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 January

Arresting Developments
WHEN POLICE POWER GOES PRIVATE For six hours every month, Lieutenant Rick Lewis of the Jacksonville sheriff's department moonlights at the Jacksonville Golf and Country Club, a lush 18hole course located in the heart of the city's wealthiest gated...
Bull Market Keynesianism
As we wait for the dust to settle from the current global financial turmoil, it is a good time to assess the lessons to be learned from the nineties business cycle. First, it is important to get the basic numbers right. Although the economy experienced...
Choice Options
SCHOOL CHOICE, YES BUT WHAT KIND? The current debate about school choice has raised the most basic questions about the structure of education since the nineteenth century. But the debate has been relentlessly a historical, as if amnesia were a virtue....
Clinton's Darkness at Noon
He felt like the hero of Darkness at Noon, President Clinton confessed to a friend last January after the Lewinsky scandal broke. One can only surmise that he felt ground down, in the particular way of a political man--in this case, as one set up for...
Correspondence
THE TEST SCORE GAP TO THE EDITORS: Reading Christopher Jencks's and Meredith Phillips's "America's Next Achievement Test: Closing the BlackWhite Test Score Gap" [September-October 1998] leads me to relate a personal story that I believe sheds...
Devil in the Details
GATEMANIA It's beginning to seem as though Watergate's greatest legacy was a handy shorthand by which pundits and politicians can criminalize their opponents with the twist of a suffix. Beginning with Koreagate in 1976, when a South Korean rice...
From Purity to Politics
"We live in the aftermath of politics. A decade or so ago, the bloodless revolutions of Eastern Europe and South Africa made real the highest political dream: the peaceful triumph of the good. Right principles and popular will gave each other force,...
Global Warming and the Big Shill
Because Vice President Al Gore is an ardent environmentalist, the Clinton White House has placed a high priority on getting an international global warming treaty. One member of the National Security Council is assigned to oversee the treaty that the...
One Pill Makes You Larger
THE ETHICS OF ENHANCEMENT In the early 1980s, a little squall blew up on the usually calm sea of pediatrics. Growth hormone had been a rare, expensive medicine, each gram extracted from thousands of pituitary glands and laboriously purified. It...
Policing the Police
A few years ago in the city of Los Angeles, attorneys Donald W. Cook and Robert Mann brought a series of lawsuits on behalf of people bitten by police dogs. The lawyers argued that the victims, mostly suspects fleeing or hiding from police, were bitten...
Power Play
Deregulation of the nation's electric power industry gets underway this year. Electric power is being deregulated for a number of reasons: it has become technologically possible; deregulation generally is fashion able; and some analysts believe that...
Secrets and Lies
Ever since Harpagus conspired with Cyrus against his uncle, the King of Medea, by placing letters to Cyrus in the belly of a hare, secrecy has always been part of government--and particularly part of the conduct of foreign affairs. Secrecy is obviously...
Taking Liberties
THE NEW ASSAULT ON FREEDOM Free speech is a bourgeois prejudice," Lenin explained to Emma Goldman in 1920. If only it were so. With the approval of the bourgeois press and public, Goldman had been deported to Russia in 1919, after serving two years...
The Age of Trespass
[T]he system of private property is the most important guaranty of freedom, not only for those who own property, but scarcely less for those who do not. F. A. HAYEK, The Road to Serfdom, 1944 [A] government big enough to give you everything you...
The Feminism Gap
Feminists Don't Know What to Think," declared U.S. News & World Report in late September. Pointed editorials in the Atlanta Constitution and the New York Daily News condemned "Feminism's Double Standard" and "Silent Feminists' Shame." Maureen Dowd...
The Indelible Color Line
THE PERSISTENCE OF HOUSING DISCRIMINATION Though overt racism has diminished greatly over the last 30 years, most American cities remain deeply segregated. A host of other problems, such as the lack of both public services and private enterprise...
The Prosecutorial State
CRIMINALIZING AMERICAN POLITICS When Richard Holbrooke was chosen to be United States ambassador to the United Nations last June, the State Department's inspector general received an anonymous letter charging that Holbrooke had violated ethics rules....
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