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. 20, November 19

After Triumphalism. (Comment)
WHAT A WONDERFUL world it seemed in the 1990s. The United States had not only won the Cold War; it had demonstrated the economic, political, and moral superiority of its own system, the free market. Those abroad who had long resented U.S. global policies...
American Anointed: How the United States Sowed the Whirlwind. (Gazette)
IN THE BEST OF TIMES, IT IS NOT easy to explain the complexities of the Middle East and how the United States has related to it over the past century. Most Americans are oblivious to their country's massive impact on the world and on the Middle East...
Flying While Brown: Must Arab Men Be Racially Profiled? (Gazette)
LIKE EVERYONE ELSE AT SAN Antonio airport on the night of September 17, Ashraf Khan passed through tight security before boarding Delta Airlines flight 1469 to Dallas, the first leg of a two-day journey to Karachi, Pakistan, where he planned to attend...
Foxed in? Mexico's Foreign-Policy Crisis. (the Whole World Is Watching)
THOUGH NO ONE IS LIKELY TO MISTAKE MEXICO FOR a Muslim country--even one of the friendly, oil-exporting ones--the United States' declaration of war on terrorism has forced its southern neighbor into a predicament not altogether different from the one...
Green Light, Red Light: Is the Push to Liberalize Immigration Policy a Casualty of the Surprise Terrorist Attacks on September 11?
MAYBE THE BEST MEASURE OF THE DETERIORATING prospects for fundamental immigration reform after the terrorist attacks on New York and the Pentagon came at a congressional hearing on, of all things, airport security. Amid the debate over arming pilots,...
Immigrants on Campus
AMONG THE THINGS DESTROYED along with the twin towers on September 11 was the opportunity for many children of illegal immigrants to go to college. Before September 11, bills were pending in state and federal legislatures that would have eased the...
In Dreams Begin Responsibilities. (the Critics Film)
MANY PEOPLE WILL LOVE Mulholland Drive, I am sure; and the fact that my admiration is mingled with profound annoyance perhaps says more about me than about the movie. It is David Lynch's best film since The Elephant Man (which remains, for me, the...
Less Secure, Less Free: Striking Terror at Civil Liberty. (Gazette)
FOR CIVIL LIBERTARIANS, THERE was one extra nightmare when we finally got to sleep on that awful day of September 11, 200]. We knew that the Washington bureaucracy's wish list of additional powers to conduct surveillance of Americans would not be based...
Liberal Crack-Up: Renewed Polarization in New York's Mayoral Contest. (Gazette)
NEW YORK CITY HAS RECENTLY seen more casualties than we'd ever imagined possible. There is one casualty, however, that lies buried not under the rubble of lower Manhattan but beneath the acrid smoke that has blanketed this strangest of mayoral elections;...
Managing Rage: How to Deal with Anti-American Backlash. (Gazette)
AS THE FOG LIFTS FROM THE September 11 attacks, the FBI and CIA are presumably honing in on the identity and aims of the people behind the plot. An organizational explanation focused on conspiratorial networks will be easier for us to accept than a...
Senatorial Crockery. (Devil in the Details)
ANTHRAX AND THE WAR IN Afghanistan notwithstanding, Senate Republicans have elected to play domestic hardball. Recently, they delayed a foreign-aid bill to protest what The Wall Street Journal editorial page called "unprecedented stonewalling" on the...
Terror and Liberalism. (Correspondence)
THANKS FOR PAUL BERMAN'S article "Terror and Liberalism" [October 22, 2001]. It was most refreshing to read a historical perspective that takes account of the advances in Western civilization over the last century. Equating Islamic fundamentalism with...
The $212-Billion Giveaway. (the Taxonomist)
SPECIAL-INTEREST ZEAL TO USE THE NATIONAL SECURITY crisis as an excuse for huge new upper-income tax breaks continues unabated in Washington, D.C. On a party-line vote, the House on October 24 approved a bloated "stimulus" tax-cut bill that makes a...
The Asian Challenge: The Unanticipated Consequences of the War in India, Pakistan, China, and Japan. (the Whole World Is Watching)
IN THE FACE OF THINGS, THE OVERSEAS FOCUS of America's antiterrorist campaign should be on the Middle East. Osama bin Laden is a Saudi. His al-Qaeda network is made up primarily of Saudis, Egyptians, and others from the Middle East. No matter how you...
The Blair Project: The Prime Minister as Architect and Traveling Salesman for International Communitarianism. (the Whole World Is Watching)
WHEN TONY BLAIR WENT ON TELEVISION within hours of the September 11 terrorist attacks to declare that Britain would stand shoulder to shoulder with the United States, the British prime minister entered a moment of total personal and political clarity--an...
The War about the War. (the Last Word)
"IF SOMETHING IS DEFINED AS REAL, it is real," goes a common dictum of the social sciences. The passive voice, however, conceals an uncertainty: Defined by whom? What if, for example, two antagonists define their conflict in opposing ways? As American...
Virtual Offensiveness. (on the Contrary)
MORE THAN 15 YEARS have passed since antilibertarian feminists declared "pornography" a violation of women's civil rights, alleging that it demeaned and objectified women. In the 1980s, the antiporn movement enjoyed a lot of publicity and a little...
War Games. (Sports)
AFTER SEPTEMBER 11, IT WAS'NT long before martial terminology returned to the airwaves: There was talk once again of blitzes and bombs, of aerial assaults and ground attacks, of going on the offensive and making moves to shore up the defense at home....
Why Don't They like Us? How America Has Become the Object of Much of the Planet's Genuine Grievances-And Displaced Discontents. (the Whole World Is Watching)
IT WASN'T ITS INNOCENCE THAT THE UNITED STATES lost on September 11, 2001. It was its naivete. Americans have tended to believe that in the eyes of others the United States has lived up to the boastful cliches propagated during the Cold War (especially...

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