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. 28, September-October

Back from the Dead; Neoprogressivism in the 90s
These days, you can hear Republican members of Congress touting how much they have spent on programs for children, bragging about how pro-environment they are, recounting their efforts to buck the party leadership and pass a higher minimum wage. The...
Damage Report
The past two years have humbled both liberals and conservatives--or should have. The 1992 election, liberals hoped, would set in motion a new cycle of progressivism. It didn't. After the 1994 election, the new conservative leaders of Congress expected...
Delivering for Young Families; the Resonance of the GI Bill
As Bob Dole's generation eases into retirement, commentators of various stripes complain loudly about generational bias in American social policy. The fiscally conservative Concord Coalition--along with independent presidential contenders Ross Perot...
Divorce from the Facts
A serious case can be made against today's politics of virtue, but James Morone fails to make it. For example, as his only evidence to show that worrying about our current divorce rate is misguided--and to dispute my assertion that we live in a "divorce...
Fighting the Establishment (Clause)
You may not have heard of the Rutherford Institute, but you've probably heard of some of its clients. There was the St. Louis boy who was forbidden to pray in the school cafeteria. There was the Virginia girl with physical and mental disabilities...
Is God a Republican? Why Politics Is Dangerous for Religion
The 1996 campaign has been sobering for Americans who believe that Jefferson's declaration of a "wall of separation" between church and state forms a fundamental point of national agreement. It is hard to recall a presidential contest when religious...
Motor Voter or Motivated Voter?
When Bill Clinton signed the 1993 Motor Voter bill, mandating states to offer on-the-spot voter registration at various government agencies, Republicans in California and several other states sought to undermine the new law by withholding critical...
Peddling Krugman
A generation ago, mainstream economics provided intellectual support for a mixed economy. Keynesianism gave legitimacy to macroeconomic intervention and public spending generally. The regulation of leading industries was anchored in the respectable...
Private Heroism and Public Purpose
The progressive economic narrative today begins with the stagnation and growing inequality that characterizes this period of change and possibility. That seems a natural enough starting point. Throughout this century, progressive movements have found...
Special Heritage Foundation Edition
HERITAGE HYPOCRISY I It's no secret that the Heritage Foundation is conservative, but there's a significant distinction between advocating an ideology and actively assisting a candidate for political office. Doing the former is common among...
Starting Small, Thinking Big
The United States spends more than $500 billion each year on the education of 5- to 25-year-olds. Despite disagreement over specific strategies, investment in education commands broad public support. But one of the most basic building blocks of the...
Take the Initiative, Please; Referendum Madness in California
By now the best chicken-and-egg argument in California politics is: Which came first, the unresponsiveness, arrogance, and incompetence of California's elected politicians or the orgy of initiatives designed to bypass cretin government and set things...
The Liberal Virtues
The welfare state and the advocates of "virtue" have few friends in common. Those on the right want to save virtue from the welfare state, while those on the left want to protect the welfare state from the rhetoric of virtue. An exemplar of the latter...
Who Won the Cold War?
The end of the Cold War has not been kind to the American left. As the opening of the Soviet archives has revealed, the Kremlin was, in fact, intent on conquering the globe to carry out a Marxist-Leninist revolution. Even in the United States, Yale...

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