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. 4, May

Dreams from My President: Three and a Half Years after His Election, Barack Obama Remains a Mystery to Many Americans
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Every president plays a symbolic, almost mythological role that's hard to talk about, much less quantify--it's like trying to grab a ball of mercury. I'm not referring to using the bully pulpit to shape the national agenda...
Exporting the Anti-Gay Movement
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In October 2010, a banner headline ran on the front page of the Ugandan newspaper Rolling Stone: "100 Pictures of Uganda's Top Homos Leak." Subheadings warned of these people's dark designs: "We Shall Recruit 1,000,000 Kids...
Mad Money: With Right-Wing Fears Rising over the Federal Reserve's Monetary Policy, Republican State Legislators Want to Create Their Own Currencies
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In January 2011, the advocacy group Utah Sound Money released a 30-second ad designed to stir up support for a new bill in the state legislature. "The almighty dollar's not looking so almighty these days," the announcer intones...
Money Changes Everything; the Supreme Court's Citizens United Decision Decimated What Little Remained of Campaign-Finance Reform. the Problem, Though, Isn't with "Corporate Personhood."
American politics is in trouble. A tsunami of unaccountable, untraceable political money is overwhelming the Republican race for the presidential nomination and threatens to do the same to the fall election. For many people, especially progressives,...
My So-Called Ex-Gay Life
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Early in my freshman year of high school, I came home to find my morn sitting on her bed, crying. She had snooped through my e-mail and discovered a message in which I confessed to having a crush on a male classmate. "Are...
Power Failure
POWER, INC.: THE EPIC RIVALRY BETWEEN BIG BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT--AND THE RECKONING THAT LIES AHEAD BY DAVID ROTHKOPF Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 436 pages, $30.00 WHY NATIONS FAIL: THE ORIGINS OF POWER, PROSPERITY, AND POVERTY BY DARON ACEMOGLU...
Rebuilding the World
HOUSE OF STONE: A MEMOIR OF HOME, FAMILY, AND A LOST MIDDLE EAST BY ANTHONY SHADID, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 336 pages, $26.00 The story of making a house is one of the great and ancient archetypes of literature. You could say that it is a story...
Repeat Offender
COMING APART: THE STATE OF WHITE AMERICA, 1960-2010 BY CHARLES MURRAY, Crown Forum, 416 pages, $27.00 For a generation, the main story of working-class America has been the collapse of a living-wage economy due to such forces as globalization, weakened...
The Case of the Vanishing Middle Class
THE GREAT DIVERGENCE: AMERICA'S GROWING INEQUALITY CRISIS AND WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT BY TIMOTHY NOAH, Bloomsbury Press, 272 pages, $25.00 Did Timothy Noah catch a wave or anticipate one? In 2010, Noah, a longtime public-policy reporter now at The...
The Death and Life of Detroit: Neighborhood Groups Are Bringing the Blighted City Back, One Block at a Time. Will City Hall Stand in Their Way?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A shivering knot of college students stands outside Motor City Java House as John George unlocks the front door. It's 15 degrees in Detroit on a February morning, and fresh snow covers the Old Redford business district. Cold...
The Future of the LGBT Movement: Still Ain't Satisfied: The Limits of Equality
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] An acquaintance baited me with a question at a dinner party not long ago. "So, is the movement over?" she asked loudly. I was surprised by her contemptuous tone. But because I didn't want to embarrass my hostesses, I demurred:...
The Man the Banks Fear Most: For Three Years, President Obama Refused to Launch a Criminal Investigation of Wall Street for Its Role in Wrecking the Economy-Until New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Compelled Him to Change Course
In February 2011, one month after he'd been sworn in as New York state's attorney general, Eric Schneiderman sat down with the staff attorney who'd been delegated to track the negotiations that the 50 state attorneys general and the Obama administration...
The New Wave
Contraception is once again up for serious public debate in the United States. How much fun is that? Yes, fun. For years, feminists have been warning that, underneath all the attacks on women's reproductive rights--the multiplying restrictions on...
Three Roads from the Supreme Court
Sitting in the Supreme Court on March 27, I was stunned by the oral argument on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). From their first questions to Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, the conservative justices seemed to echo the arguments against the individual...
Vive la Mere
THE CONFLICT: HOW MODERN MOTHERHOOD UNDERMINES THE STATUS OF WOMEN BY ELISABETH BADINTER, Metropolitan Books, 224 pages, $25.00 BRINGING UP BEBE: ONE AMERICAN MOTHER DISCOVERS THE WISDOM OF FRENCH PARENTING BY PAMELA DRUCKERMAN, Penguin Press, 304...

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