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. 27, July-August

Children in the Digital Age
After 50 years of controversy over the impact of television on children, a new world of online media is emerging that may have even greater impact on them. Almost one million children in the United States are now using the World Wide Web, according...
Computer Clubhouses in the Inner City: Access Is Not Enough
At the clubhouse, I work with Lakesha. She is a mentor which means she knows a lot about computers. When she is not at the clubhouse, she is an engineer. She shows me how to do lots of fun things with computers like controlling LEGO...
Computing Our Way to Educational Reform
There is little talk in America these days of bold new public initiatives; public money is scarce, and faith in public remedy even scarcer. One notable exception is new technology and education. Bill Clinton's challenge to connect all of America's...
Return of the Native
The defining episode in Bob Dole's biography is the grievous wound that he suffered on a hillside in Italy in World War II. The Dole campaign has sought to make his battlefield valor and heroic recuperation into both a compelling personal narrative...
Social Change One One One: The New Mentoring Movement
Past the video games, the 11th Frame bar, and the orange formica shoe-rental island, occupying half the Saturday afternoon lanes at Mel's Bowl in Oakland is a scene to warm the civic heart: 25 lanes packed with bowlers, impervious to the brilliant...
Social Compact, Version 2.0
Are companies custodians of social values? For those of us raised somewhere between the invention of steam power and The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, "corporate values" suggests a forlorn hope. But times, apparently, are not what they were. In February,...
Taking Care of Business
Few trends could so thoroughly undermine the very foundations of our free society as the acceptance by corporate officials of a social responsibility other than to make as much money for their shareholders as possible. --Milton...
The 1996 Elections: Drift or Mandate?
The American political system has been passing through one of its rare bursts of sweeping convulsive change, culminating thus far in the electoral earthquake of 1994. That midterm election abruptly terminated a reasonably stable institutional balance,...
The Economics of Despair
Since the late 1970s, social science researchers, the media, private foundations, and policymakers have directed considerable attention to the labor market problems of young adults and their families. Most of this attention has focused on high school...
The Starbucks Solution: Can Voluntary Codes Raise Global Living Standards?
Soon after protesters leafleted Starbucks stores because its Guatemalan coffee bean pickers earn less than that country's $2.50 daily minimum wage, Starbucks announced it would henceforth require growers to pay wages meeting "basic needs" of plantation...
Was Welfare Reform Worthwhile?
There is no question that David Ellwood, the Clinton administration's chief welfare intellectual, has been on a rough ride. But the political lessons he draws are less than useful. To discuss lessons, we need some agreement about what happened....
Was Welfare Reform Worthwhile?
Frances Fox Piven is certainly right in suggesting that the Clinton rhetoric was excessive and that it provided impetus and encouragement to some who favored welfare cutoffs rather than progressive, work-oriented reform--I said so in my article. I...
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