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. 18, No. 1, January-February

A Gulf of Good Intentions: Can New Orleans Rebuild along Green, Sustainable, Affordable Lines? That Will Take Serious Resources-As Well as Better Cooperation
BACK IN NOVEMBER 2005, BARELY THREE MONTHS after Hurricane Katrina, the Washington, D.C.-based Urban Land Institute presented its recommendations for rebuilding a post-apocalyptic New Orleans. One recommendation called for shrinking the city footprint,...
Arms Dealers to the World: The Defense Industry Wants Fewer Controls on Its Exports of Armaments
NO ONE CAN ACCUSE THE DEFENSE industry of lacking audacity. Despite receiving vast sums of money from the Pentagon each year, and having much of Congress in their back pocket, arms manufacturers have been holding conference after conference of late...
Doctoring Health Care, I: Democrats, Business, and Labor Look to 2008
FOR ALL THE HYPE OVER THE Democrats retaking Congress, you'd think the reemergence of that body's liberal lions would, in short order, bring about universal health care and a host of other panaceas. Winning universal health care, alas, remains unlikely,...
Doctoring Health Care, II: Yo, democrats/Medicare Is Privatizing!
IF YOU'RE A SENIOR CITIZEN OR JUST happen to know one, you're probably familiar with the flaws in the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA)--the legislative monstrosity that Congress enacted, after one very long night in 2003 when Tom DeLay held the vote...
Green Common Ground
Prospect Co-Editor Robert Kuttner spoke with Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Bart Harvey, chairman of the board of Enterprise Community Partners. The NRDC is one of America's leading environmental groups....
Healthy Communities, Healthy People
I WORK JUST BLOCKS FROM ONE OF the poorest areas in Washington, D.C. There are liquor stores, convenience stores, and gas stations, but nothing resembling a grocery store with fresh, affordable produce. The playgrounds are dilapidated, with rusting...
Help Wanted-Green: Green Development Could Be a Big Generator of Good Jobs-If America Will Seize the Opportunity
THERE ARE GOOD JOBS TO BE HAD IN ENVIRON-mentally friendly development, and construction jobs are just the beginning. Thousands of jobs are in products that go into green buildings. The job potential in renewable energy production is even more impressive....
How to Create Populists
SEVERAL YEARS AGO I HAD A PHILOSOPHICAL conversation with my good friend and Cabinet colleague Bob Rubin over lunch in the White House mess. Cabinet members rarely talk philosophy. There isn't time. Mostly, they talk about how to put out the next fire....
In Arabic in English in D.C.: Up to a Point, Al Jazeera English Looks like Your Cable News. Past That Point, It Doesn't. Not That You Can See It, Anyway
AL JAZEERA HAS BEEN CALLED "THE terrorist network," a "beheadings channel," and "a mouthpiece for Osama bin Laden." Yet there was Dave Marash, 64, Al Jazeera's improbable anchor, sitting at his computer in a seventh-floor corner office in its K Street...
Murder & Migration: A U.S. Trade Deal with Colombia May Just Have Been Signed, but Foreign Investment Projects Have Already Cost Afro-Colombians Their Land and Their Lives
DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS ANYWHERE IN THE world often have a high human cost. In Colombia, the price is olden measured in human lives and blood. Esperanza (she would risk her life, she says, if her real name appeared in print) saw her neighbors pay that...
Not Just for the Gentry: Can the "New Urbanism" of Green City Neighborhoods, Convenient to Transportation and Jobs, Also Provide Affordable Housing?
WE NEED TO IMAGINE A FUTURE IN WHICH Los Angeles is the greenest and cleanest big city in America," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said in his April 2006 state of the city address. That s a tall order when you consider Los Angeles' long-standing love affair...
Rejecting the Right: On Issue after Issue, Conservatives Are Increasingly Isolated from Their Fellow Americans
ONE SWALLOW DOES NOT A SUMMER MAKE NOR one election a new era. But some significant new realities that emerged from 2006 merit attention. First, clearly, this was a sweeping victory. Democrats had to overcome the Republican advantages in incumbency,...
Sustainable Cities: Smart Growth Is Newly Fashionable. but What Will It Take to Turn Fashion into National Policy?
A "GREEN REVOLUTION" IS BURGEONING IN America's cities and towns. And it's a surprise. Six years ago, as we exited an economically exuberant but perilously polluting 20th century, the idea would have seemed chimerical. True, by the 1990s we'd begun...
Taking Back the States: Massachusetts' Deval Patrick, New York's Eliot Spitzer, and Ohio's Ted Strickland Head a New Crop of Democratic Governors Who Can Renew American Progressivism
If the states, as Louis Brandeis put it, are the laboratories of democracy, then it's only fitting that the 2006 election, which ushered in a host of eager new experimenters, fell just a week before Brandeis' 150th birthday. For the first time since...
The Little Pill That Could: Can RU-486 Also Treat Cancer? Pro-Choice Advocates Hope So
IN THE MID-1990S, THE ABORTION wars were at a fever pitch over the impending approval of RU-486. Time magazine called it "The Pill that Changes Everything," The New York Times Magazine dubbed it a 'little white bombshell," and anti-abortion leaders...
The New Environment for Housing: With a Few Crusading Advocates to Lead the Way, the Market for Green Affordable Housing Shows Promise
STARTING OUT, RICK GOODEMANN WAS A MINNESOTA construction worker hired to refurbish a dilapidated building that had served as low-income housing for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He remembers feeling a sense of waste in hammering...
The Overrated Swing Voter
ONE LESSON OF THE 2006 VOTE WAS SO OBVIOUS that Ron Brownstein of the Los Angeles Times was able to write about it two days before the election: the return of the swing voter. Karl Rove's strategy of mobilizing a conservative Republican base while...
The Real Judicial Activists
IN DISCUSSIONS OF "JUDICIAL ACTIVISM," ALMOST everyone focuses on how often Supreme Court justices vote to strike down acts of Congress. These discussions neglect a question that is, in terms of the Court's actual workload, much more important: How...
The Way Out
WOULD LEAVING IRAQ MEAN "SURRENDERING" to the enemy and "losing" the war? That is how the war's supporters have cast the alternative of a phased American withdrawal. But at a time when the Taliban are gaining strength in Afghanistan and have seized...

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