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. 10, December

A More Perfect Union: At a Time When Union Membership Is in a Free Fall, New York's Local 6 Shows How Organized Labor Can Survive and Thrive in the Service Economy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Emily Dopper and her boyfriend, Willem van Leeuwen, tourists from the Netherlands, were on their way to lunch at the Boathouse restaurant in New York's Central Park when they encountered the picket line. Clay Skaggs, a striking...
A State of Chaos: How Political Failures and Stagnant Institutions Brought Greece to the Brink of Collapse
Greece is at the breaking point. The autumn air is filled with despair at falling living standards and the inability to meet ever-burgeoning tax burdens and with fury at the political class, members of which are routinely mobbed, showered with eggs...
Can America Make It? Manufacturing Once Gave the U.S. Its Middle-Class Majority, and with the Right Trade and Industrial Policies, It Can Do It Again
Back from China? [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As in hundreds of cities and towns in the once-industrial Midwest, a ghost not only haunts but dominates North Canton, Ohio. It's a ghost of brick and mortar, glass and steel, of a smokestack that rises...
For Europe, High Stakes in Greece
The problems of the euro turned critical when the Greek government nearly defaulted in May 2010 and the International Monetary Fund and European Union agreed to a bailout. In truth, the 17-nation euro area had deep troubles long before that. Its oversized...
God Help Us: Will Rick Perry's Blend of Christian-Right, Small-Government, and Pro-Corporate Fervor Land Him in the White House?
In April, Rick Perry traveled to North Texas for a taping of televangelist James Robison's TV show, Life Today. For six months, starting as soon as he was re-elected Texas governor in November 2010, Perry had been crisscrossing the country to promote...
Manning Up: The Rick Perry Problem
In Master of the Senate, the third volume of his massive, still-unfinished biography of Lyndon Johnson, Robert Caro devotes a memorable paragraph to the great man's fondness for exhibiting his sexual equipment, which, with characteristic humility,...
Moment of Conception: How a Radical Anti-Abortion Movement Matured
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On April 17, 2007, the I Supreme Court upheld a national ban on an abortion procedure known as intact dilation and extraction. Anti-abortion groups, which successfully branded it "partial-birth abortion," had spent 15 years...
Protest and Possibility
In barely a month, mainstream liberal reaction to the Wall Street protests shifted from patronizing to envious. Progressive groups want to impose their own reform agendas onto the widening energy generated by these novice activists. The right-wing...
Snobs like Us: When Did Cultural Disdain Become the Province of the Left?
You can always count on Hollywood panjandrum Harvey Weinstein to be bombastic about his own restraint. "In 20 years of coming to the Toronto Film Festival, I've never released a statement for a film," read the statement e-mailed to journalists in mid-September....
The Cost of Free Trade
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Any renaissance of American manufacturing must begin by fundamentally reversing our trade policies--both in general and in particular toward China. Over the past two decades, leading U.S. manufacturers, both the venerable...
The Ties That Blind
When the Canadian activist magazine AdBusters issued a call on its listserv to start the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York and other cities, a couple of like-minded protesters created a companion blog on Tumblr called "We are the 99 percent."...
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