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. 8, October

Beware: Judges with a Vision
In 1940, a small group of children, bullied by intolerant adults, sought the protection of the United States Supreme Court. The nation's highest court spat in their faces. The results were so violent and tragic that the Court reversed itself three...
Disorder in the Court
The Iowa Supreme Court publishes, on average, a little more than 100 decisions a year. Each ruling goes online first thing Friday mornings. When Varnum v. Brien went live at 8:15 A.M. April 3, 2009, the court's website crashed when more than a million...
Foundering Fathers: The Authors of the Constitution Were in Love with Gridlock. We've Been Paying the Price Ever Since
"The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation," Franklin Roosevelt declared as he campaigned for the presidency in the spring of 1932. "It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it...
History's Missed Moment: Why Did the Greatest Failure of Laissez-Faire Capitalism since the Great Depression Lead to a Turn to the Right Rather Than the Left in Both Europe and the U.S.?
The epic financial crash of 2007-2008 should have produced a massive political defeat for the conservative ideology whose resurgence began three decades ago. Its signal achievement, liberated finance, did not reward innovation, enhance economic efficiency,...
Property Values
Jeremy Rifkin, president of the Foundation on Economic Trends, argues in his new book, The Third Industrial Revolution, that when energy and communications revolutions happen at the same time--as they are now--ideas about property change. Here, Rifkin...
Stanching the Cash Flow
The influence of special-interest money in the corruption of state courts has been well documented. In 39 states, at least some judges are elected, and the costs of these elections are escalating dramatically. The money for such campaigns comes primarily...
The Bachmann Mystique
On August 11, at a Republican debate in Iowa held two days before she won the straw poll in Ames, Michele Bachmann deflected a question that brought boos from the audience. The moderator, Byron York of the Washington Examiner, had asked the Minnesota...
The Commons: Zipcar and Flexcar Started an Economic Revolution in Urbanized America. but How Much Are We Willing to Share?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the late 1990s, when Robin Chase and her cofounders started testing names for what would become the car-sharing network Zipcar, they quickly learned to avoid the word "sharing." "Every one that had the word 'share' in it,"...
The Dirty Work: In Their New Movies, George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh Capture the Conflicting Strains of Obama Culture
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Back in the Clinton years, a friend moved to D.C. to become a Washington correspondent. Shortly after he arrived, the job fell through. When I called to ask how he was doing, he told me he was actually kind of relieved: "I...
The President's Frenemies: In Publicly Attacking Barack Obama Are Tavis Smiley and Cornel West Upholding the Prophetic Tradition of Martin Luther King or Acting out of Personal Pique-Or Both?
It's a packed house at St. Sabina's Church on the South Side of Chicago. The pews are full, and attendees who didn't come early on this August Sunday must huddle in the back, though they don't have to strain to hear the speakers, media maven Tavis...
The War on America
In 1885, the year Johannes Brahms finished his Fourth Symphony, the German lands were the heart of European civilization. German was spoken in a thousand-mile belt extending from Konigsberg (now Russia) to Strasbourg (now France). Germany, displaying...
Under the Influence
Early in 2008, supporters of Wisconsin Justice Louis Butler heard that someone was looking for mug shots of his former clients, the accused criminals whom Butler had represented as a public defender back in the 1980s. Attack ads were brewing against...

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