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. 14, No. 9, October

A Contract with America's Youth
NEITHER MAJOR POLITICAL PARTY IN THE UNITED STATES PAYS ENOUGH ATTENTION TO THE YOUNG. THIS HAS to change. In the course of writing and editing this special report, we at the Prospect thought it worthwhile to put down on one page the essential needs...
Bioterror Brain Drain: Infectious-Disease Specialists Are Following the Big Bucks to Washington's New Multibillion-Dollar Program on Bioterrorism Research-But at What Human Cost?
DR. MARCUS HORWITZ, PROFESSOR OF MEDICINE AT THE University of California, Los Angeles, has devoted most of his career to finding a vaccine for tuberculosis. Though the age-old killer is well controlled in the industrialized world, TB kills more than...
Brooks No Argument: A Closer Look at the Times' Newest Columnist
DAVID BROOKS IS HAVING AN EXCELLENT decade. As he might have put it in his breezy, best-selling Bobos in Paradise, he's the Restoration Hardware of conservative punditry, the Starbucks of insouciant moderation. Indeed, with his frequent appearances...
Bullies in the Pulpit: Will a Political Catholic Church Help or Hinder the GOP?
IN LATE JANUARY 2001, THE NEW ADMINISTRATION had barely unpacked when George W. and Laura Bush paid a friendly visit to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the recently inaugurated leader of the Washington Archdiocese. On the heels of that supper, Karl Rove,...
Bush's Borrowing Binge
This August, while everyone in Washington was away, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) quietly published its latest update on our nation's fiscal situation. It's one of the CSO's more enlightening--and frightening--efforts. If you read the report...
Bush's Saudi Connections: And Why This Is a Crucial Issue in 2004
SAUDI ARABIA IS THE WELLSPRING OF radical Islam, its primary source of sustenance and inspiration. Yet, since September 11, the Bush administration has consistently ducked the truth about Riyadh's role in nurturing terrorism--and concealed the truth...
Daughters of the Revolution: Today's Young Women Have Profited from Feminism, but Will They Defend It?
"I would not call myself a feminist," says Natalie, a University of Michigan junior. "I'm experiencing a lot of the advantages that feminists worked to achieve, and I'm thankful.... But I don't know that women are still that much uneven from men, especially...
Doing Disservice: The Benefits and Limits of Volunteerism
NO MATTER WHAT WE DO, THOSE OF US IN OUR 20S can't seem to measure up to the Greatest Generation. That bygone nation of joiners, providers and world-beaters, in the standard story, puts to shame today's sad assemblage of narcissists and whiners. Gone...
Elections as an Exit Strategy
In central Iraq the United States now has its own West Bank, its own encounter with terrorism as a routine occurrence rather than a rare event. As George W. Bush likes to say, we have carried the fight to the enemy--and now are conveniently at hand...
Exporting Censorship to Iraq: The Press System We Allow the Iraqis Is Far from Free
FROM THE START, PROBLEMS SMALL and large plagued the Pentagon's media project in Iraq. The Iraqi Media Network (IMN). as it is known, is an American-run outfit contracted by the Pentagon to put out news after Saddam Hussein's fall. Its mission was...
Lost in the Translation
DRIVEN TO DESPERATION by the possibility that the millions the Republicans have invested in the California recall will result in the replacement of Democrat Gray Davis by Democrat Cruz Bustamante, the rightwing spin machine has kicked into overdrive,...
New Generation, New Politics: As Generation Y Steps into the Polling Booths, How Will Political Life Change?
A new generation is coming of age in America and politicians ignore it at their peril. Generation Y, as it's been called, is expected to be as large as the Baby Boom Generation, and when the full group is of voting age, it could have as much political...
Off the Wall Street Journal
Every so often, the journal publishes a piece so preposterous that it seems parody. The Journal for Sept. 3 carried a column by one Peter J. Wallison, identified as a fellow at the American "Enterprise Institute and former counsel to President Reagan....
Preserving Choice
Each year the anti-abortion movement becomes more aggressive and insidious in its campaign to undermine reproductive rights. But somehow the abortion-rights majority--convinced that a broad base of support protects the freedoms we cherish--dismisses...
Recalling the Future: Can a Bizarre Political Process Reverse California's Transformation into a Democratic State?
I. HIRAM JOHNSON'S MESS The land may have been ours before we were the land's, as Robert Frost wrote, but not in California. The Progressives saw to that. When people arrived in my home state, there were no political institutions to reach out to them...
Scandalous Schools: After a Quarter-Century of Tax Revolt, California's Schools Rank with Mississippi's
"THE CONDITION OF CALIFORNIA SCHOOL FACILITIES AND Policies Related to Those Conditions," a 2002 report by nationally recognized facilities expert Robert Corley, is written in stilted bureaucratese, but the conditions it describes are the stuff of...
Schools of Thought: The Liberal-Conservative Divide on College Campuses
During her first two years at the University of Pennsylvania, Stephanie Steward became convinced that she was being treated unfairly because of her political views. In her class on diversity and the law, a professor seemed obsessed with the evils of...
Sifting through the Rubble
Last February I had lunch with a friend who was teaching at one of the military war colleges. He told me that the officers he knew were uniformly skeptical about a war with Iraq. "I don't think they are worried about fighting Iraq but about garrisoning...
Tax, Tax, Tax; Yadda, Yadda, Yadda
WITH THE RECALL ALMOST upon us, it's hard to recognize the Golden State these days. As the usual rightwing spinmeisters and fabulists tell the tale, record high taxes have made the California economy look like Minsk under Brezhnev, and Californians...
The Real Supply Side
It's no secret that the nation's public schools are confronting their worst budget crisis in decades. Blame it on the combination of a lousy economy, state and local budget cuts, and unfunded federal mandates. The result is that many of America's 50...
The Students' Rep: Wisconsin Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin Knows How to Represent-And Turn Out-Young People
THE CAPITOL HILL OFFICE OF REP. TAMMY BALDWIN (D-Wis.) looks like nothing so much as a college bookstore without the books. Her University of Wisconsin-Madison pennant is proudly displayed, along with the matching stuffed bear, football and autographed...
The Young and the Jobless: Why Those New to the Workforce Stand to Lose the Most
It's not easy being young today. While America moves through an economic recovery, young workers are being left behind. And that's largely because, since the recovery officially began in November 2001, employment is down by more than a million. Of...
Ueberroth Bows Out
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER is ducking print journalists and their pesky questions, and no wonder: They want to know how he can funnel more money to schools and reduce college tuition, as he's promised, without raising taxes, something he's vowed not to...
Unilateralism Disgraced: The Price We All Have to Pay for Bush's Botched Tack
GEORGE W. BUSH'S DECISION TO GO to war against Iraq was based on three fundamental assumptions: Saddam Hussein's possession of weapons of mass destruction posed an imminent threat to the United States; turning Iraq into a stable and viable self-governing...
Virtual Politics: How the Internet Is Transforming Democracy
Retired four-star Gen. Wesley Clark seemed a very appealing fellow to retiree Eric Carbone. "I came out of retirement to work for this guy," he says, looking up from his computer in an office just around the corner from the White House. Carbone, a...
Which Side Are Yuan?
IN ONE AMERICAN CITY after another, local governments are starting to block the construction of Wal-Marts within their jurisdictions. Underselling its competition by paying poverty-level wages here in the United States and dictating sub subsistence...

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