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. 12, No. 14, August 13

A Believable Politics
LIBERAL PUBLIC INSPIRATION is in short supply these days. To be sure, with his environmental, energy, and tax policies, President Bush is doing his best to unify moderates and liberals, and the Democratic Party may emerge stronger as a result. But...
A Prescription for Industry Control
THIS WAS A BAD SPRING FOR people with allergies. In some parts of the United States, pollen counts were higher than ever. People with itchy, watery eyes and noses flocked to drugstores for relief, but all they found on the shelves were Benadryl and...
A Quagmire for Our Time
The war on drugs has come to look distressingly like the war in Vietnam. Can a spreading "sagebrush rebellion of the left" de-escalate it? AT LEAST SINCE 1996, WHEN VOTERS IN CALIFORNIA and Arizona approved ballot initiatives legalizing the medical...
Armey's Austerity
IN A LETTER TO HOUSE REPUBLICANS IN EARLY JULY, House Majority Leader Dick Armey, Republican of Texas, outlined his "four-point plan" for "rolling back big government." Items one, two, and three are familiar GOP boilerplate: tax cuts, tax cuts, and...
Born Again
"WE ASSUMED FROM the beginning that he would win," Georgia Democratic Party Chairman David Worley says of his new Republican counterpart. "And I just thought, great! One, fundraising--we've already done a direct mail piece on him. Two, it clearly shows...
Bush Burning
NOW IS THE SUMMER OF W.'s discontent. It's not just Senator James Jeffords's defection from the Republican Party or the Democrats' newfound ability to control the agenda. It's not just W.'s downward swoosh in the polls to a depth that only Jimmy Carter...
Child's Play
AMERICANS MAY BE FIXATED on success, but few things are as interesting as failure. Since last year's market crash, expired dot-com start-ups have claimed a fat chapter in the national treasury of cautionary tales. Two engaging documentaries, Startup.com...
Correspondence
The Case for Borking RANDALL KENNEDY IN "THE Case for Borking" [July 2-16, 2001] is right to question the existence of a "golden age" in which judicial selection and decision making were entirely "uncontaminated by politics." Presidential nominations...
Frontiers of Free Marketing
AFTER SONY PICTURES admitted this June that its marketers had invented a film critic, other movie studios came clean with similar chicanery, such as placing paid workers in commercials and "suggesting" quotations to journalists. But in an age when...
Let's Talk about Gender, Baby
FEMINISTS HAVE LONG BEEN ridiculed for their efforts to purge sexism from language by using words like chairperson and avoiding the use of male pronouns as universal signifiers of both sexes. The results have not always been pretty: "He knows what's...
Mnemonic Plague
YOU ARE MICROWAVING DINNER, listening to the radio, finishing a crossword; you are Web-surfing and talking on the phone. In short, you are "multitasking," as we so often do these days. It's a way of keeping the mind constantly, if fitfully, employed--and...
Restoring the Vote
THE DISENFRANCHISEMENT of people convicted of felonies is one of the great exclusions of civic life in the United States. The problem's dimensions are large and growing larger. As of 1998, according to the Sentencing Project's groundbreaking 1999 report...
Sequels Always Bomb
Of all the revelations in The New York Times investigation of partisan favoritism in the counting of Florida's overseas ballots, none was more galling than the new information on the role played by Gore and Lieberman. At a time when campaign strategists...
Standard Shift
U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL John Ashcroft has been getting himself dusty in the law library lately. News organizations reported on July 12 that Ashcroft, a National Rifle Association member, had reversed the Justice Department's long-standing constitutional...
The Embattled Curator
EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE MAGAzine Museum News featured a provocative cover illustration: Sir John Everett Millais's Pre-Raphaelite image of a drowned Ophelia floating face up, with flowers in one hand. The cover line for the story, about the changing...
The Silence of the Laureates
ARE AMERICA'S TRADE deficits too high? Judging by the American intellectual establishment's body language, the answer is no. The press continues largely to ignore the deficits, and so does just about everyone in Washington, D.C. The country's economists...
Tribal Warfare
Before they can reach a settlement with the Palestinians, Israel's "five tribes" must navigate between Hebrew democracy and Zionist revolution. ON JUNE 18, IN BROAD DAYLIGHT, PALESTINIAN gunmen in a yellow taxi overtook Danny Yehuda--the father...
Undue Influence
How the Drug Industry's Power Goes Unchecked and Why the Problem Is Likely to Get Worse THE U.S. FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION HAS long been the target of both industry and ideological forces seeking to scale back regulation. With a Republican now...
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