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. 4, April

Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., 1917-2007
WHEN ROBERT KUTTNER, ROBERT REICH, AND PAUL STARR FIRST CONCEIVED the idea for a liberal magazine that was to become The American Prospect, one of the first people they consulted was Arthur Schlesinger. It was an obvious choice: As a historian, activist,...
Diagnostic Test
DIAGNOSTIC TEST Many commentators have discussed meltdowns on the part of the current vice president, and rumors of resignation are flying. For future administrations, here's a chart designed to help categorize and evaluate vice presidential meltdowns...
Don't Count on Shareholders
AN ACQUAINTANCE OF MINE SITS ON THE BOARD OF A major company that just agreed to pay its CEO close to $10 million this year, including deferred compensation and stock options. I asked him how he and his board colleagues could possibly justify that...
Freakopolitics
IF YOU START TO READ THE POLICY PROPOSALS OF THE Democratic presidential candidates and the main stream Democratic think tanks, you will quickly get the impression that, while Democrats see lots of problems, there's always just one solution: a tax...
Friendly Takeover: By Common Consent, the Most Influential Figure Setting the Economic Course of the Democratic Party Is Banker Robert Rubin. but His Counsel Isn't Likely to Help Either the Democrats, Their Constituents, or the Economy. Why Does He Have So Much Influence?
IN APRIL 2004, AFL-CIO PRESIDENT JOHN SWEENEY grew concerned that John Kerry was getting too much of his economic advice from the Wall Street wing of the Democratic Party. Kerry had just completed his primary sweep. In the general election, he would...
Hillary Clinton for President? an American Prospect Debate
PRO By GARANCE FRANKERUTA "HILLARY CLINTON IS TOO AMBITIOUS TO BE OUR FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT," an editorial in The Onion joked last year. "What's more, nobody asked her to run.... Shouldn't the first woman to break the gender barrier of the American...
Hollywood Reclaimed: The Old Studios Left Blacks out of Their Gangster Films, Musicals, and Myths. Now, Black Filmmakers Are Appropriating Those Myths as Their Own
THE TITLE OF GAYLE PEMBERTON'S essay "Do He Have Your Number, Mr. Jeffrey?" comes from an off-screen line in Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window. The speaker was a babysitter, but the character's infantile drawl--the old stereotype of black people as dawdling,...
Paulson's Deregulation Mission
LAST MAY, WHEN HENRY PAULSON WAS NOMINATED by President Bush to be treasury secretary, the Gold man Sachs chairman declared, "We must take steps to maintain our competitive edge in the world." Five months later, Paulson warmly embraced a private-sector...
Wal-Mart Comes North: The Continuation of the Civil War by Other Means
WAL-MART, AS EVERYBODY KNOWS, BEGAN IN the backwaters of the rural South--though not everybody knows just how rural, how southern, how backwater. Wal-Mart's southernness, however, is precisely what sets the chain apart from the handful of other companies...
Who You Gonna Call? No Constitutional Lawyer Has Won a Single Case Keeping Soldiers from Being Redeployed to Iraq. but a Couple of Manhattan Lawyers, Whose Other Clients Have Included John Gotti and Joe Columbo, Are Batting Five for Five
STUART P. SLOTNICK DOES NOT LOOK LIKE A REBELLIOUS lawyer. Photos of him alongside prominent Republicans including Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomi berg decorate his office on the 35th floor of One Chase Manhattan Plaza, and a World War II-era "Pledge...
Why Economists Can't See the Economy: Economic Theory and Economic Fact Have Long since Parted Company. and since We Structure the World According to the Theories of Economists, This Imperils Just about Everything
"The purpose of studying economics is not to acquire a set of of ready-made answers to economic questions, but to avoid being deceived by economists." --Joan Robinson, Cambridge University ON PAGE ONE OF THE WEALTH OF NATIONS, ADAM Smith illustrates...
Why Liberalism Works: Conservatism Is in Shambles; Liberals Have a New Opportunity. but What Do They Stand for? Not Mere High-Mindedness. Liberalism Is a Practical Strategy for a Free Society-And for Solving the Mess Conservatives Will Leave Behind
LIBERALISM IS DEEPLY ROOTED IN AMERICAN SOIL, so much so that in the years after World War II, many historians and social scientists regarded the liberal project and the American civic creed as more or less the same. The proposition that each of us...

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