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 Vol. 0, No. 43, March

Care and Trembling
Until fairly recently, most caregiving was invisible to the public eye. Caring was done informally in the private sphere, mostly by women, for relatives, neighbors, and friends; and it was mostly unpaid. Gradually over the course of the twentieth century,...
Correspondence
PROSECUTORIAL STATE TO THE EDITORS: In his powerful, timely, and important essay "The Prosecutorial State" [TAP, January-February 1999], Anthony Lewis cites the rise of populist democracy as "a deeper cause" of the "criminalization of American...
Exhuming Mccarthy
Dean Acheson called it "the revolt of the primitives"--that headlong lurch to the right in the late 1940s and early 1950s that culminated in Joseph McCarthy's charge that the Roosevelt and Truman administrations were riddled with communists and fellow...
Forty Acres and a Sheepskin
The vision of broadly shared wealth is a long-standing American theme, dating back to the yeomen farmers of colonial times. America, uniquely, was a land of freeholders. Its egalitarian distribution of property undergirded its nascent political democracy....
Green Herring
Until recently, the Greens were among the least successful third-party movements in American history. None of the seven alternative-party governors elected since 1914 have been Greens. No Green presidential candidate has ever approached the electoral...
Hot Air
In our last issue, John Judis reported on how corporate interests have been aggressively lobbying to squelch an international agreement on global warming, sometimes even going so far as to create putative "environmental organizations" that argue that...
How to Defend a Dictator
Ever since Augusto Pinochet was arrested in November for his role in the murder, torture, and kidnapping of thousands of Chileans, American conservatives have been busily engaging in the sort of historical revisionism that would make the old Soviets...
Investor Illiteracy
In the spring of 1998, market amateurs who had invested in a book titled The Beardstown Ladies' Common-Sense Investment Guide received some disillusioning news. The grandmotherly "Beardstown Ladies," the nom de publicity of the Beardstown Business...
Is He a Soul Man?
ON BLACK SUPPORT FOR CLINTON A large percentage of black Americans have supported President Bill Clinton with remarkable intensity in his darkest moment of political and legal peril. It is as if, in his vulnerability, he had become more attractive....
Love Boats
What--besides ideological antipathy--do the National Review and the Nation have in common? Sea legs. Since 1994, the National Review has sponsored six cruises to places like the Caribbean and Alaska, on which subscribers could play shuffleboard...
Lynne Cheney, Policy Assassin
They are stories of despair, heartrending and outrageous. A young boy with hopes of becoming a doctor is told by his school that "it would be more appropriate for him to be a gas station attendant or a truck driver." Another girl, an honor student,...
Mississippi Waltz
TRENT LOTT, MONEY CONSERVATIVE Last October, as Congress was scrambling to complete work on a series of last-minute spending bills that had been deadlocked all year, four members of the House of Representatives made a pilgrimage across the Capitol...
Muddy Waters
If anything is certain about The Shape of the River--William G. Bowen's and Derek Bok's massive defense of race preferences in university admissions--it is this: the book will become a primary source in every debate and lawsuit involving affirmative...
Recasting the Stones
The corner of Ludlow and Rivington, a slightly run-down intersection on Manhattan's Lower East Side, is not a place where you would expect to find a profound statement about the relationship between public art and memory. Yet every night for three...
Rush from Judgment
HOW THE MEDIA LOST THEIR BEARINGS The main question left from the Monica era is: Was it inevitable? Not the trysts themselves--whether they were psychologically inevitable, apart from being insane, can now be left to various Clintons in their future...
The Left Beer Now
The Coors family has long served as a nemesis of progressive causes. Ever since Joseph Coors helped establish the conservative Heritage Foundation in 1973, various family members have used the Coors brewing fortune to bankroll hundreds of right-wing...
The Storm amid the Calm
The Framers of the Constitution, as we remember from our civics lessons, sought to design a government so well checked and balanced that it would resist the unruly passions of the multitude. During the impeachment of President Clinton by the House...
We Are All Third Wayers Now
Is the Third Way a new public philosophy likely to shape capitalism in a postcommunist twenty-first century? Or is it, as some from both ends of the political spectrum suspect, little more than a watered-down version of Reaganism-Thatcherism: less...
Worked Up
Only a week after winning his party's endorsement as speaker of the House (and two weeks before being outed as a longtime philanderer), Bob Livingston was already generating controversy. Sixty-five GOP members circulated a petition opposing Livingston's...

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