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. 15, August 27

A Right to Vote
Amazingly, the Constitution fails to guarantee the most basic of Democratic rights. OF EVERYTHING WE LEARNED about American politics from the Supreme Court's ruling in Bush v. Gore last December, nothing was more important than the Court's insistence...
Bad Neighbors
An international court that exempted U.S. citizens would not sit well with other nations. BILL PASSED BY THE HOUSE in May--mislabeled the "American Servicemembers Protection Act"--seeks to achieve by intimidation what the United States could not...
Countdown on Korea
Will U.S. hard-liners torpedo South Korea's rapprochement with the North? TO MANY AMERICANS, NORTH KOREA IS THE archetypal rogue state, a regime motivated by paranoid hostility to the outside world and dangerously armed with nuclear weapons. Propped...
Criminally Unjust
IT'S NO COINCIDENCE THAT DEclining support for capital punishment has been accompanied by increased mistrust of law enforcement and discomfort with the war on drugs. A relative lull in violent crime during the 1990s contributed to a reconsideration...
Don't Mess with Mother Revenue
LOTS OF CAREER EMPLOYEES AT THE IRS WERE annoyed at the partisan tone of the tax-rebate letters the agency mailed out in July. The IRS has a long apolitical tradition, and its workers felt uncomfortable with a letter that made them appear to be shilling...
Drug Bust
WHAT IN THE WORLD are prescription-drug discount cards? After President Bush's midsummer announcement of a plan to endorse these private-sector marketing gimmicks through Medicare, many in the media appeared flummoxed. The papers duly reported on Democrat-Republican...
Fiscal Irresponsibility
IT'S TIME TO STRIKE THE TERM "fiscal responsibility" from responsible political rhetoric. Few terms in public discourse have moved as directly as this one has from imprecision to meaninglessness without any intervening period of coherence. Democrats...
Free Fall
IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT THE Bush administration could be in so much trouble on so many fronts. Just in the past few weeks, Bush has found himself politically isolated on the issues of stem cell research, offshore oil drilling, prescription benefits...
Free Market Shock
California isn't a unique failure. Electricity and deregulation just don't mix. THE CALIFORNIA ENERGY CRISIS ISN'T OVER: IT'S ONLY in remission, thanks to a massive statewide commitment to conservation, a mild summer, and the judicious retreat by...
Girl Wanted: Must Be Able to Mange
FEELING IDEALISTIC? THE following job description recently appeared online at www.idealist.org, a global directory of opportunities at mostly left-leaning nonprofit groups. PERIVATE SECRETARY TO THE CHAIRMAN IHRC JOB CATEGORY: Administration...
Hard-Time Kids
Handing down adult prison sentences to juvenile criminals isn't solving their problems--or ours. AN INTERNATIONAL OUTCRY AROSE LAST WINTER when the state of Florida tried 14-year-old Lionel Tate as an adult and sentenced the boy to life in prison...
Overruling the Court
The Supreme Court has been interpreting civil rights laws narrowly. It's time for Congress to intervene. ONE OF THE MYTHS OF OUR political system is that the Supreme Court has the last word on the scope and meaning of federal law. But time and time...
Robots and Actors
STEVEN SPIELBERG'S A.I. IS NEIther the worst nor the best movie he has ever made, but it is certainly the strangest. Our initial tendency is to attribute this to the involvement of Stanley Kubrick, who collaborated with Spielberg on the project for...
Transpotting
WE WERE STANDING IN our neighbors' house--I must have been five or six--next to a diaper-changing table, where the moms were cooing over a new baby. Suddenly I was dizzyingly puzzled by how adults knew whether that blurry lump of flesh was a girl or...

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