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. 12, December

Gettysburg, Again: Four Decades after the South Started Going Republican, Its Influence Is Receding as the North Becomes More Democratic. (Which Is Why the Democrats Aren't Moving Right.)
THE REVOLUTION IS OVER. After 12 years of GOP control of both chambers of Congress and a majority of American governors' offices, the Republican era has finally imploded. And while it was accelerated by self-inflicted wounds from bribery and a child-predation...
Gut Instincts: In 2006, the Democrats Belatedly Learned to Connect with Voters Emotionally. A Little Political Nerve-And Understanding of Voters' Neurons-Goes a Long Way
IN POLITICS, WE TEND TO THINK IN TERMS OF issues and policies. And as the dust begins to settle on the midterm elections, pollsters and pundits have begun to settle on the meaning of the elections: "Voters were angry about Iraq," or "Voters were disgusted...
In but Not of Israel: Right-Wing Israeli Jews Want to Redraw Borders to Shift Israeli Arabs into Palestine. but the Israeli Arabs-Even the Islamists-Want to Stay
FIVE DAYS INTO ISRAEL'S WAR WITH HEZBOLLAH, I VISITED THE UMM EL-FAHM Gallery in the town whose name it bore. Umm El-Fahm, the largest Muslim community in Israel, with a population of 43,000, anchors the largely Arab Triangle area on the coastal plain...
It Wasn't Just Iraq: While the Economy Vexed the Republicans, Some Old-Fashioned Populism Helped the Democrats. How Can the Democrats Build on Their Success for 2008 and Beyond?
JUST ABOUT EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS THE importance of Iraq to the Democrats' success in the 2006 midterm elections. Far fewer, we suspect, understand that the Democrats owe a good chunk of their 2006 success to an issue that has historically been one of...
Lessons for Democrats
THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON TO BE LEARNED BY Democrats from recent events in both the real and political worlds is that economic growth alone is not enough. Expansion of gross domestic product is a good thing, but 4 percent annual growth does not guarantee...
Permission to Stand Down: By Mid-March, the Baker-Hamilton Commission Will Declare Withdrawal from Iraq a Respectable Option. That Will Be a Disaster for Republicans, and Great News for Democrats Eyeing the White House
SOMETIME BETWEEN NOW AND MARCH 15, 2007, everything you know about the Iraq debate will change. It won't be because of any dramatic shift in the fortunes of a disastrous war: If current trends continue, the five coming months offer the escalation of...
Rush Limbaugh, Still Liberated
"Now I'm liberated from having to constantly come in here every day and try to buck up a bunch of people who don't deserve it, to try to carry the water and make excuses for people who don't deserve it."--Rush Limbaugh, November 8, 2006 The second...
Strategic Two-Fers: How the Democrats Can Do Good and Help Their Friends
JUST A FEW YEARS AGO, LIBERALS were cowering before Karl Rove's plans to permanently marginalize the Democratic Party and construct an enduring Republican majority. With Rove's reputation at an apex and the hapless Democrats still reeling from their...
The People, Yes
AS OUR COVER PACKAGE OF ARTICLES SUGGESTS, the Democrats triumphed in 2006 not just because of Iraq and Republican blunders running the gamut from Katrina to macaca, but because Democrats at last ran as economic populists. Although the economy was...
The Populist Persuasion: The Incoming Senate Democrats May Differ on Cultural Issues, but They All like Unions and Alternative Energy, and Can't Stand Drug Companies and Free Trade
NEARLY FOUR DECADES AFTER IT HAPPENED, the assassination of Robert Kennedy still presents us with the greatest might-have-been of the past half-century of American politics. In the months before his murder, campaigning across the country in 1968's...
The Reverse K Street Project
IN NOVELS, FILMS, OR REAL LIFE, THERE'S REALLY only one Washington story: Newcomer comes to town, full of idealism and ready to change the country, but soon encounters the permanent government that defines what you can't do and whom you have to deal...
Times out of Joint: In Los Angeles, Profiteers and Bean Counters Conspire to Drag Down a Great American Newspaper. Can Local Gazillionaires Save It?
LAST SUMMER, I MADE THE MISTAKE of asking a Los Angeles Times reporter how he felt about life in a wholly owned subsidiary of the Tribune Company. He made a sour face and said he was worried about his pension. Dinner was ruined for a while. Reporters...
Uncivil Libertarians: Civil War Rages at the ACLU, as the Old Executive Director Attacks the New One. It's All about First Principles. or Wartime Exigencies. or Stresses of Growth. or Generational Change. or Oedipal Tensions. or Quarrelsome DNA. or All of the Above
Ira Glasser is a fighter. He's been defending freedom of speech, the right to privacy, and the right to due process for more than 30 years through his work with the American Civil Liberties Union, including 23 years as the head of the organization....
Vicca with a W
WHEN I TALK TO MYSELF, I SOUND LIKE AN OLD Jew. This is not because I am all too quickly actually becoming an old Jew, mind you. It's that the voice I use to argue with and amuse myself is my grandparents--all of them Russian Jews who came to America...
While Thousands Die: The U.N. Force to Secure Darfur from Genocide Hasn't Budged an Inch
THIS AUGUST, THE UNITED NATIONS Security Council authorized a major force--more than 22,000 strong--to deploy to Darfur. Under the Security Council's mandate, the U.N. troops would take over Darfur's defense from the undersized and ill-equipped African...