule on the constitutionality of statutory buffer or bubble zones--no-speech zones around abortion clinics and individuals entering clinics,...
Beyond the Fringe
As we go to press, polls show Al Gore running as much as eight points behind George W. Bush nationally, and behind among every major age group except for voters over 65. This is truly remarkable. The economy is strong, the Republicans got the worst...
Bloom in Love
The chief vice and virtue of friendship come to the same thing: overestimation. In the narrow world of those who knew him personally, it seemed possible that Allan Bloom, professor of political science at the University of Chicago, author in 1987 of...
Correspondence
BAD HAIR #2 TO THE EDITORS: "Bad Hair #2" by Laura Maggi [TAP, March 13, 2000] has tainted my view of TAP. Sure, Jim Trafficant doesn't represent "Youngstown, OH"--that's one town in this valley and Jim Trafficant represents the whole valley....
Don't Mess with Television
AL GORE WANTS TV TO HELP REFORM ELECTIONS. CONGRESS AND THE BROADCASTING LOBBY HAVE OTHER IDEAS. The stage is set for Vice President Al Gore. There's a lectern at center stage with the vice presidential seal. Off to the left is an antique television,...
Empty Suits
"House Democrats yesterday filed suit against Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) accusing him of extortion and money laundering. The civil suit alleges the whip pressured contributors into donating to the GOP and then directed those funds to nonprofit...
Interstate Hero
Truckers operate outside all sorts of boundaries. They know the whole country better than most of us know our own towns. They pick up hitchhikers. They speak in code. And a good part of America is enthralled. Kids in sedans throw desperate air-horn...
Open Science or Junk Science?
MARCIA ANGELL AND HARVEY BLUME DEBATE BLUME'S ARTICLE "OPEN SCIENCE ONLINE" (TAP, MARCH 27-APRIL 10, 2000). The Global Village Is No Substitute for Peer Review In his article on PubMed Central, the NIH's new electronic archive of biomedical research,...
Our China Illusions
America is in the midst of a supposedly great debate over China policy. Congress will soon hold a seemingly momentous vote on whether to extend indefinitely China's trading rights in the United States. The Clinton administration and the business community...
Playing Soldier
Young Hollywood actors like to boast of the hellish basic training they go through to star in war movies like Saving Private Ryan or U-571. Their stories are always similar. The message is always the same: Playing soldier will make a man of you. ...
Requiem for a Public Defender
JOHNNY MOSTILER, WHO DIED OF A HEART ATTACK IN APRIL, WAS THE ARCHETYPE OF THE "MEET `EM, GREET `EM, AND PLEAD `EM" LAWYER; HE REPRESENTED 900 FELONY CASES PER YEAR. AS THE PUBLIC DEFENDER SYSTEM COLLAPSES, IS JUSTICE (AND THE SIXTH AMENDMENT RIGHT...
Rights under the Knife
The Congress that made the impeachment of President Clinton its first item of business is now approaching its end with little to brag about. During the impeachment, I disagreed with liberals who thought the proceedings were an unmitigated disaster....
Sandy's Moment SEEKING THE PROGRESSIVE MIDDLE GROUND ON TRADE AND GLOBALIZATION
Sandy Levin, a veteran Democratic congressman from a heavily unionized district in suburban Detroit, has a problem. Crowded into his Capitol Hill office are a couple dozen union representatives who have come to talk to him about China's accession to...
The Real Risk for Gore
Al Gore's problem is that he's acting as if he's desperate to be president, but sounding as if he doesn't want to do anything new once elected. Talk about a mixed message. Voters could understand why someone would be driven to get into the Oval Office...
The Tax Cut Nobody Wants
How important are tax cuts? Judging from the campaigns of the major presidential candidates, you'd think they were pretty important. Republican George W. Bush has made a huge, broad-based tax cut--$483 billion over five years, as much as $1.7 trillion...
The Taxonomist
SURPLUSES: RUMORS OF MORE Don't be surprised if later this year the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the White House sharply raise their projections of future budget surpluses--perhaps by $1 trillion or more over the next 10 years, not even...
The Wrong Whipping Boy
Critics of the World Trade Organization (WTO) have painted a distorted picture of its role and power. The liberal trade regime the WTO seeks to promote neither encourages nor inhibits the efforts of nations to balance market objectives with social...
Whose Rules for Globalism?
As this spring's congressional debate heats up over ratification of the recent China-U.S. trade agreement, the mainstream media have once again ragged out the hoary morality play on "free trade." On the dark side are protectionist unions, irresponsible...

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