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. 23, No. 1, January-February

A Ninja in Our Sites: An Aggressive Federal Enforcement Effort Targets Online Piracy-And Exposes the Clash between Copyright Protection and Free Speech
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In February 2008, Ninja Video went online and quickly distinguished itself in the unsightly, often malfunctioning world of Internet piracy. The site's silver, black, and crimson palette spoke to a punk aesthetic, but the content...
Calling for a Convention
To keep money from corrupting our democratic politics, we need constitutional change. No doubt lots can be done by statute alone--meaningful transparency rules, such as the Disclose Act, and small-dollar public funding, such as the Fair Elections Now...
Capitol Investments: Thanks to the Citizens United Decision, Money Is Swamping Our Politics and Our Government like Never Before
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Tocqueville for Toffs On any given day in Washington, D.C., the city's hotels teem with civic activity. Trade associations, lobbies, corporations seeking government contracts, lawyers looking to...
Citizen Bopp
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Wedged up against the Illinois border on the banks of the Wabash River, Terre Haute, Indiana, has seen better days. Many factories have closed, and downtown has too many vacant storefronts. But there are signs of activity:...
Death Rattle: A New Musical Movement Turns Mexican Drug Violence into Catchy Sing-Alongs
In 2010, the collective of Mexican musicians known as Movimiento Alterado released a rousing carousel blitz of tubas, accordions, and snare rolls it called "Sanguinarios del M1." The song's title roughly translates as "The Bloodthirsty Killers of El...
Gop Oed
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In our November issue, JOHN POWERS compiled a glossary of terms conservatives use in ways that don't match standard dictionary definitions ("The Right Word"). Reader RILEY SIMPSON wrote, "I think this glossary should become...
Harmony in the U.K.: A Londoner on Downton Abbey's Second Season
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Much about the phenomenal success of Downton Abbey, the hit British television show about a stately home, an aristocratic family, and their shadow kingdom of servants during the second decade of the 20th century, has come...
Highlight Reel: The Year in Culture: The Winners, the Losers, and Not Spiking the Football
1. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED When the great Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton scored a touchdown, he never performed an end-zone celebration. He merely handed the ball to a lineman so his blocker could slam it onto the turf. It was in much the...
In Dire Health: Despite the Passage of the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Medical System Is near Collapse. What Will Save If Is a Single-Payer System and Physicians in Group Practice
Most people assume that insurance is an essential part of the health-care system. Some think it should be provided through public programs like Medicare, while others prefer to see it purchased from private insurance companies, but the majority believe...
Minimizing Corporate Power by Maximizing Participation
This is a dark time for those who worry about big money's outsized role in American politics. Radical Supreme Court rulings, a comatose Federal Elections Commission, and ever more shameless political operatives have obliterated the campaign-law edifice...
Scarcity Came to Town: Two Leading Minds on Our Lean Times
Jeff Madrick, the author most recently of Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Present (Knopf), exchanges questions and ideas with Thomas Byrne Edsall, whose book The Age of Austerity: How Scarcity Will Remake...
South Carolina: A Tea Party State of Confusion: Republicans Want to Vote for an Archconservative. but Can They Agree on One?
If the 50 states were 50 people, and you had to rank them by ideology, then South Carolina--which holds the second Republican presidential primary on January 21--would be the Tea Partier of the group. Forty-six percent of South Carolinians identify...
The Clean-Election State
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] While officials in other states struggled to balance their budgets in 2011, Governor Dannel Malloy and the Connecticut General Assembly closed a deficit of historic proportions one month early, agreeing on a mix of tax hikes...
The Fanatics of the Center
The political center has an undeserved reputation as the home of the most dispassionate and reasonable people. According to a strain of thought that stretches back to the 18th century, parties endanger democracy; partisans see only their side of the...
The New Populists: The Rise and Fall of Zuccotti Park-And the Future of the Movement It Birthed
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the month before the destruction of the encampment in Zuccotti Park, I got in the habit of biking across the Brooklyn Bridge each night to talk with the Wall Street Occupiers and wander among the tents. There was always...
The Tea Party and the One Percent
THE TEA PARTY AND THE REMAKING OF REPUBLICAN CONSERVATISM BY THEDA SKOCPOL AND VANESSA WILLIAMSON Oxford University Press, 264 pages, $24.95 TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: THE SECOND AMERICAN REVOLUTION BY MARK MECKLER AND JENNY BETH MARTIN, Henry...
Toppling the Money Empire
Election Day 2012 looks like it is going to be Groundhog Day 2012. Another election dominated by money. Another series of promises made on the campaign trail, broken as soon as donors and lobbyists come calling when legislatures convene. For the...
What Do We See?
They're starting to run together in my mind. Jerry Sandusky. Silvio Berlusconi. Herman Cain. U.N. peacekeepers. Arnold Schwarzenegger. USA Swimming coaches. Roman Catholic priests. Here's the shared story line: A powerful man--or a man in a powerful...