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. 23, November 6

A Better Kind of Wealth Tax
Republicans claim it is unfair to impose a "death tax" on income already taxed during a person's lifetime. House Majority Leader Dick Armey said that it is like "someone showing up at the funeral home and saying, 'Hi, I'm from the government, and I'm...
As Reviewed on Amazon
I first delved into the reviews posted by readers on Amazon.com for utilitarian reasons. I will soon be publishing a serious nonfiction book; I wanted to now what kind of attention such a book could expect to get from this particular sample of the...
Blame Government First
The exploding Firestone tires on Ford vehicles set off significant aftershocks in the media and government. While the car company and the tire manufacturer blamed each other, the Senate Commerce Committee took both companies to task at a high-profile...
Civics as Politics
Voting turnout is very likely to decline again this year. Some of the decline reflects the fact that both candidates are widely seen as boring. But dwindling voter interest also represents a long-term trend. In this issue of the Prospect, "Rousing...
Election Blues
At first, voting was a pleasure. I got to vote for George McGovern. Since then, I've voted with genuine enthusiasm for several senators and congressmen (I don't think I've ever had the chance to vote for a congresswoman), and a few statewide and local...
No Holds Barred
Congress is supposed to represent the voters, and it sometimes does. Although much of the left opposed welfare reform, the final bill probably reflected what a majority of voters wanted Congress to do. Likewise budget balance. Yet when issues impinge...
Placebo Politics: Health Care Reform Requires Strong Medicine. the Election-Year Rhetoric Makes Us Feel Better-But It Is Deferring a Real Cure
Health care is back on the political front burner. Not that anyone is talking about a major overhaul, like the ill-fated Clinton plan that banished the issue from polite political discourse for nearly six years. Instead, both George W. Bush and Al...
Political Matchmaking Made Easy
Which statement more accurately describes your political outlook: "We will all be called before God on Judgment Day to answer for our sins," or "I don't believe we will have to answer for our sins on Judgment Day"? It may seem like an odd question....
Race to the Goal Line
The scene looks like the boot camp episode that figures in countless war movies. In dead quiet of night, young men are rudely roused from their sleep. Ordered to run their hearts out, they slip-slide across treacherous terrain, willing themselves not...
Rousing the Democratic Base: While Most Campaign Strategists Focus High-Tech Tools on Narrow Slivers of the Electorate, Labor and the NAACP Are Going Back to Basics: Organizing Voters to Talk to Voters about the Issues
If Al Gore finds himself standing across from Chief Justice Rehnquist, taking the oath of office in January, it would be fitting if Paul Lemmon were holding the Bible. As Pennsylvania state director for the national AFL-CIO, it's Lemmon's job to make...
Runaway Republicans
Republican Mike Ferguson is wing for a hotly contested open seat in central New Jersey. He's running squarely in the center, playing up his commitment to improving the public schools and passing gun control legislation. The one taboo: any talk of George...
Should Jews Be Parochial? the Latest Trend in Jewish Philanthropy Is to Reinforce Jewish Identity with Everything from Hip Dating Bars to Jewish Day Schools. Is This Good for Liberal Society? Is It Good for the Jews?
On a warm Sunday in September, Michael Steinhardt, maverick hedge fund operator turned Jewish philanthropist, was showing a group of fellow donors around his private zoo. Located on his 51-acre estate in Mount Kisco, New York, an hour north of Manhattan...
Southern Comfort: How Conservative Democrats from the South May Win Back the House-By Taking a Page from Al Gore's Liberal Playbook
When Democratic strategists scratch their pointy heads, searching for places where their party might pick up House seats in November, they do not typically look to the South. For Democrats, after all, the South has for decades been a region not of...
Squeak or Sweep?
A year ago in these pages, I described the 2000 contest as a "parliamentary election." With both the House and Senate so near the tipping point, the legislature and executive are genuinely at stake at the same time, as they typically are, though in...
Street Life
In the midst of a bachelor party on FOX's new how The Street (premiering November 1), a fast-talking securities salesman named Freddie pulls out a wad of cash in an attempt to persuade two strippers to provide extra services. Standing in bikinis and...
Swearing off Soft Money-Sort Of
As the most expensive Senate race in the country ($63.4 million raised by all candidates as of September 20), the New York contest between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republican Representative Rick Lazio is drawing almost as much attention as the presidential...
Thanks, but No Thanks
Become a teacher? Not likely That's how most New York City teenagers responded to a recent poll asking them if they would be interested in a career as a city teacher. Although the majority of the young people, who included high school and college students,...
The Liverwurst Solution
George W. Bush and Al Gore are talking the education talk, but neither is walking the education walk. By far the biggest obstacle to upward mobility in this prosperous nation is the lousy schools so many poorer kids attend. But neither candidate comes...
The Supreme Solution
Who will control the holy sites of Jerusalem? Israelis? Palestinians? Both? It's an old conundrum--and, as the latest round of violence sparked by a dispute over the Temple Mount area suggested once again, an intractable one. Now another answer...
The Virtual Campaign
On Labor Day weekend, just as the presidential campaign was shifting into high gear, the Gore-Lieberman "war room" in Nashville faced a meltdown unthinkable even a few years ago. The computer system's server went down, isolating the press operation...

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