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. 20, No. 5, June

Across District Lines
"UPPER CAUCASIA" IS NOT THE NICEST NAME FOR one of Washington, D.C.'s "nicest" areas. Situated west of Rock Creek Park and just south of Tony Bethesda, Maryland, are a number of neighborhoods--Chevy Chase, Friendship Heights, Tenleytown--that offer...
A Family-Leave Safety Net: How to Make Paid Time off an Option for All Workers, Not Just a Perk Available to Some
Unlike nearly every other developed nation, the U.S. government does not require that workers have access to paid leave from work for the birth of a child or to care for an ill family member. While some employers do the right thing and provide paid...
Betting the Fed: The Federal Reserve Can Do What Democratic Institutions Can't. but Its Days as a Shadow Government May Be Numbered
In the banking panic of 1907, J. Pierpont Morgan personally organized a syndicate of financiers to provide $25 million to collapsing banks. It was this panic that finally persuaded Congress in 1913 to create the Federal Reserve System--not a single...
Blacks in Space: In Most Sci-Fi Movies, Why Does the Future Look So White?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] STAR TREK'S LT. UHURA WAS A science-fiction pioneer in the 1970s--a black woman answering the phone, I mean computer, in space. Uhura, played by actress Nichelle Nichols, was the communications officer, a role that would go...
Green Peacemaker: Can the New Head of the EPA Fight for Both Business and Justice?
The first African American chief administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson, gave her first public address in late January at the Advancing Climate Justice conference, an assembly of environmental-justice organizations from...
Is MSNBC a Serious News Outlet, or Has It Become the Fox News of the Left?
TIM FERNHOLZ: Let's talk MSNBC--it's becoming more liberal, with Ed Schultz's new show along with Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow making up the bulk of the evening programming. I think the problem with MSNBC is it takes all the things you hate about...
New Kids on the Hill: To See Where the Parties Are Headed, Look to the Youngest Members of Congress
The wheels of government turn slowly during a typical Thursday morning on the Hill, where the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is prepping legislation for the floor. The hearing attracts only 12 or so of the 75 members who might wish...
Our Modern Ideas-Draft 1
"GOP Launches Listening Tour ... To make a political comeback, the GOP leaders argued, the party needs to modernize its ideas and agenda." --Politico, May 2, 2009 After nearly three years of corrupt Democrat rule in Congress, the Republican Party...
Outside the 9-to-5: When Most of Us Are at Home, at Night and on the Weekend, Millions of People-Many of Them Women with Children-Are at Work
One in five employees in the United States works mostly at nonstandard times--during the evening, at night, or on rotating shifts-and one in three works on the weekend. Despite their prevalence, nonstandard-hour workers are remarkably invisible, remaining...
Pink-Collar Blues: Does the Recession Provide an Opportunity to Remedy Occupational Gender Segregation?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If you're paying attention to the numbers, you could be forgiven for thinking that the recession represents some kind of feminist watershed. With men accounting for four-fifths of the layoffs since the crisis began in December...
Settling for Radicalism: How the Israeli Government Has Fostered Religious Extremism and Fractured Its Own Democracy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The small compound on the green hillside has several identities. It is the Elisha pre-military academy, a government-funded training ground for the next generation of highly motivated Israeli soldiers and officers. It is an...
The Invisible Workers: For Nannies and Housekeepers, the Home Is a Workplace, and They're Fighting for Basic Rights
Most labor organizers camp outside of factories and businesses, waiting to catch workers in between shifts. When Jocelyn Gill-Campbell recruits workers, she hits up parks, playgrounds, and libraries, looking for the 200,000 women who tend to New York's...
The Mystery of the Right
ONE OF THE GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE first several months of Barack Obama's presidency has been the near-total marginalization of the Republican right. Rather than developing a coherent alternative to the president's agenda, the right has descended...
The Next Tax Revolt: Progressives Need to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love Taxes
It's doubtful anyone has ever enjoyed paying taxes. In most developed democracies, taxation is a necessary evil that finances the services that make for a fair and dynamic society. Taxes let people take risks with their lives, guarantee a financially...
The Peak Shrink: Freaked out about the End of Oil? There's a Therapist for That
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN A SMALL LIBERAL town in Massachusetts' Berkshires, Kathy McMahon makes her living spicing up people's sex lives. But arguably her most prescient work is not as a couple's therapist; it's as an online advice columnist for...
Tough Love for Obama
BARACK OBAMA IS ONE OF THREE NOMINEES I VOTED for with enthusiasm. The first, Lyndon Johnson (then in his 1964 civil-rights and anti-poverty phase), self-destructed over Vietnam. The second, George McGovern, lost 49 states. For the next three decades,...
Wealth-Care Reform: Fixing Our Health-Care System Will Make Us More Economically Secure. It Won't Make Us Much Healthier
Amy and Lane are the sort of entrepreneurs politicians mythologize. Folks who stepped out of the safety of corporate employment, identified a market niche, and filled it. The couple owns a small broadband Internet-access provider in Northeastern Iowa....
When Opting out Isn't an Option: It's Time to Shift the Conversation about Women and Work
To hear the media tell the tale, the central problem facing working women today is the question of whether they should leave their professional careers to raise children. For much of the past decade, the "opt out" debate has been a staple of style...
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