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. 26, December 18

American Gothic
It has long been clear to feminists that crusades against witchcraft reflect a primal fear of feminine power and aim to punish women, most brutally, for transgressing gender roles. But if accusations of witchcraft are useful as instruments of social...
Correspondence
THE RETURN OF STATES' RIGHTS TO THE EDITORS: The article "The Return of States' Rights" by Cass R. Sunstein in the November 20, 2000, issue is superb and a much neglected aspect of political evolution. What is involved is a reversal of the outcome...
Echo Chamber of Horrors
Let's get one thing straight right from the get-go. We would rather be last in reporting returns than be wrong.... If we say somebody has carried a state, you can pretty much take it to the bank, book it that that's true. --DAN RATHER, CBS News,...
Folktales
"It's amazing how you always manage to work anal intercourse into the conversation," Debbie, the colorful waitress-with-a-heart-of-gold and suffocatingly supportive mother of one of the central characters on Showtime's Queer as Folk (premiering December...
It's Not Time to Cut Taxes
Federal personal-income-tax revenues jumped by 11 percent in fiscal 2000, adjusted for inflation. That capped the strongest five-year real growth in personal income taxes that the United States has experienced since the 1960s. In fact, at 10 percent...
Land Mass Follies
Despite media and pollster predictions to the contrary, George W. Bush lost the nation's popular vote to Al Gore on November 7. But according to Republican howitzers Rush Limbaugh, David Horowitz, and others, he won something more important: the most...
Lessons for Next Time
After trailing for almost all of the last six weeks before the election, Al Gore wound up the victor in the popular vote on November 7, nosing out George W. Bush 48.6 percent to 48.3 percent. Where did all these Gore voters come from? First and...
Pandemonium
As more Americans become disengaged from politics, America's political class has declared civil war. The 2000 election is a case in point. Prior to election day, it was dull, lifeless, and tightly scripted. The candidates fulminated over their differing...
Party Schools
How the Republicans Skew State Aid to Education Is there really no longer a difference in the education policies of the major parties? Consider this year's election campaign: While the Al Gore ticket boasted a vice presidential candidate on record...
Patenting Life
Public science financed breakthroughs in genetic research--so why are private firms allowed to patent genes? The backlash against gene patenting is heating up, and not a moment too soon. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has already granted more...
Places of Peace
In George Washington, a remarkable new director has fashioned his own universe out of the raw materials of our own. George Washington opens on a close-up of a boy's sneakered feet carefully maneuvering along a rusted beam. Dusted in sunlight, it...
Ralph Burns Down the House
While the nation focuses on the still-contested presidential election Ralph Nader threw into question, the effect his campaign had on Democrats running for Congress has gone largely unnoticed. From the outset of his effort, Nader argued that even if...
Reforming Reform
Even as it prepares for yet another attempt to ban unregulated soft money in the form of the modest McCain-Feingold bill, the movement for campaign finance reform is further than ever from its goal of getting money out of politics. That's because...
Ripe Hypocrisy in Florida
As the Democrats' legal hurricane rages across the citrus orchards of the Sunshine State, a stench is emanating from the orange groves--and it isn't the smell of the Everglades. The Gore campaign has sunk to new lows by turning to the federal judiciary...
The Ficklest Voter
As the Dow rose with the sun on the morning of November 8 after a chaotic and unresolved election, the Wall Street talking heads checked in with what they clearly believe to be the country's most important political constituent: the stock market. Philip...
The Other Republican
Had November 7 put an end to this year's campaign frenzy as election days normally do, political analysts would now be focusing much more attention on the Republicans--unexpectedly strong showing in the House--and on the man who has as solid a claim...
Where the Right Lost
After the muddled 2000 election and the evenly divided Congress it produced, it didn't take any special wisdom for the pundits to conclude that nobody got a mandate and that voters were too split to send any clear signal. But on some major issues,...
Who Governs?
Whoever wins, this will be the election that was stolen. Republicans have played the nastier hardball, throwing around phrases like coup d'etat, questioning the very legitimacy of courts to decide questions of law, intimidating vote counters, and shamelessly...
Why Negro Humor Is So Black
Let us now, at long last, praise all those Negro humorists from years gone by. Some still with us, but so many gone. Moms Mabley and Pigmeat Markham and Redd Foxx and Flip Wilson and Bert Williams and Amos `n' Andy, gone. Stepin Fetchit, gone. Dick...

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