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. 16, No. 3, March

A Double-Barreled Attack
GEORGE W. BUSH'S SOCIAL SECURITY PROPOSALS have come under heavy and deserved attack over the past few months. But a few key points should be made clearer. First, repeat after me: Cutting Social Security benefits does not mean "saving" Social Security....
Against the Neocons: "The Fact Remains That the Iraqi Operation Has Gravely Undermined American Global Credibility."
AN INTERVIEW WITH ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI, PRESIDENT CARTER'S national-security adviser and the author, most recently, of The Choice: Global Domination or Global Leadership, spoke with Michael Tomasky on January 31 about the Iraqi...
A Ladies' First?
OF THE MANY GENDER gaps in the political arena, one of the most persistent has been the donor gap. As recently as 2000, women donors were responsible for just one-quarter of hard-money contributions greater than $200 to political candidates, and just...
A Listless Party: The RNC Inherited the Bush Campaign's List of Donors and Volunteers, but on the Democratic Side, the Kerry List Belongs to ... John Kerry
LIKE OTHER JOURNALISTS, I FIRST heard of the Democratic Senate opposition agenda, proposed by Minority Leader Harry Reid in late January, by e-mail--specifically, an e-mail that came from Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Ken Mehlman. The...
An Ocean Apart: The United States and Europe Have Vital Shared Interests, but Is the Bush Administration Serious about Finding Common Ground?
HISTORY WILL SURELY JUDGE US NOT BY OUR old disagreements but by our new achievements," Condoleezza Rice told a Paris audience on February 8, speaking on her first European trip as secretary of' state. If the Bush administration is truly interested...
A Temporary Fix: A Rapidly Growing Contingent Workforce Could Benefit from Labor and Management Partnerships, but the NLRB Stands in the Way
WITH THE WHITE HOUSE AND congressional conservatives ramping up to make the coming four years as memorable as the last, it is easy to miss some of their less conspicuous exploits. Many of those have taken place at the National Labor Relations Board...
Bush's Tipping Point
THE GREAT SOCIAL SECURITY BATTLE OF 2005 COULD well be remembered as the tipping point that ended George W. Bush's remarkable winning streak. It's now clear that Democrats are not about to provide Bush bipartisan cover for privatization. Even usually...
China as No. 1: Bush Wants Freedom Everywhere. but the World's Biggest Dictatorship Is Now One of America's Biggest Creditors. Guess Who Has the Leverage on Whom?
IN THE 15TH CENTURY, VENICE WAS ONE OF THE WORLD'S richest cities and ranked among the great powers because its navy controlled the Mediterranean and its merchants controlled the trade in goods, especially spices. Then Portuguese Captain Vasco da Gama...
Disconnected: There Are Progressive Foreign-Policy Thinkers, and They Even Produce Ideas. So Why Aren't Democratic Politicians?
ON THE EVENING OF JANUARY 4, I HAD DINNER with a small group of progressive intellectuals at a Capitol Hill restaurant. The question at hand, though unstated, was obvious: What ails the Democrats, and what's to be done about it? As wine was poured...
Hitchy 'N' Horowitz
BACK IN AUGUST 1999, when he was promoting his soon-to-be-released book, Hating Whitey and Other Progressive Causes, left-wing radical turned right-wing radical David Horowitz observed that "it is precisely because Bush is perceived as a candidate...
Law and Border
LET'S SAY YOU'RE Michael Chertoff, and you want to build a fence. What would you need? According to the House of Representatives, anything you want. As the Real ID Act, passed by a 261-to-161 margin on February 10, says, "[T]he Secretary of Homeland...
Mangling Franklin
WHEN I APPEARED ON FOX NEWS' THE BIG STORY on February 4, anchor John Gibson asserted that Franklin D. Roosevelt anticipated George W. Bush's privatization plan, quoting FDR as saying in 1935 that Social Security "ought ultimately to be supplanted...
Neo-Economics: The Neoconservatives Have Measured American Power Solely by Military Might. They've Left out Something Important
IN LATE JANUARY, AFTER WEEKS OF WAITING FOR A SIGN that the Bush administration would lead a coordinated effort to try to prevent the dollar's recent slide from turning into a full-fledged crash, the world finally seemed to get the message. "There's...
On beyond Data
"IT'S A BUDGET THAT FOcuses on results," President Bush told reporters on the day he sent his $2.57 trillion budget to Congress. "Taxpayers in America don't want us spending their money on something that's not achieving results." Of course, results...
Pulpit Bullies: You Might Think the Doings in One Small-Town Mosque Don't Amount to Much. You Would Be Very Wrong
"And we have raised, from among them, leaders ..."--Koran, al-Sajdah, "The Prostration," 32:24 JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT ONE FRIDAY LAST DECEMBER, an Egyptian American professor of electrical engineering at West Virginia University, clad in a track suit...
Ritual Abuse: Abu Ghraib Was Supposed to Be the End of U.S. Torture, Once the Scandal Was Exposed. but What If It Was Just the Beginning?
THE WALLS AND CEILING WERE PAINTED BLACK. Acid rock blared around the clock. It was cold in the tiled room, located in a building outside Baghdad International Airport, on January 1, 2004. But despite the chilly temperature, Mohamed (he asked me to...
Squeeze Time: The Biggest Budget Battle since the Famous Clinton-Gingrich Face-Off Isn't Just about Cuts. It's about the GOP's Real Goal: Permanent Cuts
"ALL BUDGETS HAVE GOT TO BE based on priorities," George W. Bush said on February 8, "and mine are clear." He wasn't lying. The president's $2.57 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year 2006 calls for a 16-percent cut in all non-homeland domestic...
That Other Forum: The Agenda at the World Social Forum Was-Well, 268 Pages Long. but the Road from Davos to Porto Alegre Appears to Be a Long One
PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL -- WHAT DO BILL GATES, TONY Blair, and Sharon Stone have in common? All spent the last week of January hanging out in Davos, the exclusive Swiss resort town that for the last three decades has been home to the World Economic Forum,...
The Good Book: The America Portrayed by Sinclair Lewis in Elmer Gantry Used to Be a Distant Memory. but the Novel's Surprising Lessons Are Relevant Again
IT HAS BEEN ALMOST 80 YEARS SINCE novelist Sinclair Lewis set his most iconic fictional creation, a hell-raiser turned hellfire preacher named Elmer Gantry, loose on an unsuspecting America. For a clergyman in his 70s, Gantry has proven to be remarkably...
The Gravest Danger: The President Who Invaded Iraq Citing Fear of Nuclear Blackmail Has Been Cavalier about Preventing It Elsewhere
WHEN ASKED IN THE FIRST PRESIDENTIAL Debate of 2004 what constitutes the "single most serious threat to American national security," there was a brief instant of agreement between President Bush and Senator Kerry. Both answered, "Nuclear terrorism."...
The Liberal Uses of Power: Clarity in Dealing with Terrorism, Yes; and Also in Living Up to Our Highest Ideals
IT IS A SHAME THERE WILL NEVER BE A DEBATE ABOUT FOREIGN POLICY BETWEEN the George W. Bush who ran for president in 2000 and the one who now occupies the office. As a candidate five years ago, Bush said that the United States should act as a "humble...
The Middle East: Thinking Big: President Bush's Several Policies Don't Connect. Here's a Better Way to Bring Greater Security, Democracy, and Development to the Region
ONE CERTAINLY CANNOT FAULT GEORGE W. BUSH for lacking what his father famously called "the vision thing." Immediately after the September 11 attacks, the president announced a war on all terrorists "with global reach," and warned state sponsors of...
Theocracy Now: What Will the Shia Parties Want Once They Have Power in Iraq? Exactly What America Doesn't Want
NOT SINCE THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTION OF 1979 has the Middle East witnessed a political upheaval of the magnitude of the Iraqi election held on January 30. The Shia majority has now come decisively to power in the new parliament, and it may make the Kurds...
To Convict One Doctor, Zealots at DEA Tore Up Pain Guidelines Developed over Four Years
Last August, after an historic collaboration between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the University of Wisconsin's Pain & Policy Studies Group, the PEA published new and widely applauded Pain Management Guidelines intended to protect physicians...
Within Our Ken
JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH: HIS LIFE, HIS POLITICS, HIS ECONOMICS BY RICHARD PARKER Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 832 pages, $35.00 THE STORY OF OUR TIMES IS THE ongoing rise of American conservatism, and to read a biography of John Kenneth Galbraith is...
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