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. 40, September-October

A Fast Track for Labor
At the latest Geneva meetings of the World Trade Organization and the International Labor Organization, the Clinton administration and the U.S. labor movement championed greater international scrutiny of forced labor, child labor, and other violations...
America's Next Achievement Test: Closing the Black-White Test Score Gap
African Americans currently score lower than European Americans on vocabulary, reading, and math tests, as well as on tests that claim to measure scholastic aptitude and intelligence. This gap appears before children enter kindergarten, and it persists...
Constraining Capital, Liberating Politics
If, as widely predicted, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) wins the German election in September, there will be center-left governments simultaneously in every major European nation for the first time in history--in London, Paris, Rome, and Berlin....
Lessons of Right-Wing Philanthropy
In 1969, conservative Paul Weyrich was accidentally invited to a meeting of liberal strategists. He was awed. In describing his epiphany to Leon Howell, author of Funding the War of Ideas, he says: The liberals put together before my eyes...
No Dumping
Laissez-faire economists love to hate anti-dumping laws. By imposing import duties that bring dumped imports closer to U.S. market prices, these laws are supposed to prevent artificially cheap foreign products from undercutting American industries;....
Rooting the Home Team: Why the Packers Won't Leave - and Why the Browns Did
On the last Sunday in January, an elated John Elway stood on the gridiron where his Denver Broncos had just beaten the Green Bay Packers 31-24, and announced to millions of worldwide television viewers that the best part about finally winning the...
The Great Carjacking: Auto Insurance and Market Failure
When New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman finally signed a long-promised auto insurance reform bill last May 19, she hoped that it would put to rest an issue that had almost cost her re-election just six months earlier. Whitman's opponent had...
The Heredity-Environment Controversy
When the U.S. Army launched America's first large-scale mental testing program in 1917, whites scored substantially higher than blacks. Biological determinists immediately cited these findings as evidence that whites had more innate ability than blacks,...
The Myth of the Supermayor
The national media have proclaimed a new conventional wisdom for the city formerly known as Nap Town: this is now the Golden Age of Indianapolis, and Stephen Goldsmith is the mayor with the Midas touch. He may not be as well known as Rudy Giuliani...
The Rhetoric of "Corporate Welfare." (Includes Response)
Since Robert Reich coined the phrase several years ago, "corporate welfare" has become a rhetorical target for progressives. Activists argue that government subsidies to private businesses amount to give-aways, which sometimes even promote harmful...
The Still-Industrial City: Why Cities Shouldn't Just Let Manufacturing Go
It's "urban renaissance" time in the City of Big Shoulders. Suburban families are coming back to the city, yuppies are moving into renovated factories, and "empty-nesters" are buying weekend luxury homes in the Loop. Rising high tech employment in...
Tough Chat
A few years ago, people who thought liberals were too squeamish in public debate wondered how they could make it in the aggressive and strident forum of talk radio. [See Tom DeVries, "We'll Talk About That: Can Liberals Do Radio?" TAP, March-April...
Web of Paradox
The World Wide Web is more than technology, more than modems, bandwidth, computers. It is a thing made of language and of history, a Web of Metaphor. Of course, we view all new technologies through perspectives or metaphors that limit our understanding...
What Japan Teaches Us Now
Twenty years ago, when Ezra Vogel published Japan as Number One: Lessons for Americans, the lessons seemed all too clear. Today, as Japan falls into a severe recession, it's a different story. The Japanese economy hasn't just stopped growing; it's...
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