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 No. 36, January-February

Activist Trouble
Washington, D.C. In the last year, Greenpeace and Citizen Action, two important national left-of-center organizations, have fallen on hard times. This summer, Greenpeace USA closed down all of its field offices, eliminated its canvassing operation,...
A Multicultural Nationalism?
The twentieth century is closing with a pessimistic assessment of America's continued dedication to its national motto, E Pluribus Unum. Multiculturalism, bilingual education, and record levels of immigration are said to have fractured America. In response,...
Apologists without Remorse: American Conservatives on South Africa
The end of the Cold War has ushered in a period of contrition on the American left. While most liberals, like Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., never had any illusions about the Soviet regime, the sixties New Left included revolutionary romantics who were...
Can Cities Escape Political Isolation?
In the past three decades, most cities outside the Sunbelt have experienced economic contraction, population decline, and increasing concentrations of poverty. For some, like Detroit, the descent has been catastrophic. Dozens of smaller, once vibrant...
Don't Touch That (Nonprofit) Dial
Christian radio stations have an extensive following in the United States. Out of 12,199 total radio stations on the AM and FM dials, 1,511 of them are Christian. And their audiences are loyal when a 1975 petition called for limits on religious groups'...
Final Refuge
"Integrity is everything," Groucho Marx once said. "If you can fake integrity, you've got it made." David Brock and Elizabeth McCaughey intuitively appreciate that point. Poor David. Poor Betsy. Both had been doing so well. Brock had made it big as...
Harder Than Soft Money
After years of reformer hand-wringing, legislative efforts on Capitol Hill, and erratic enforcement by the Federal Election Commission (FEC), campaign finance law remains riddled with loopholes. Everyone knows the most notorious loophole: Starting at...
Rescuing Democracy from "Speech." (Corrosive Influence of Big Campaign Contributors)
The several pillars of political democracy each seem inviolable first principles, but they exist in necessary tension with one another. Viewing any one principle in isolation, we too easily conclude that it is the indispensable element - the trump. For...
Screening a la Carte
In a culture that is seen to be spinning out of control, the V-chip has generated an extraordinary alliance across conventional class and political lines, from the Christian right to progressive media reformers, and in Congress, from conservative Senator...
The Chicago Acid Bath: The Impoverished Logic of Law and Economics
The past two decades have brought ever-louder assertions that government should take a back seat to free markets. A resurgent libertarianism increasingly shapes policy, jurisprudence, and public and private debate. Congressional Republicans have tried...
The Loophole We Can't Close
Nineteen ninety-eight is the 200th anniversary of an event that I trust no one will care to celebrate: the Sedition Act of 1798, the single most egregious violation of freedom of speech in American history. Less than a decade after the adoption of the...
Watch What You Wish For: The Perils of Reversing Buckley V. Valeo
On January 30, 1976, the Supreme Court issued its historic decision in Buckley v. Valeo, which has set the constitutional contours of debate about campaign finance reform ever since. Many who would like to see the campaign finance laws changed have been...
When States Spend More
Liberals and progressives have generally believed that shifting federal authority for social programs to the states will typically lead to a "race to the bottom" as states try to attract business and keep taxes down by cutting expenditures and regulations...
Why States Can Do More: The Next Phase in Environmental Protection
A race to the bottom or a race to the bottom line? When Congress laid the foundation for today's environmental regulation in the 1970s, it was an article of faith that states inevitably cut corners in conservation and pollution control in order to attract...
Will Free Speech Get Tangled in the Net?
When the Supreme Court overturned the Communications Decency Act (CDA) last summer, its decision seemed to put to rest much of the controversy over internet free speech. But there are now a host of more limited efforts afoot to prune back the range of...
WWW.Subterfuge.Com
One of the perils of reading cyberjournalism is that it is not always easy to determine the source of information. For example, unsuspecting Web surfers looking for information on "Labor" might stumble across the "Labor Home Page," which purports to...
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