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. 17, No. 11, November

Bodymore, Murdaland: Is the Wire a Cop Show? Well, Yes. but Having Widened Its Gaze to City Hall and beyond, It's Become a Seminar on the Fate of the American City
"It's Baltimore, gentlemen. The gods will not save you." --The police commissioner to his commanders on The Wire THE BALTIMORE POLICE DEPARTMENT'S 2005 annual report is crammed with statistics that tell a story. Violent crime is down in every...
Getting Serious about Good Jobs: We Need to Link Training, Job Structuring, and Economic Development
HOW TO GENERATE MORE GOOD jobs for Americans? Conventionally, policy-makers and economists give great weight to two strategies--education and economic development. Presumably, a better educated workforce will command higher pay. And economic development...
Human Failings
THE CROWNING DISGRACE OF THIS COUNTRY'S FIVE year experiment with one-party Republican rule was surely the passage of a bill on September 29 that sanctioned abusive treatment of prisoners in the "war on terror," banned habeas corpus claims for those...
Map Quest
I WAS INTRIGUED TO READ IN EARLY OCTOBER ABOUT the sale at auction, for nearly $4 million, of a map. It wasn't, naturally, just any map: It was the first atlas of the world ever printed, from 1477, based on the cartographic calculations of Claudius...
No Justice, No Growth: How Los Angeles Is Making Big-Time Developers Create Decent Jobs
ON THE MORNING OF JUNE 22, 1995, to the total astonishment of the people working and walking on Hollywood Boulevard--the sales clerks of a hundred shlock emporiums, the stoners, the runaways, and the crowds of ever-bewildered tourists who had trekked...
Outsourcing: Bigger Than You Thought: The Outsourcing Wave Is about to Hit the Service Sector. to Keep Good Service Jobs, We Need to Prepare the Workforce and Understand the Jobs
THE GREAT CONSERVATIVE POLITICAL philosopher Edmund Burke, who probably would not have been a reader of The American Prospect, once observed, "You can never plan the future by the past." But when it comes to preparing the American workforce for the...
Pyongyang Boomerang
REPUBLICAN GOVERNMENT DURING THE PAST SIX years has been a study in dissipation. No, I'm not referring to the Mark Foley scandal. I mean the dissipation of American power and influence in the world--the latest consequence of which is North Korea's...
Sour Mashed: Tennessee's Bill Frist Is Leaving the Senate. Left and Right Are Happy
IT TOOK ABOUT THREE YEARS OF helping to turn Afghanistan into a failed state before Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, the Republican from Tennessee, experienced his first moment of clarity. "A political solution is how it's all going to be solved,"...
The Road to Good Jobs
America needs more good jobs at good wages. The combination of deregulation, global low-wage competition, and the attack on unions has reduced the supply of reliable jobs with decent wages, benefits, and career prospects. This shift comes at a time...
War in Iraq 2003-??: The Pentagon Had No Intention of Staying in Iraq Forever. but the White House Won't Answer a Simple Yes-or-No Question about Permanent Bases, and the Situation Keeps Getting Worse. So Pentagon Brass Are Planning-And Building-For the (Very) Long Haul
Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, is an odd place to discover the possible fate of Iraq. But the fort, a 90-year-old Army base in the midst of suburbia, plays host to the Army's communications command, which has quite a lot invested in that country's future....
We Answer to the Name of Liberals
As right-wing politicians and pundits call us stooges for Osama bin Laden, Tony Judt charges, in a widely discussed and heatedly debated essay in the London Review of Books, that American liberals--without distinction--have "acquiesced in President...
What Lies Beneath: Some Oil Companies Boast about Their Commitment to Fighting Global Warming. but as the Arctic Heats Up, These Same Companies Are Racing to Drill in Newly Melted Waters. the Rush to Exploit the Melting Ice Cap Is On
Joern Skov Nielsen surely qualifies as one of the more obscure government ministers in the world. Head of Greenland's Bureau of Minerals and Petroleum, he operates out of an office in Nuuk, capital of Greenland, a semiautonomous region of Denmark with...
Where the Boys Are
REMEMBER TITLE IX, THE FEDERAL LEGISLATION that guarantees equality by sex in education? It was passed in 1972, on the heels of racial integration, and with a rather similar rationale: Separate was not deemed to be equal either in law or in educational...
Who Glossed China? Nicholas Lardy Is Widely Respected. Naturally, He's Almost Always Wrong
AFTER THE ECONOMIST NICHOLAS Lardy visited China in the mid-1980s, he came away distinctly skeptical. While Chinese leaders were gearing up for a huge export drive, Lardy predicted "a marked slowing in Chinas trade expansion in the years ahead" In...

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