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. 4, February 25

A Parade to Oblivion: That's Where America's Steel Companies May End Up If President Bush and the Congress Don't Heed the United Steelworkers and Act Fast
WHEN EMPLOYEES AT THE STEEL MANUFACturer LTV cheered the resignation last November of the corporation's chief executive--he had been brought in only a year earlier to save the company--it was a telling sign. Steelworkers, who bristled at CEO William...
A Scandal for Our Time: Republicans Ruled; Ergo, Enron
THE ENRON AFFAIR IS SHAPING UP AS QUITE POSsibly the largest political and financial scandal in American history. Untold billions of dollars have vanished down the drain in the biggest bankruptcy filing ever. Political connections ensnare every level...
Bait and Switch: How Alan Greenspan Snookered the Democrats. (Gazette)
THERE IS A MOMENT IN EVERY successful con game when the victim thinks that he or she has gotten the better of the deal. Thus, going into the 2000 elections, Democrats congratulated themselves on having become the party of fiscal responsibility. Urged...
Beyond Kyoto Lite: The Bush Administration's Absence from the Global-Warming Talks Could Actually Lead Other Nations to Pursue a Bolder Approach
AT THE END OF THE HOTTEST OCTOBER ON RECORD, delegates from 165 countries met in Marrakech last fall to finalize the Kyoto Protocol on global climate change. At first glance, the Kyoto goals seem negligible: By 2012, greenhouse gases must be cut to...
Controlling Pakistan's Nukes. (Correspondence)
IN HIS REFERENCE TO TWO articles in the Pakistani newspaper Dawn that announced our visit to Pakistan, Ramindar Singh concludes, or strongly suggests, from this evidence alone that these visits indicate that the United States "has taken effective control...
Correspondence
The following is part two of an exchange among professors Cass Sunstein, Laurence Tribe, and George P. Fletcher in response to Fletcher's article "War and the Constitution," [TAP, January 1-14, 2002]. Part one appeared in the February 11 issue of TAP....
Getting Lay: Will Enron's Top Brass Go to Jail? (below the Beltway)
SOMETIME IN MID-JANUARY, THE worm turned for Enron executives. You could see it in the way George W. Bush raced to distance himself from his friend Kenneth L. Lay, like Prince Hal denouncing Falstaff: "I know thee not, old man. Fall to thy prayers."...
Hard Road for Soft Money. (Networks)
WITH ENRON WIND AT their backs, advocates for a "soft money" ban are getting a lift, but perhaps a treacherous one. Americans for Reform (www.americans4reform.org), a coalition of more than 40 organizations that range from traditional good-government...
Heavy Lifting. (on the Contrary)
PLAGIARISM CHARGES AGAINST POP HISTORIAN Stephen Ambrose are mounting; as I write this column, as many as six of his books have been found to include passages lifted from other writers without attribution. Scandals like this erupt periodically: Gail...
Instant Ideas. (Networks)
ELECTORAL REFORM IN CONGRESS MAY have a positive impact for those pushing instant runoff voting (IRV). With nearly $3 billion likely to be flowing to the states to modernize voting equipment, IRV has become technically feasible. In an IRV system,...
Raw Loathing. (the Critics Film)
I SUSPECT FILMMAKER TODD Solondz of being the sort of man who has difficulties with public transport. I imagine him staggering gray-faced off the bus with his sense of self almost erased by the stink and proximity of his fellow man; or hanging grim...
Rush to Judgment. (Devil in the Details)
WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS picture? In Congress, Democrats rejoice that they have enough signatures to force a vote on the Shays-Meehan campaign-finance-reform bill, which is supposed to reduce the sway of big money over congressional elections. Just five...
Stop the Press: Why the Media Missed Latin America's Collapse. (Gazette)
AS ARGENTINA SANK INTO its worst economic crisis ever, a January 9 Associated Press story blamed "the greed of international investors and bad timing by the International Monetary Fund and the U.S. Treasury." The New York Times was equally scathing:...
The Gospel According to Lewis. (Fantasia)
LAST JUNE, BEFORE HOBBITS and Harry Potter began crowding out all other arts coverage, The New York Times ran a front-page story about The Chronicles of Narnia, the seven-volume series of children's fantasy books written by the English novelist C.S....
The Great Recusal. (Editorial)
THE ENRON SCANDAL SHOULD ring down the curtain on a whole philosophy of free-market capitalism and a whole style of government-corporate cronyism. It should launch a national movement to leash the corrupt power of money in politics so that legislators...
Too Cool to Comprehend. (Devil in the Details)
THIS PAST DECEMBER, WE ran into a very successful investment banker and asked him about his firm's Enron exposure. "We haven't been in Enron for the past year," he replied. "We couldn't figure out what it was they were doing." Mind you, he didn't...
Toxic Haste: New York's Media Rush to Judgment on New York's Air. (Gazette)
AFTER THE WORLD TRADE Center fell, many shaken New Yorkers took unexpected comfort in numbers. As the mayor's initial order for 10,000 body bags was gradually displaced by an increasingly verifiable estimated body count, the calamity began, strangely,...
Where's Bill? Fiddling with His Legacy-And His Party. (Gazette)
FORMER PRESIDENT BILL Clinton was enjoying a holiday break in Mexico with his wife and daughter when an SUV killed his chocolate lab, Buddy, near his home in Chappaqua, New York. If the dog had not died, few would have known that Clinton was on vacation....
Why Is the Right So Happy about Ted Kennedy? (the Taxonomist)
ACCORDING TO PRESS REPORTS, REPUBLICAN INTEREST groups are "salivating" over a proposal by Senator Edward Kennedy to reduce the size of the Bush tax cuts. The Massachusetts Democrat wants to eliminate about $280 billion of the $1.35 trillion in tax...

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