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 July

Associations without Members
In just third of Americans have dramatically changed their style of civic and political association. A civic world once centered in locally rooted and nationally active membership associations is a relic. Today, Americans volunteer for causes and projects,...
Can a Charity Tax Credit Help the Poor?
YES STACEY Y. ABRAMS Despite the lowest unemployment rate ever reported in Ohio, a record number of Franklin County residents turned to food pantries for assistance in 1997, 11 percent more than the year before. With more than 2,000 households...
Can TV Improve Us?
It's eight o'clock Wednesday evening and a rumor is circulating at a small-town high school in Massachusetts that a student named Jack is gay. Jack's friends--one of whom is a 15-year-old girl who has been sexually active since she was 13, and another...
Correspondence
PILLS & THRILLS TO THE EDITORS: Melvin Konner's piece in the January-February 1999 issue of The American Prospect ("One Pill Makes You Larger") is insightful and cogent. It brings to the table an important discussion of the use of drugs such...
Darwin's Truth, Jefferson's Vision
SOCIOBIOLOGY AND THE POLITICS OF HUMAN NATURE As the new field of sociobiology has emerged during past quarter century, it has met with firm and unrelenting opposition from prominent liberal critics. Sociobiology--also known as evolutionary psychology...
Devil in the Details
FACT AND COMMENT Last year, CBS dropped former New Jersey senator and current Democratic presidential candidate Bill Bradley from a commentator slot because of concerns that the network was "giving Bradley a platform as he considers a run at another...
Gore or Bradley
DOES IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE? Late last February, less than two weeks after Bill Clinton's Senate acquittal, the Pew Center for the People and the Press released some startling poll results. The American public wanted two things in their next chief...
K Street Gore
One important way to judge what a presidential candidate might do if elected is to look at his record while in office--his publicly announced positions and his skill in commanding loyalty, wielding authority, and winning public support. But it is also...
Reform Gets Rolling
CAMPAIGN FINANCE AT THE GRASS ROOTS Last November, voters in Massachusetts and Arizona added the latest tiles in a growing national mosaic of state-based campaign finance reform efforts. It all began in 1996, when Maine voters passed a sweeping...
Rorschach Politics
TONY BLAIR AND THE THIRD WAY "We have moved past the sterile debate between those who say government is the enemy and those who say government is the answer. My fellow Americans, we have found a Third Way." --President Bill Clinton "The Third...
Rwanda, Kosovo, and the Limits of Justice
In late March, as NATO bombs rained across Kosovo, Justice Louise Arbour of the Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) faxed a letter to Slobodan Milosevic and 12 other senior Yugoslav officials. "Sir," the letter...
Shoeless Joe Stiglitz
RENEGADE AT THE TOP Joseph Stiglitz can't be within President Clinton's circle of power. When he first arrived in Washington in 1993 to join Clinton's Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), he had a persistent habit of saying what he thought instead...
Still with Us
One of the greatest successes of American social policy over the last few decades has been a dramatic reduction in poverty among the elderly. Even so, some 3.3 million seniors still live below the poverty line. Several million more scrape by just above...
The Antifeminist Seduction
American women are lonely and unfulfilled. They are able to cope with their dreary lives amidst seas of expensive carpeting and well-dusted furniture only by popping pills. Society has limited their choices and robbed them of their true power, leaving...
The Choice in Kosovo
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Americans have been uncertain about the purposes that ought to guide our foreign policy, particularly our use of military power. Now that anticommunism no longer serves as an overarching cause, should we follow...

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