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. 7, April 8

A Belief in Force: Ariel Sharon's Decades-Old, Unworkable Plan for Palestine. (beyond the Beltway)
THE RULING ARRIVED LIKE A letter from another era, written in strange script, waiting to be deciphered. In mid-February, the Israeli supreme court upheld a lower-court decision, thereby dismissing Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's libel suit against the...
Ashes to Concrete. (on the Contrary)
PASTOR CHARLES CORNWELL OF CENTER POINT Baptist Church in Noble, Georgia, attributes the macabre dereliction of duty by local crematorium operator Ray Brent Marsh to sin: "Sin blinds us and sin makes us do dumb things." Neglecting to cremate more than...
Child-Care Quality Matters: The Whole Point of the Marriage Debate Is Healthier Children. with More Mothers Working, Custodial Day Care Just Isn't Enough. (Cover Story)
CHILD CARE IS A FACT OF LIFE IN AMERICA TODAY. More than two-thirds of all children under the age of five are cared for on a regular basis by someone other than a parent. These children may attend daycare centers or nursery schools, go to the home...
Control Freaks: Americans for Gun Safety Set out to Give Gun Control a Shot in the Arm. Instead, They May Give It a Shot to the Head. (Gazette)
"IT JUST SEEMED LIKE A LOT OF kids were getting killed with guns," mused Andrew McKelvey, recalling the days after the Columbine school shootings in 1999. "I said to myself, someone should do something about it." So McKelvey--a multimillionaire business...
Economics for Democrats: The Recession May Be over, but Not Everyone's Making out Fine. (Gazette)
A RECESSION WAS SUPPOSED to rescue the Democrats in next November s midterm election. Even if they had little else, Democratic strategists expected, they could bash Bush for a weak economy. But the recession evidently is over almost before it began,...
Family-Friendly Europe: Decent Wages and Generous Social Supports to Reconcile Work and Parenting Add Up to a Family Policy That's Smarter Than Marriage Promotion. (Cover Story)
THE BELIEF THAT SINGLE MOTHERHOOD IS THE preeminent cause of poverty in America has become a bipartisan cliche. The welfare reform enacted in 1996 was designed, among other things, to discourage single parenthood and to promote marriage. Yet a look...
Free Money: Take Some. (the Taxonomist)
SUPPOSE THE GOVERNMENT DECIDED TO PLACE BUSHEL baskets full of cash at every street corner, with the following note: "Please read the attached instructions and take the appropriate amount, if any, from the basket. Write your name, address, and the...
Hitting Home; Domestic Violence Is the Issue That Embarrasses Traditionalists. Today, despite Greater Awareness and a Variety of Model Programs, Partner Abuse Is Still Far Too Prevalent. (Cover Story)
A LEATHERY WOMAN WITH A DARKENING BLACK eye smokes cigarettes through the spaces of her missing front teeth and tells the police how her boyfriend slapped and bit her because he didn't like her grandchildren. Another woman tells a counselor at a shelter...
Immigration's Aftermath: Many Children of Immigrant Parents Are Not Living out the American Dream. until Better Jobs and Schools Materialize, They Are at Risk of Becoming the Next Underclass. (Cover Story)
IT IS WELL KNOWN BY NOW THAT IMMIGRATION IS changing the face of America. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the number of foreign-born persons in the United States surged to 28 million in 2000 and now represents 12 percent of the total population,...
Is Lack of Marriage the Real Problem? (Cover Story)
MARRIAGE IS NOW A HOT topic in Washington policy circles. Ensuring that more children are born and raised within marriage is, in my view, a worthy objective. Marriage as a value has begun to disappear from the cultural lexicon, and affirmative efforts...
Left-Coast Primary. (Devil in the Details)
WE ALWAYS KNEW THAT IF Gray Davis put his mind to it, he could win a Republican primary. The stunning success of California's governor in prodding state Republicans to reject electable Richard Riordan in favor of all-but-unelectable Bill Simon was...
Marriage and Divorce American Style: A Destructive Marriage Is Not a Happy Family. (Cover Story)
ON AVERAGE, RECENT STUDIES SHOW, PARENTS and children in married families are happier, healthier, wealthier, and better adjusted than those in single-parent households. But these averages conceal wide variations. Before betting the farm on marriage...
Marriage Plus: Most People Agree That It's Healthy for Kids to Grow Up in a Two-Parent Family. but the Marriage Contract Is Just the Beginning. (Cover Story)
THE PUBLIC HAS BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT "FAMILY breakdown" for a long time, but it was not until the passage of welfare reform in 1996 that the federal government decided to get into the business of promoting marriage. Although it was little noticed at...
Nostalgia as Ideology. (Cover Story)
THE MORE I LISTEN TO DEbates over whether we should promote marriage, the more I am reminded of one of my father's favorite sayings: "If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride." Yes, kids raised by married parents do better, on average, than kids...
Politics for Democrats: The Limits of Fiscal Zealotry. (Gazette)
PITY THE POOR DEMOCRATS. They thought they had discovered the perfect issue: "fiscal discipline." By draping themselves in the mantle of fiscal rectitude, Democrats discovered they could oppose tax cuts without advocating any specific government spending--thereby...
Reconcilable Differences: What It Would Take for Marriage and Feminism to Say "I Do". (Cover Story)
In the true marriage relation the independence of the husband and wife is equal, their dependence mutual and their obligations reciprocal. --LUCRETIA MOTT (1793-1880) FEMINISTS HAVE LONG BEEN QUEASY ABOUT MARRIAGE, but our queasiness is not about...
Taking Care. (Cover Story)
IN HER NEW BOOK POWER POLITICS, the novelist Arundhati Roy observes the way that the government of India with one hand causes distress and with the other directs people's anger about it elsewhere. Do harm; then scapegoat. She calls it a "pincer action."...
Teamsters and Turtles in (Temporary?) Tiff. (Networks)
THOUGH THE "BLUE-GREEN" alliance that came together in the streets of Seattle two and a half years ago is largely intact, the debate over national energy policy has yanked at its seams. As the energy bill reached the Senate floor, the Teamsters and...
The Color of Love: The Tiger Woods Generation Is Far More Accepting of Racial Intermarriage. Is This a Gain for Tolerance and Openness or a Prologue to a New Backlash? (Cover Story)
WITH AT LEAST THREE MILLION PEOPLE IN the United States in interracial marriages, racially mixed marriage is no longer a rarity. And with one degree of separation--all the family members of these couples--it touches many millions more. Allowing a second...
The Faith of Thomas White. (Devil in the Details)
So what's the deal with Thomas White? The former top Enron exec vowed to give up his Enron holdings when he became secretary of the U.S. Army last May. He did, in fact, sell 380,000 shares of Enron stock last summer, which brought him a cozy $10 million....
The Myth of the Model Minority: Southeast Asians Were Stereotyped as Bolstered by Strong Values. but When Immigrants Face Grim Economic and Social Conditions, Values Are Not Enough. (Cover Story)
MALI KEO FLED CAMBODIA WITH HER HUSBAND and four children in 1992. Several years later, she was still haunted by searing memories of the killing fields," the forced-labor camps where millions of Cambodians died, victims of Communist despot Pol Pot's...
The Other Marriage War: There's One Group That Is Pursuing Legal Union-And Its Kids Need the Stability. (Cover Story)
IMAGINE WAKING UP ONE MORNING TO THE NEWS THAT because of a recent court decision, you may no longer be your child's legal parent. Forget all those times you've read Goodnight Moon, those long nights you spent in a steam-filled bathroom trying to keep...
The Politics of Family. (Cover Story)
Love in a hut, with water and a crust, Is--Love, forgive us!--cinders, ashes, dust. --JOHN KEATS, 1819 THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS SUDDENLY VERY interested in marriage. The principal target of this matchmaking is the welfare population, though...
Trouble at High Levels: Mountain Warfare Is Not the Only Thing Slowing Down the Army. (Gazette)
LAST FALL I INTERVIEWED A number of current and former CIA officers who worked the Pakistan-Afghanistan border during the days of the mujahideen's fight against the Soviets. I also spoke with current and former military officers with combat experience...
What about Black Fathers? by Placing So Much Emphasis on Marriage, Public Policy Could Set Back Efforts to Bring Unmarried Fathers into More Constructive Contact with Their Children. (Cover Story)
EMBOLDENED BY THE REDUCTION IN THE WELFARE rolls, conservatives have renewed their demands that our welfare system reflect traditional family values, specifically marriage. But if marriage becomes the heavily favored family strategy of welfare policy,...

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