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. 5, January 17

Apocalypse Now
Some Democrats may have lost faith that they'll be electing another president in the year 2000. But a host of evangelical novelists seem to think a liberal president in the new millennium is a near certainty. They just expect his stay in office will...
Correspondence
SEX AND SENSIBILITY TO THE EDITORS: Wendy Kaminer ["Sex and Sensibility, TAP, December 6, 1999] offers a naive analysis of the political climate confronting female candidates, which fuels her misunderstanding of the White House Project's mission....
End of the Open Road?
HOW CABLE MAY STRANGLE THE INTERNET Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road, Healthy, free, the world before me ... --WALT WHITMAN, Song of the Open Road With apologies to Walt Whitman, whose "barbaric yawp" anticipated Internet chat...
Hillary Was Right
Okay, it's not a vast right-wing conspiracy. But the Regnery/Eagle Publishing conglomerate is a right-wing Time Warner: a media enterprise with remarkable power to disseminate rumor, shape public opinion, and marshal support for various conservative...
Hollywood Keeps Left
For better or worse, Hollywood loves to warble the plaintive song of lefty idealism. The impeachably affecting underdog dynamics make grade-A grist for the movie mill as it works round the clock to narratively confirm our most ardent hopes about ourselves....
Let Them Eat Rates
HE MEANS WELL, BUT LAWRENCE LINDSEY, GEORGE W. BUSH'S TOP ECONOMIC POLICY ADVISER, EPITOMIZES THE FALLACY OF "COMPASSIONATE CONSERVATISM." Ever since George W. Bush announced that he subscribes to something called "compassionate conservatism," people...
Life: The Cliff Notes
Each fall at least one prime-time television show premieres to the much-hyped anticipation of critics and viewers that it will stand apart from the rest of the lineup and fit into--or, better yet, raise the standards for--that elusive category called...
Log Rolling?
Is George W. Bush gearing up to play the gay card against John McCain in South Carolina? Political pundits were genuinely perplexed on November 21 when Governor Bush told Tim Russert on Meet the Press that he would "probably not" meet with the Log...
Microjustice
In a surprise breakthrough in antitrust settlement talks, negotiators for Microsoft and the government have agreed on a plan by which the software giant will acquire the U.S. Department of Justice for $7 billion, sources close to the discussions said...
Parochial Schools and the Court
Although it is frequently attacked as an elitist institution with no regard for the public will, the Supreme Court is hardly immune to cultural and political trends. Justices are, after all, appointed by presidents with particular ideological agendas,...
Progressive Politics and, Uh, ... God
CONTRARY TO WHAT YOU MIGHT THINK, RELIGION IS ALIVE AND WELL IN AMERICA -- AND MUCH OF WHAT IT DOES IS STRIKINGLY PROGRESSIVE. When I tell politically progressive friends that I've started teaching a course at Harvard about religion's impact on...
Revolution Number 9
The 29-year-old holding the microphone, Zack de la Rocha, is issuing calls, in only mildly etaphorical language and in quick succession, war against capitalists, death to racists, justice for the oppressed, and possession by the workers of the means...
Should Gore Do a Humphrey?
When we last visited the campaign fallout from President Clinton's deal to admit China to the World Trade Organization (WTO), the AFL-CIO was gearing up to make the deal's defeat a top legislative priority, even at the cost of weakening the Democratic...
Smoking, Guns
If I had my way, there'd be laws restricting cigarettes and handguns. But this Congress won't even pass halfway measures. Cigarette companies have admitted they produce death sticks, yet Congress won't lift a finger to stub them out. Teenage boys continue...
The 101st Senator?
In 1974 Congress created the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) "to provide the Congress with objective, timely, nonpartisan analyses needed for economic and budget decisions." Over the last quarter-century, members of the minority party (be they Republicans...
The Ecumenist
IS THE GROWING ALLIANCE BETWEEN INNER-CITY PREACHERS AND RIGHT-WING LOCAL POLITICIANS A BARGAIN WITH THE DEVIL? THE REVEREND FLOYD FLAKE THINKS NOT. On October 6, the crowd at the Manhattan Institute--a mostly white, clubby, conservative think tank--enjoyed...
The Perils of High-Mindedness
Even before this campaign, he was a familiar figure in our public life--the high-minded politician, detached from partisan passions, divorced from interest groups, devoted to higher purposes for the good of ail, disdainful of image-making, fundraising,...
The Real McCain
SOUNDS A LOT LIKE THE REAL STEVE FORBES There is another side to John McCain. (And no, it's not the volcanically unstable side alleged by GOP whispering campaigns.) Although I best known for his heroism as a POW in North Vietnam and for his forthright...
The Taxonomist
DEPT. OF BONEHEADED STUDIES In 1999, two states, New Hampshire and Tennessee, considered adopting a broad-based income tax. This sent anti-tax lobbying groups into a frenzy of "studies" purporting to show that such a step would be a disaster for...
What Next for the WTO?
THREE CRITICS DISCUSS POLICY ALTERNATIVES DANI RODRIK Five Simple Principles for World Trade With the Asian financial crisis barely over, the world economy stands at the brink of another major eruption--one with potentially much greater significance...

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