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. 11, No. 2, December 6

After Apathy
The observation that people younger than 40 don't care much about politics is true but unilluminating--the very definition of banality. Those who would explain the indifference tend either to blame it on a more widespread apathy toward careers, relationships,...
America's Global Hand
For a century, the United States has been a global power, but it is still deeply ambivalent about its relationship with the rest of the world. Its assertive side was most vivid in the rebuilding years after World War II. If the world has benefited...
Blaming Teachers
REFORMERS DEMAND A BETTER CLASS OF TEACHERS, BUT REWARDING THE GOOD AND WEEDING OUT THE BAD IS TRICKIER THAN IT SEEMS. Are inadequate teachers causing schools to underperform? A 1998 Harris poll finds that, by a ratio of over six to one, the public...
Clinton's Bequest
THE PROGRESSIVE USES OF FISCAL CONSERVATISM If there is one thing that most everybody agrees upon regarding the ideological legacy of the Clinton presidency, it is that there is none. President Clinton, left and right typically concur, is a man...
Coelho and Company
The late H.R. Haldeman, Richard Nixon's chief of staff, once said, "Every president needs his son of a bitch. And I'm Nixon's." In May, Al Gore decided that he needed one too. Gore's decision to hire former California congressman Tony Coelho as his...
Consuming Passions
The following is a true story: 21-year-old Jennifer is tired of the fact that her boyfriend Chris, who is 26, treats her like a little sister. He never wants to go out. If that's not bad enough, he's too lazy to get a "real" job. Meanwhile, Chris argues...
Correspondence
KUDOS TO THE EDITORS: In his opening column of the first bi-weekly issue [TAP, November 23, 1999], Bob Kuttner asks readers to respond with their reactions to the new Prospect. I think it is excellent, and I hope that a broader audience can indeed...
Distancing Dad
Why are millions of fathers a trivial presence in their children's lives, and what might we do about it? Legions of fatherhood projects have cropped up around the country, seeking to reconnect fathers and their children. Promise Keepers and other national...
Is Bradley for Real?
We've gotten our hearts broken before. Clinton, many of us hoped, was really a closet progressive who somehow also attracted moderates. His fellow southern governor, Jimmy Carter, looked to be a fine reformer for the post-Watergate era. But both presidents...
Lies, Damn Lies, and the NRA
Gun control is one of those curious public-policy issues that defies the normal rules of political gravity. No matter how high the polling numbers in favor of gun control climb--78 percent, according to one post-Littleton poll--little changes but the...
Porn Stars and Conservatives
The National Press Club recently hosted a forum on online pornography that I was eager to attend. I've taken a great interest in the subject ever since reading about a list of the 10 most unsafe libraries for children, compiled by an Oregon-based antipornography...
Sex and Sensibility
Having attended a women's college and spent half of my professional life affiliated with a female institution, I know better than to believe that women are naturally more sharing, caring, and cooperative than men, although in general, they may be more...
Slouching toward Seattle
Every economic system develops a politics around the institutions and rules that govern it. The economic system now being created by the relentless merging of the world's markets will be no exception. But what global politics will emerge to match the...
Springtime for Hitler-And the History Channel
Most historians agree that the bombing of Dresden on February 13, 1945, was one of the darkest chapters in the Allied struggle to liberate Europe from Nazism. On that day, as many as 135,000 civilians may have been killed, and a city with an irreplaceable...
The Final Frontier
In late November, the Russian space program is scheduled to launch a proton rocket into orbit from its base in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The rocket's scientific mission is routine, but the physical appearance of the rocket won't be: Painted across one...
The Nationalism We Need
There are two faces of American nationalism--one negative, one positive. The negative face wants to block trade, deter immigrants, and eschew global responsibilities. The positive one wants to reduce poverty among the nation's children, ensure that...
Tilt!
In the final weeks of the 1968 election, Hubert H. Humphrey was closing in on Richard Nixon. Supporters of George Wallace's third-party campaign were returning to the Democratic fold, and Humphrey was winning renewed support from liberals after calling...
What's Wrong with This Picture?
I'd been waiting for American Beauty since one day last summer in West Hollywood, when I first saw that now-familiar woman's torso on a billboard dominating the Sunset Strip. The adolescent hand intrigued me, and the single long-stemmed dewy dark-red...
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