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. 38, May-June

A Liberal Tax Revolt
Republicans think they've hit pay dirt with their crusade against the tax code and the Internal Revenue Service. And perhaps they have. But Democrats should pay particular attention to this irony: the political resonance of the flat tax is rooted...
Dolly and Madison
For all its attention to a rather blase Scottish sheep, the "debate over cloning" has never been exactly that. Instead, from the moment that Dolly's birth was announced, cloning became a lightning rod for conflict over the rapidly expanding gamut...
Invest It
With the federal budget deficit under control, we can at last focus on the other rising deficit--of public investment. There is a proven correlation between public outlay on physical and human capital and a country's productive capacity. Yet over...
Irresponsible Elites
Washington, D.C., March 5, 1998 As I write, the Monica Lewinsky affair--or perhaps episode is a better term--is far from resolved, but it is possible to draw certain conclusions about the role of the press. The most important is that the barrier...
Made of Sterner Stuff
The Lewinsky investigation has put me to reflecting about the many opportunities for rectitude that were missed in our past. Americans have now been told, all too late, about the illicit sexual behavior of presidents from Thomas Jefferson to JFK....
Morning in Miami: A New Era for Cuban-American Politics
The recent visit of Pope John Paul II to Cuba gave the world an unusual glimpse of the last officially communist nation in the West. The implausible location of that country, just a short hop from American shores, was highlighted by the thousands...
My Dinner with Bill
Personally, it doesn't bother me at all that Bill Gates's net worth ($46 billion) is larger than the combined net worth of the bottom 40 percent of American households ($37.8 billion, excluding their cars). Several years ago I had dinner with Bill Gates...
Old Party, New Energy
In the mid-1970s, the founding fathers of the New Right almost walked away from the Republican Party. Sickened by Watergate and angry at what they perceived as the Republican Party's moderation, Richard Viguerie, Howard Phillips, and Paul Weyrich...
Party Decline: A Primer
Although the Republic's Founders dreaded the divisiveness of "faction," political parties have proved essential to the promise of American democracy. Parties bridge the structural bias against government activism in the constitutional separation of...
Reform beyond the Beltway: States as Laboratories of Clean Money
Beltway insiders generally treat public financing of congressional elections as a joke--it's politically unthinkable, they say. Senator Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican, seems to revel in denouncing the idea (along with any other proposition...
The Broken Engine of Progressive Politics
Over the centuries, Americans have built themselves a great engine for political change. We cannot understand our present situation without understanding how this machinery was built, how it has been transformed, and how it threatens to catapult us...
The Great Surplus Debate: Save It
A booming economy, surging tax revenues, and three budget deals (1990, 1993, and 1997) have allowed the administration's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to project budget balance this year and surpluses thereafter. The Congressional Budget Office...
The Porter Prescription
With downtowns flourishing, a handful of distressed neighborhoods mounting comebacks, and crime and welfare loads on the decline, even cities seemingly are enjoying the fruits of the American economy's seven-year expansion. But for a more sobering...
Unchecked and Unbalanced: Why the Independent Counsel Act Must Go
"The institutional design of the Independent Counsel is designed to heighten, not to check, all of the institutional hazards of the dedicated prosecutor; the danger of too narrow a focus, of the loss of perspective, of preoccupation with the pursuit...
Understand It
Last summer, the Wall Street Journal labeled as "Invincible Ignorance" a Republican proposal to run federal budget surpluses. With the surplus at last here, the label is now all too bipartisan, as President Clinton recommends that we reserve every...
When Should Kids Go to Jail?
While America's latest crime wave appears to be subsiding, the legitimate fears it aroused in urban America leave a powerful political legacy. Along with new police strategies and more prisons, legislators continue to call for harsher treatment of...
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