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. 3, April

A Nightstick Turned into a Song
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE LAST HOLIDAY BY GIL SCOTT-HERON, Grove Press, 321 pages, $25 THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975 DIRECTED BY GORAN OLSSON LISTEN, WHITEY!: THE SOUNDS OF BLACK POWER,...
A Stealth Attack on Democratic Governance
It takes quite a "trade" agreement to undermine financial regulation, increase drug prices, flood us with unsafe imported food and products, ban Buy America policies aimed at recovery and redevelopment, and empower corporations to attack our environmental...
Barbarians at the Transom
THE NEW REPUBLIC BY LIONEL SHRIVER, HarperCollins, 400 pages, $26.99 What if there were a war, and no journalists covered it? Alternately, what if there weren't a war, and every journalist covered it? How might our lawmakers react? It's worth remembering...
Everybody Loves Rachel: With Brains, Good Humor-And Too Much Showmanship-MSNBC's Biggest Star Has Captured the Liberal Imagination
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I can't say for sure when it happened--it was after Barack Obamas swearing-in yet before Keith Olbermann got suspended for giving money to Democrats-but at some point it began dawning on people that the face of MSNBC was Rachel...
History Lessons
THINKING THE TWENTIETH CENTURY BY TONY JUDT WITH TIMOTHY SNYDER Penguin Press, 414 pages, $36 Thinking the Twentieth Century lets us listen in on conversations between distinguished colleagues, the intellectual historian Tony Judt and the Eastern...
Learning to Love the "T" Word
You don't have to be a genius to know the basics of running for office: Look sharp, love America, take in big money, and--most important--promise you won't raise taxes. Thanks to Grover Norquist and his band of anti-tax crusaders, raising taxes has...
Not a Great Deal for Asia
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is best understood as President Barack Obama's extension of the Bush-era doctrine of "competitive liberalization." Frustrated with pushback at the World Trade Organization by nations like China, Brazil, India, and South...
Provocation and Leadership
Things have been breaking well for President Obama. Economically, job growth has outperformed expectations. The unemployment rate could be below 8 percent by Election Day. Politically, Republicans are engaged in the sort of demolition derby once reserved...
Stacked Decks: The Titanic's Surprisingly Timely Centenary
Is it callous to call the Titanic's sinking everybody's favorite disaster? No doubt, but you know what I mean. Considering how oodles of the tragic minutiae no buff can do without bump up against the climax's unknowns, April 15, 1912, is like an ideal...
The Age of Double Standards: American Airlines Can Declare Bankruptcy and Wipe Away Debt. but You Can't-And That's Just the Beginning
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "But, Yossarian, suppose everyone felt that way." "Then," said Yossarian, "I'd certainly be a damned fool to feel any other way, wouldn't I?"--JOSEPH HELLER, CATCH-22 Last November 29, American Airlines declared bankruptcy...
The Case for Containing a Nuclear Iran: Regime Change Is a Pipe Dream, and Military Action Is at Best a Stopgap Measure That Jeopardizes Regional Security and the Global Economy. but There Is a Way to Curb Tehran and Maintain the Peace
Four years ago, when then-Senator Barack Obama was locked in a tough battle for the Democratic nomination for the presidency, he did something candidates for national office in the United States almost never do: He offered sense rather than sensationalism...
The Myth of the Level Playing Field
"Our workers are the most productive on Earth, and if the playing field is level, I promise you: America will always win."--BARACK OBAMA, STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS, JANUARY 24, 2012 The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the latest act in the tragic...
The Other Glass Ceiling: Even in the Age of Obama, Serious Impediments Remain for the Most Ambitious Black Politicians
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "A divide that existed between the political fortunes of black and white Americans has just been erased, and I guess it's been erased for all time." That was the assessment of Julian Bond, the legendary civil-rights leader...
The Pacific Pivot
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On November 12, 2011, I listened as President Barack Obama told business leaders attending the Summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Honolulu that "we've turned our attention back to the Asia Pacific region"...
The Real Pirates
The government crackdown on individual purveyors of unlicensed music, movies, and television shows was the subject of ROB FISCHER's "A Ninja in Our Sites." Published as Congress debated the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act, Fischer's piece engendered...
What's the Point of College?
COLLEGE: WHAT IT WAS, IS, AND SHOULD BE BY ANDREW DELBANCO Princeton University Press, 240 pages, $24.95 Visit any campus bookstore, and in addition to lighthearted tracts on applied calculus and hoodies made in China, you will see a baby jumper...
Wolves to the Slaughter: The Reintroduction of the Gray Wolf to the Northern Rockies Was an Ecological Success Story-Until Big Money, Old Superstitions and Politics Got in the Way
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In April 2001, a U.S. government wildlife trapper named Carter Niemeyer choppered into the mountains of central Idaho to slaughter a pack of wolves whose alpha female was famed for her whiteness. He hung from the open door...

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