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. 22, No. 9, November

It's an Ad World after All: Thanks to the Advertising Rules at Internet Search Sites, Child Advocate Susan Linn Became the Unwitting Spokesperson for the Very Company She Was Combating
In 2006, a commercial began to air on cable television that showed happy babies gurgling through their year-one milestones. "A baby's first smile of recognition," a voiceover says. "That first rollover. The first step, and first word are miracles of...
Obama's Fate-And Ours
Will he go down in history as a Jimmy Carter or a Harry Truman? As a weak and indecisive Democratic president who ushered in a conservative era or as a strong leader who proved his critics wrong and won re-election? The next year will resolve that...
Sing, Memory: Nostalgia? History Lesson? Retrieval Project? Pop Music's Obsession with the Past Is Changing How We Listen
You would be forgiven if at some point this past summer you forgot what year it was. The season's sleeper-film hit, Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, uses Sidney Bechet's 1952 "Si Tu Vois Ma Mere" as the soundtrack to contemporary Paris while its protagonist...
The Constitution: A Love Story: Why Have Liberals Allowed the Far Right to Claim Exclusive Ownership of the Country's Founding Document? It's Time They Took It Back
When the 112th House of Representatives opened this past January with a reading of the United States Constitution, the intended political message was clear--the Republican Party was back to rescue the Constitution. Less clear was what Constitution...
The Glorious Invasion: Ten Years Ago, the Afghanistan War Looked like a Swift and Easy Triumph for Democracy. but Even in the Early Days There Were Portents of the Catastrophe to Come
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Three weeks after September 11, 2001, the day I arrived in Moscow to begin as National Public Radio's bureau chief, my editors gave me four hours to pack before I was dispatched on an overnight flight to the never-never land...
The Medicare Bind: Democrats Should Defend Medicare. but If They Want to Accomplish Much Else, They Will Have to Change It
Medicare now faces a more uncertain future than at any time in its history. That's not because it has lost popularity or failed to control costs as effectively as private insurance has. On the contrary, the program continues to enjoy overwhelming public...
The Right Word: Notes toward a Glossary of 21st-Century Conservatism
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Back during the Soviet Union's radiant past, the great Polish philosopher Leszek Kolakowski once noted that part of what made communism so oppressive was that it left its fingerprints on everything--the economy, the military,...
Twisting the System
North Carolina was once among states with the lowest voter turnout in the country. But with new early-voting and same-day registration laws, the state had the nation's largest increase in voter participation from 2004 to 2008. Bob Hall is the executive...
Who Stole the Election? Dominating Many State Legislatures, Republicans Have Launched a Full-On Assault on Voting Rights
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When Charles Webster was a member of the Maine House during the 1980s and 1990s, he and his Republican colleagues routinely proposed bills that would create restrictive voting laws--or, as Webster sees it, legislation to tamp...