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. 6, April 9

Be Careful What You Pray For
George W. Bush has taken pains to emphasize that his plans for faith-based initiatives are broad enough to encompass all religious sentiment. But if the experience of one college newspaper editor is an indicator, tolerance has its limits. The point...
Between Law and Justice
In a modest hotel room, Bobby Esposito and Cynthia Bennington, two young assistant district attorneys, have just made love for the first time. For the high-toned Bennington, the occasion is a breakthrough. "I've never had an orgasm before," she tells...
City of Tomorrow
Even by the fast-forward standards of California politics, where term limits bump off the entire state legislature every eight years, Antonio Villaraigosa has had a meteoric career. In the early 1990s, he was an organizer for the teachers' union, a...
Comparison Shopping
George W. Bush has crisscrossed the country touting his top political priority--a giant tax cut. While consistently exaggerating the benefit to the middle class, he has unfailingly neglected to mention that he would give the wealthiest 1 percent of...
Cornering the Airwaves
As the U.S. Senate gears up for a vote this spring on the campaign finance reform bill drafted by Arizona Republican John McCain and Wisconsin Democrat Russell Feingold, it would do well to consider a lament from one of its recent escapees: "Today's...
Crime and Rehabilitation
Pat Barker may be the most important progressive novelist to reach full artistic maturity in the past 10 years. The more famous she becomes, however, the less frequently do critics acknowledge her as an ardently political writer. Border Crossing, her...
Faith-Based Favoritism
I'm not gracious enough to resist saying, "I told you so," when I see rival religious groups fighting over federal funds. Only a few weeks after President George W. Bush announced a federal initiative to fund sectarian religious organizations, the...
Good Press for Dictators
Somewhere in Africa, a dictator sits in his presidential palace, alone and forlorn. Just recently, he deployed troops to quell an opposition rally and a few unarmed civilians were killed. Nothing out of the ordinary, really; but this time the international...
Lead Us Not into Temptation
The avatars of compassionate conservatism claim that religious groups can provide social services more effectively--and for less money--than government can. Don't be taken in. Shortly after George W. Bush announced the creation of the White House...
Not Your Father's Foreign Policy
The faces are familiar, but the dilemmas are new. Is the Bush team framing the right choices? In its first months, President George W. Bush's new foreign-policy team has gotten the wrong rap--an inane one that deflects attention away from the serious...
Party Poopers
Not long ago, the Democrats were taking comfort from their five-seat gain in the Senate and their 50-50 tie. But the Senate, it's now clear, is far from truly tied. On the John Ashcroft confirmation vote, Republicans held all their troops and eight...
Payback Time
If you would strike at the king, said Machiavelli, kill him. The underlying logic here applies to democracies as well as monarchies. If you put your all into bringing down a presidential candidate and come up short, expect him to come at you--hard....
Taking Care of Business
There's no longer any countervailing power in Washington. Business is in complete control of the machinery of government. If corporate America understood its long-term interest, it would use this unique moment to establish in the public's mind the...
The Executive-Class President
We are so used to a politics of blurred class interests in America that clarity is actually confusing. Throughout our history, the major parties have been economically heterogeneous, and the basic tenets of the American creed have denied any legitimacy...
The Taxonomist
BUSH'S PRESCRIPTIONS During the 2000 presidential campaign, George W. Bush tried very hard to persuade the public that he, like Al Gore, wanted to give senior citizens some real help in paying for the escalating cost of prescription drugs. But the...
Why Jesus Is Not a Regulator
One of the primary goals of President George W. Bush's new White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives is "to eliminate unnecessary legislative, regulatory, and other bureaucratic barriers that impede effective faith-based and other...
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