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. 6, July-August

Debtors' Prison
Economic history is filled with bouts of financial euphoria followed by painful mornings after. When nations awake saddled with debts incurred to finance wars, episodes of failed speculation, or grand projects that haven't paid off, they have two choices....
Dems in Dixie
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] At the blog BOOMAN TRIBUNE, "BooMan" disagrees with JAMELLE BOUIE'S argument that a Democratic resurgence in the South is dependent on minority voters ("Gone With the 2010 Win"): "Southern Democrats can't sit around and wait...
Discovering a Better Left
About 40 years ago, I read a book by the historian-activist James Weinstein, and my political outlook changed utterly, and for good. Its title, The Decline of Socialism in America, 1912-1925, doesn't sound like a catalyst of hope, much less of personal...
Ever the Accused
Few cases start off as clear-cut as the one against Dominique StraussKahn, the newly resigned International Monetary Fund chief who is now facing rape charges in Manhattan. A cleaning woman told police that Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted her when...
How to Open the Road: Blocked by Failed Negotiations with Israel and an Ambivalent Obama Administration, Palestinians Look for Recognition on the International Stage
Nadim Khoury watches as brown bottles march single file along the conveyor belt from the machines that sterilize them to those that fill them, cap them, and glue on labels reading, "Taybeh Beer. The Finest In The Middle East." Under his large graying...
(Not) Talking Taxes in New York. (ATTACK ON GOVERNMENT))
Andrew Cuomo had many potential lines of attack when he decided to run for governor of New York last year, but he eschewed most of them. Cuomo--then the state's attorney general--chose not to rail against the state Legislature, where a number of rogue...
Once Made in the USA: America May Be Reaching a Tipping Point Where We Can't Get Domestic Manufacturing Back Up and Running
Manufacturing, says Andrew N. Liveris, thrives in countries that have plenty of customers and a government that significantly supports industry. Right now, he continues, the United States is down the list on both counts. What is unusual about Liveris'...
Pinching Pensions
Dave Simpson began working for the state of Oregon right out of college. He knew that he'd make less than his friends who took jobs in the private sector, but for Dave, public service and a secure pension more than outweighed the lower pay. He spent...
Segregation Nation: Omaha's Radical Experiment in School Integration Could Serve as a National Model-Though Local Resistance Indicates It Might Be a Tough Sell
Tyliesha Tucker attends a well-regarded high school in Nebraska's Bellevue school district. Last year, Tyliesha, who is 15 and "pretty hilarious" by her own description, went to her local school in the Omaha Public School District. So did her 13-year-old...
Standing Up for Government
In January, a new wave of anti-government, anti-tax zealots took power in statehouses, governors' mansions, and the U.S. House of Representatives. Emboldened by their wins, conservative politicians across the country are now systematically dismantling...
Talking Taxes in Connecticut
There are two Connecticuts. One is made up of port cities and working-class burgs so decimated by deindustrialization they could be mistaken for parts of the Rust Belt. The other is the one that more commonly springs to mind: the old-money land of...
Tea Party Crasher: A New Right-Wing Magazine Launches and Inadvertently Redefines the Meaning of "Diversity."
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When I say that Mario Lopez writes for the Tea Party Review, I don't mean the Mario Lopez who memorably played A.C. Slater on the 1990s sitcom Saved by the Bell. I mean the Mario Lopez who heads the Hispanic Leadership Fund,...
The Education of Rick Scott
Florida Gov. Rick Scott's ever present, camera-ready grin masks the strain of an embattled politician. His approval ratings rank at the bottom among the nation's governors, and Democrats are poised to use him as the bogeyman of the 2012 election in...
The Reality Gap: Now More Than Ever, Republicans and Democrats Are Separated by Expertise-And by Facts
In March, it was Kerry Emanuel's turn to do what so many of his colleagues have done before: defend their knowledge and expertise against congressional Republicans. Emanuel is a meteorologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an expert...
When Should the Media Cover Politicians' Sexual Improprieties?
ADAM SERWER: So, shortly after Arnold Schwarzenegger left office, we found out that The Governator fathered a child out of wedlock with an employee. Did the media fall down on the job here? PATRICK CALDWELL: No. The press already wrote about Arnold's...
When Your Base Is Nuts
By any normal measure, 2012 should be a political year in which Republicans are fairly flocking to run for president. The economy remains weaker than at any time since the 1930s. Corporate profits have recovered smartly, but the economic indices that...
Whose Point of View? If Wikipedia Is Where the Masses Go for Information, Then Progressives Should Be There to Help Get the Facts Right
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] You're the proverbial alien on our planet, fresh off the UFO. You found a job--congratulations!--and you've just received your first paycheck. On the stub, you notice that something, or someone, named "FICA" is skimming 6...
Wisconsin: From Protest to Movement
During the wintry months of February and March, it was easy to imagine the soaring, marble rotunda of the state Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin, as the epicenter of a new American political earthquake. Encircled by marchers, often many thousands on weekdays...
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