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. 5, June

Big Sky's the Limit: Like Many Congressional Races around the Country, Montana's Senate Contest Is Being Defined by Previously Unthinkable Levels of outside Spending
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Montana knows all about buying elections. In 1899, just ten years after it became a state, William Andrews Clark, known as the Copper King, spent an estimated $400,000--the equivalent of $11 million today--to buy the votes...
Hard Times, Scary Prospects
For the first time in the history of the American republic, the far right has captured one of our two major parties. Whether the issue is denial of science, restriction of fundamental rights and liberties, the substitution of big money for the vote,...
Keyboard Jihadist? Tarek Mehanna Never Planned a Terrorist Act. He Never Directly Communicated with Terrorists. but Because of What He Wrote Online, the Government Prosecuted Him for "Material Support" of Terrorism, in a Case That Raises Fundamental Questions about First Amendment Rights in Post-9/11 America
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It's unusual for a domestic terrorism suspect to have a fan club. But every morning of Tarek Mehanna's eight-week trial late last year on federal terrorism charges, supporters packed the domed, ornate courtroom in downtown...
Our Battle Scars
THE CAUSE: THE FIGHT FOR AMERICAN LIBERALISM FROM FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT TO BARACK OBAMA BY ERIC ALTERMAN AND KEVIN MATTSON, Viking, 576 pages, $32.95 It's taken me almost my entire life to come out of the closet as a liberal. In college at the end...
Romney World: After the Vulcans
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IMAGINE FOR A MOMENT: IT IS TWO WEEKS AFTER Election Day and President-elect Mitt Romney holds a press conference to announce his foreign-policy team, the officials who will guide his administration's relations with the rest...
Schools of Doom
After 30 years--some historians might say 100 years--of rhetoric about the crisis in American education, it's getting hard to come up with new ways to frighten the public about the state of American schools. So maybe it's understandable that the Council...
Servant of the Radical Right
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE DEFINING FEATURE OF THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL primaries was the constant Sturm und Drang over Mitt Romney's ability to win Republican voters. Pundits claimed that Romney had a "ceiling" with conservatives in the party,...
The Good Lyndon
THE YEARS OF LYNDON JOHNSON: THE PASSAGE OF POWER BY ROBERT A. CARO, Knopf, 736 pages, $35.00 "Hey, hey, LBJ! How many kids did you kill today?" became a standard refrain at rallies against "Lyndon Johnson's war" in Vietnam. The term "credibility...
The Hunger Games Economy: Most Americans Face a Future of Lower Wages and Job Insecurity. Liberals Need to Offer More Than False Hope
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the eyes of most of the world and in our own, to be an American is to be an optimist--entrepreneurial, positive-thinking, and future-oriented. It is not surprising, then, that our politics has not come to grips with the...
The Pro-Life Paradox: Why Are Anti-Abortion Legislators Cutting Essential Funds for Special-Needs Children?
On April 12, Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill making Arizona the eighth state in the union to ban abortions beyond 20 weeks. Like most other laws of its kind, House Bill 2036 had been camouflaged as a measure against suffering, predicated on the notion...
The West Coast of Utopia: Kim Stanley Robinson and the Science Fiction of Hope
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If any political ideal has taken a drubbing over the past hundred years, it's surely the left's vision of utopia. How far we've fallen from those lofty 19th-century dreams--the classless society, the withering away of the...
Too Big to Imagine
PRIVATE EMPIRE: EXXONMOBIL AND AMERICAN POWER BY STEVE COLL Penguin Press, 704 pages, $36.00 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Even granting that testifying to congressional committees is not on the list of an oil CEO's favorite things to do, when ExxonMobil...

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