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. 13, No. 5, March 11

All Grown Up and Really Dense. (Devil in the Details)
WE'VE NEVER REALLY SUBscribed to the adage that "all you really need to know you learned in kindergarten"--but lately, it's become clear that the KidsPost, a daffy Washington Post feature for children that runs on the back of the "Style" section, is...
A Plan for Peace: The Solution for the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict-Once the Two Sides Decide That They Want a Solution-Is Clear
THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT IS SURELY the most protracted international dispute since the end of the Second World War. Today, however, it is easy to forget that over the past 25 years, various important and encouraging advances have occurred in...
Beat the Press: Does the White House Have a Media Blacklist? (Gazette)
IT'S SAFE TO SAY THAT BOB WOODward doesn't have much trouble getting his calls to the White House returned. If Woodward's latest opus for The Washington Postman interminable eight-parter titled "10 Days in September" co-reported with Dan Balz--is any...
Benching Bush's Nominees. (Networks)
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF a judge who's published fewer than 10 percent of his opinions? You might think that he's hiding something because his record reflects an unsuitable judicial temperament or extreme views on such subjects as race and reproductive...
Costs a Bundle and Can't Fly: Dubious Weapons Systems Reap a Bush Budget Bonanza. (Gazette)
FOR THE PAST DECADE, NUMEROUS career military officers and defense analysts--whose politics run the gamut from left to right--have held that U.S. combat in the twenty-first century probably won't mean grand, conventional battles with large standing...
Deal Breakers: Though Most American Jews Favor a Negotiated Settlement in the Mideast, Two Powerful Jewish Organizations Have Worked Successfully to Thwart One
IN SPITE OF GROWING AFFLUENCE AND ONGOING assimilation, Jews remain one of the most liberal groups in American society. And although concern about Israel's security has pushed some of them to the right, a majority have supported the Mideast peace process,...
Elvis Is Dead. (the Critics Tabloids)
ONE DEPENDS UPON A tabloid like The National Enquirer, whether surreptitiously in the supermarket checkout line, or luxuriantly and unapologetically over a nice bowl of soup, to be sleazy in its journalistic style, juicy in its revelations, skewering...
Energy Forever. (Correspondence)
ON SEPTEMBER 11, OUR chronic energy crisis went critical. According to Amory B. Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins's two-part article ["Mobilizing Energy Solutions," January 28 (mistakenly titled "Supply-Side Stupor"), and "Energy Forever," February 11],...
History, Hard-Boiled. (Pulp Culture)
"I FOLLOWED ... WITH MANY OTHER officers who were in the same situation as myself and succeeded in reaching Candahar in safety, where I found my regiment, and at once entered upon my new duties. The campaign brought honours and promotion to many, but...
Jazz and Justice. (Devil in the Details)
THE CITY THAT GAVE nineteenth-century America a respite from Puritan morals and that brought jazz to the world at the outset of the twentieth century has already made a signal contribution to the new millennium. On February 2, New Orleans voters went...
Lunatic League Formed. (Devil in the Details)
Time was when Jude Wanniski was the reigning prophet of supply-side economics--the guru of Wall Street Journal editor Robert Bartley and all those who believed that the benefits of cutting taxes exceeded any need for either an active government or...
One for Oil. (the Taxonomist)
UNTIL THIS FEBRUARY, I HAD NO IDEA THAT WE HAD AN "assistant secretary of energy for fossil energy," although it turns out there's been one for decades. What does an ASOEFFE do? The current and ninth occupant of this position, Carl Michael Smith, helpfully...
Outside Shot: Can the Next NCAA President Reform College Sports? (Gazette)
DURING THE WINTER OF HIS junior year at tiny Albion College in Michigan, Dolph Grundman saw his basketball coach make an unusual decision: One of the team's seldom-used forwards asked if he could skip a game at nearby Olivet College to study for an...
Second Thoughts. (Comment)
WHEN THE WORLD TRADE Center was attacked, some progressives went, almost reflexively, into antiwar mode. Most, however, supported military action, because the incineration of innocents in the heart of Manhattan was so appalling; because the Taliban...
Sectual Discrimination. (on the Contrary)
REBECCA AND DAVID CORNEAU OF ATTLEBORO, Massachusetts, are Christian fundamentalists who belong to a small sect called The Body. Like Christian Scientists, they reject modern medical care in accordance with their religious beliefs. Unlike Christian...
Shooting Dumas's Dog. (the Critics Film)
THERE IS POETRY--OR A GOOD rhyme, at least--in the fact that Disney's new adaptation of Alexandre Dumas's 1845 novel The Count of Monte Cristo was written by a man better known as a producer and creator of TV game shows. Jay Wolpert has labored for...
Snatching Defeat: Bush Doesn't Want to Push Peace. Why Not? (below the Beltway)
THE UNITED STATES SCORED a great military and diplomatic victory in Afghanistan. It drove out a hostile regime. It dealt a serious, though not fatal, blow to the al-Qaeda terrorist network and assembled a coalition against radical Islam that stretched...
Suddenly Serviceable. (Correspondence)
RICHARD JUST'S ARTICLE "Suddenly Serviceable" [January 1-14] should be widely read, especially by America's high-school and college students. The article is both thought-provoking and a call to action for young people. The horrors of September 11 have...
The Democrats' Energy Problem. (Comment)
IT IS NOT MUCH MORE THAN A year since the 2000 presidential election was finally decided, but it seems like an eternity. The Republicans have now accomplished what they were unable to achieve at the polls: They have gained decisive control of the national...

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