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. 17, September 24

A Proper Global Agenda
THESE DAYS, ANY OFFICIAL organization with the word "International," "World," or "Global" in its title has to worry about where it meets, check in with the riot police, and pray for rain. Washington is already girding itself for the International Monetary...
Auto Erratic
TWO OR THREE TIMES A day, perfect strangers come up to me in the parking lot at the grocery store or the bank and ask about my hybrid car, a Toyota Prius. STRANGER: How do you like your car? ME: I love it--it's great. STRANGER: Does it really...
Body Politics
THE WOMEN'S MOVEMENT--AND PROGRESSIVE politics--faces a pivotal moment. On the one hand, the fundamentalist right has a powerful ally in the White House, and insidious incursions are already restricting reproductive choice. We could be one or two Supreme...
Borderline Sanity
U.S.Mexican-immigration policy is utter folly. But the Bush administration, partly for cynical reasons, is opening an opportunity to reform it. UNITED STATES POLICY TOWARD MEXICAN IMMIGRATION is suddenly on the table again. The Bush administration...
Building Blocks
It's September and the return of yellow school buses and back-to-school sales reminds us that a record 53 million kids are heading back to the classroom. Of those children, nearly four million will be starting kindergarten this year. The good news...
Class Trip
WHAT AMERICANS NOWADAYS fear most is not death, suggests satirist Joe Queenan, one of several commentators in the PBS documentary People Like Us: Social Class in America (first airing September 23). It's that others won't think they're cool. "It's...
Comic-Book Realism
I REALLY WANTED TO READ DANIEL Clowes's Ghost World before Terry Zwigoff's film version appeared, but I was having a hard time getting hold of it. Amazon.com had it backordered; my local Borders didn't carry it; and frankly, I didn't think to check...
Correspondence
Parental Discretion Advised LEAH PLATT'S REVIEW OF my book Not in Front of the Children contains numerous misstatements ["Parental Discretion Advised," TAP, August 27, 2001]. Platt says that I "sidestep the debate over media violence and pornography"--hardly...
Hard Cell
The Ethics and Politics of Stem Cell Research PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH'S AUGUST 9, 2001, address to the nation on embryonic stem cells was an exercise in politico-moral bumper bowling. He acknowledged the hopes of desperate patients and their families,...
How Pro-Lifers Promote Death
WHEN HER HUSBAND RAN OFF with another woman, Goma Bogati was left destitute with three young children. Speaking to an interviewer from her prison cell in September 1997, the 34-year-old Nepali described the events leading to her arrest: After a few...
Irrationalist in Chief
The Real Problem with Leon Kass We, on the other hand, with our dissection of cadavers, organ transplantation, cosmetic surgery, body shops, laboratory fertilization, surrogate wombs, gender-change surgery, "wanted" children, "rights over our bodies,"...
Let the Games Begin!
SOONER THAN ANYONE IMAGINED ONLY A FEW MONTHS ago, the inevitable conflict between the Bush tax cuts and public programs has come to a head. In January the Congressional Budget Office told us to expect hundreds of billions of dollars in budget surpluses...
Making Choice Real
Intimidation and state restrictions have narrowed access to abortion. One hopeful harbinger: Medical students are organizing to expand options. THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF ROE V. WADE IN JANUARY of 1998 was a bittersweet celebration. While pro-choice...
New Options, New Politics
How the Morning-After Pill and RU-486 Increase Women's Choices and Illustrate the Extremism of the "Right to Life" Camp IN RECENT YEARS, MEDICAL SCIENCE HAS DEVISED NEW options for very early termination of unwanted pregnancy, measures that did...
Pharma Buys a Conscience
Bioethicists increasingly find their work underwritten by pharmaceutical companies. Who passes on the ethics of ethicists? I WAS RAISED IN A HOUSE FILLED WITH DRUG-INDUSTRY trinkets. My father has been a family doctor for more than 40 years, and...
Politics of Identity
GEORGE W. BUSH OPPOSES affirmative action, at least in theory; in practice he has an affirmative-action record that might have made Bill Clinton proud. According to Time magazine, Bush "has appointed more women to positions of power and influence than...
Reproductive Roulette
There's no evidence that chastity education works. IN 1996 THE NEWLY REPUBLICAN Congress approved nearly $440 million in public funds over five years to teach celibacy. The law comes up for renewal next year. The local programs supported under this...
Selling Private Ryan
Stephen Ambrose, Tom Brokaw, Steven Spielberg, and the Abuse of Nostalgia THIS JUNE, FOR THE SECOND TIME IN THEIR LIVES, the men of Easy Company invaded Normandy. It was considerably easier than the first time. From New York City, the surviving...
Solidarity Sometimes
NOTHING DIVIDES THE labor movement like a good city election. To watch the calculus of narrow self-interest play out in the scrambled union endorsements of candidates in this month's New York mayoral primary is to be grateful that all politics isn't...
Stealing Tocqueville?
FOR YEARS HARPER AND ROW featured a blurb on the front cover of George Lawrence's 1966 translation of Alexis de Tocqueville's classic Democracy in America: "Tocqueville, whose brilliance has always been granted by academics, is now accessible to readers...
Tax and Spend
PRESIDENT BUSH INSISTED that we could afford both a tax cut and the shoring up of Social Security. He was dead wrong. So the Democrats could hardly pick a better set of galvanizing issues. But as Robert Borosage points out in "The Austerity Trap" (see...
The Austerity Trap
Bush is vulnerable on spending priorities and the tax cut, but Dems are promoting the economics of Coolidge. THIS IS JUNIOR'S `READ MY lips,'" gloats former Clinton campaign adviser Paul Begala. Bush has broken his pledge not to dip into the Social...
The Partial-Birth Fraud
How the Anti-Abortion Movement Turned a Contrived Procedure into a Political Battle Flag and Snookered Congress and the Press THE ARTICLE WAS BURIED FAR DOWN IN SECTION A of The New York Times on Wednesday, February 26, 1997. But it hit supporters...
The Sex-Ed Divide
An abstinence curriculum roils Osseo, Minnesota. IF MAPLE GROVE SENIOR HIGH CHOSE A PROM QUEEN, Ashley Gort would have had a good shot at the crown. Ashley, a petite and popular junior with delicate features, wore deep-sea blue to the event, accessorizing...
The Sound of Silence
Bush's gag rule denies family-planning funds to clinics in the third world if they even mention abortion. It is undermining a lot more than abortion rights. I AM HERE TODAY IN THE UNITED STATES TO TESTIFY about the impact of the global gag rule,"...
Will Choice Be Aborted?
The New Battle for Public Opinion AMERICANS ARE PROFOUNDLY AMBIVALENT ABOUT abortion. A majority of voters accept the formulation of the pro-choice movement that abortion should be legal, safe, and rare. Yet most Americans consider the procedure...

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