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. 14, No. 2, February

A Charged Atmosphere: Mexican Unions Block Fox's Campaign to Privatize Electricity. (Gazette)
IF THE PROPOSALS FOR PRIVATIZING Mexico's nationalized electrical system bear an eerie resemblance to California's disastrous experiment in deregulation, it should come as no surprise. The proposals, after all, share some of the same authors. In fact,...
A Tale of Two Cities: Davos and Porto Alegre Square off on the Global Economy. (Gazette)
TWO POLITICAL MOVEMENTS representing distinct visions of the global economy will hold their annual conventions the last week of January. The World Economic Forum--an organization of some 1,000 multinational corporations--will meet in Davos, a picture...
Dr. Frist to the Rescue: How Not to Fix Medicare
SEN. BILL FRIST (R-TENN., WHOM THE NEW YORK Times has taken to calling Dr. Frist), the Senate majority leader and President Bush's new fair-haired boy, wants to fix Medicare. This is the same Bill Frist whose father founded a for-profit hospital chain,...
Evildoer: George W. Bush Just Can't Stop Pushing More Harmful Tax Cuts for the Rich. (the Taxonomist)
IF, LIKE OUR PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT, YOU strongly believe that cutting taxes leads to higher tax revenues, the past year and a half must have been very disappointing. Despite the huge tax cut enacted in the spring of 2001, personal income-tax...
Frist among Equals No More. (Devil in the Details)
THE DOCTOR IS IN. SENATE Majority Leader Bill Frist has now hung his shingle on the door to his Capitol office, and it reads, "William H. Frist, M.D." Great PR, though not something that other GOP congressional leaders can readily adapt to their own...
John Zogby's Creative Polls: And a Closer Look at His Methods
IN A RECENT NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE COVER STORY about animal rights, journalist Michael Pollan reported that 51 percent of Americans believe that "primates are entitled to the same rights as human children." It was a surprising finding, but one that...
Let's Get Ready to Rumble! Al Sharpton Gears Up to Take on the Dems
THE HOUSE OF JUSTICE ON MADISON AVENUE between 124th and 125th streets in New York City may not look like the epicenter of a movement that could wreak havoc within the Democratic Party. The unremarkable, somewhat dilapidated edifice sits on a block...
Never Mind. (Comment)
OF THE MOST ASTONishing recent events is the spectacle of Bill Richardson, formerly Bill Clinton's ambassador to the United Nations, literally mediating between the Bush administration and the North Koreans. Even weirder is how this anomalous piece...
New Year, New Fear: Republicans Play to the Base While Everyone Else Suffers. (below the Beltway)
SHORTLY AFTER THE REPUBLICAN sweep of Congress in November, President Bush said he looked forward to working with lawmakers to "make our country a better and more compassionate place," And when Sen. Bill Frist was elected majority leader in December,...
Scorsese's Low Score: Gangs of New York Is Mere Filmmaking, Not Mythmaking
LET US HEARKEN BACK TO A time when gangs ruled the world. Gangs sizing each other up, puffed with pride, wagging their weaponry, painstakingly stylized in diction and dress. There were the Bowery Boys and the Forty Thieves, the Plug Uglies and the...
Screening on the Cheap. (Devil in the Details)
IT'S RISKY UP THERE, ON the front lines of the war against terrorism. You work long hours under constant pressure not to make a single mistake, not to let a single weapon or potential weapon escape your notice, not to permit a single shady character...
The ABCs of Smallpox: Which Methods of Treatment Make Sense and Why. (Gazette)
MEDICINE DEPENDS ON probability: the probability of a disease occurring, the likelihood that it will spread or can be prevented, the odds of a side effect resulting from a tool of treatment or prevention. A risk-benefit analysis evaluates the risk...
The Labor Department Theory of Value
This administration's policies on anything that even touches workers run from the ridiculous to the ridiculous. Consider its Advisory Committee on Trade Policy, which Bush unveiled back on Dec. 9. The 32-member panel boasts two academics, one governor,...
The Rove Machine Rolls on. (Comment)
IT'S NO ACCIDENT THAT KARL ROVE was one of Richard Nixon's moles. Using techniques developed by his first mentor, dirty-tricks strategist Donald Segretti, Rove infiltrated Democratic organizations on behalf of Nixon's infamous 1972 campaign. Rove's...
The Write Stuff: From Cult to Culture, Dave Eggers and Co. Are Taking Their Idealism to the Streets
THERE IS A LONG, SLOW LINE. THE QUEUE OF narrow-shouldered boys in thrift-store shirts and black-tighted girls with Emily Dickinson stares is blocking aisles in a Washington bookstore. The faithful look to be just out of college or just past 30. They...
Tilting on the Axis (of Evil): Iran's Puzzling Relationship with the United States-And Itself
I NEVER THOUGHT I'D HEAR "HOTEL CALIFORNIA" IN the bleak desert landscape of Iran. Don Henley's tale of a bad trip was a big hit with our guide, Reza, however, and he'd turn up the volume whenever the song looped around on his tape player. "This could...
Trading with a Low-Wage Tiger: What Happens to Everyone Else When China Sucks Up So Much of the World's Economic Growth? (Gazette)
WHEN ROBERT MAO describes the fantastic manufacturing opportunities his company sees in China, he speaks with mixed feelings. "For the first time in the modern era," he marvels, "we have an inexhaustible reservoir of good, trainable labor." But Mao,...
We Disport. We Deride: It's All Attitude, All the Time at FOX News. (Media)
FOX NEWS ALERT," SCREAMS the screen, in red. "FOX NEWS LEARNS OF POSSIBLE THREAT TO NY HARBOR." DO we have your attention now? Who cares if FOX's reporter goes on to say that the New Year's Eve threat is "uncorroborated, noncredible [sic] and suspect"?...
Where Are the Hawks on North Korea? Faced with a Real Crisis, Bush Does Nothing
DOES GEORGE W. BUSH ACTUALLY BELIEVE HIS own foreign-policy pronouncements? A year ago he made North Korea a charter member of the "axis of evil" and vowed not to "permit the world's most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world's most destructive...
Who's Right Now? Europe's Far-Right Resurgence Fizzles out. (Gazette)
SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, AMERICAN journals--mainstream and progressive both--were filled with alarm about the rise of the far right in Europe. But recent election results in Germany, Sweden, Austria and elsewhere make clear that the panic button was pushed...

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