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. 24, January 13

Alien Nation: The Justice Department Takes on Immigrants, er, Terrorists. (Gazette)
IN THE MIDST OF THE WASHINGTON-AREA sniper attacks last fall, Montgomery County (Md.) Police Chief Charles Moose was forced to make an unusual televised appeal to immigrants. "Perhaps some of our immigrant community members feel like there would be...
And the Winner Is ... Unclear. Nevertheless, Here's a Look at the Year in Film. (the Critics Film)
ONE LEAF FIBRILLATING ON an otherwise naked bough, and a wind that seems to stain the lungs with ice: It's that time of year, so let's start rounding it up, let's start making our lists. Best films of 2002? Surveying the movie landscape of the past...
Better Living through Fudbol: How Nation Building Fares in Bosnia after September 11. (Civics)
WHEN I ARRIVED IN Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, last August, everyone was buzzing about the upcoming soccer match between local club Zeljeznicar and the British team Newcastle United. No one really expected the Bosnians to win, but...
Corporate Control of North America: And How to Bring NAFTA under Popular Governance
THE BUSINESS INTERESTS THAT PROMOTED THE North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have gotten their money's worth. Since the agreement went into effect in January 1994, American and Canadian corporations have moved production and jobs south to take...
Gored by the Media Bull: Why the Past Would Have Been Prologue for Al in 2004
WE MAY NEVER KNOW THE REAL REASON AL Gore opted to bow out of the presidential race last month. In his interview announcing this decision on 60 Minutes, the former vice president said he wanted the 2004 race to be about the future, not the past. While...
Having It Both Ways on Race. (Comment)
THE TRENT LOTT AFFAIR REMINDS us of the American capacity for mass denial, particularly where race is concerned. Republican racism, certainly, is an open secret. It isn't limited to good-old-boy senators from Mississippi or South Carolina who are relics...
House Rules: Nancy Pelosi, Tom DeLay and the Media's Double Standard. (Gazette)
IT WAS HARDLY A SURPRISE THAT Republicans didn't waste any time calling Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) names once Democrats elected her House minority leader. Wesley Pruden, the editor-in-chief of The Washington Times, named her the Democrats' "new prom...
In the Mississippi Mud. (Devil in the Details)
AND WHAT GIVES WITH Lott's hero worship of Jefferson Davis? In the aftermath of the Civil War--which in the South lasted for only about the first no years after Appomattox--the great heroes of the Lost Cause were the South's military leaders, not its...
New Gang, Old Myths: And Things to Look for in the Coming Tax Debate. (the Taxonomist)
WHEN GEORGE W. BUSH HIRED A NEW ECONOMIC TEAM in early December, the press speculated that the change might bring a glimmer of fiscal sanity to the administration's economic policies. Don't bet on it. As Stephen Moore of the anti-tax, big-deficit Club...
Post-Gore Democrats. (Comment)
GORE IS GONE, AND THE RACE for the Democratic nomination in 2004 is so wide open, says one Democratic pollster, "The plausibility of why-not-me? candidacies has just exploded." This isn't 1992, when Mario Cuomo's decision not to run failed to prompt...
Some Mideast Realism, Please: The War on Terrorism Hinges on Renewing the Peace Process. (below the Beltway)
AS GEORGE KENNAN OBSERVED 50 years ago in American Diplomacy, American foreign policy has been periodically affected by bouts of evangelical idealism, which date from the country's Puritan founding and which have led Americans to seek to transform...
States of Decline: Does Bush Care about the Republican Governors? (Gazette)
EIGHT YEARS AGO, CONNECTICUT'S economy was in decline," the campaign ad flashed across television screens last spring. "Thousands of jobs lost. Taxes going up. Education failing. Governor John Rowland set out to change all that and today the positive...
Surprise, Surprise! Two Other Items of Interest
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A RAP STAR It's not Eminem in 8 Mile. No, the finest exhibition of hip-hop thespianism came courtesy of Sean "P. Diddy" Combs in Marc Forster's turbulent, clouded Monster's Ball. Combs plays Lawrence Musgrove, a prisoner on death...
The Bench Tilts. (Devil in the Details)
DO REPUBLICAN JUDGES have any sense of honor at all? First, the all-power-to-the-states gang of five on the Supreme Court overthrows the sovereignty of Florida courts over Florida law to ensure the election of George W. Bush--noting in passing that...
The DLC Flunks Politics 101: Why Democrats Need Their Base-As Well as Swing Voters. (Gazette)
DEMOCRATS HAVE A PENCHANT for circular firing squads, particularly in the wake of electoral defeat. Once more, a first salvo has come from the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), which has made its name sniping at other Democrats. In a confidential...
The High and the Mighty: Bush's National-Security Strategy and the New American Hubris
EVERY NATION SEES ITSELF AS BEING IN SOME WAY exceptional. Only the United States, though, has tried to develop foreign policies that reflect its exceptionalism. While other countries are content--or obliged--to practice a balance-of-power politics...
Westward Ho! How Democrats Are Connecting in a Rural, Republican Region. (Gazette)
PAT WILLIAMS WAS HAPPY to get back to Montana. "It was like going to an island of victory to be in Helena," says the former nine-term member of Congress. A Democratic progressive, Williams witnessed the election-day desperation of his party in the...