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. 3, March

America's China Fantasy: Our Political and Business Leaders Insist That Opening China to Trade Will Eventually Turn It into a Democracy. but What If They're Just Making an Authoritarian State Much More Powerful?
America has been operating with the wrong paradigm for China. Day after day, U.S. officials carry out policies based upon premises about China's future that are at best questionable and at worst downright false. The mistake lies in the very assumption...
Atlantic Passages: How Europe Supports Working Parents and Their Children
MANY RICH COUNTRIES DO A far better job than the United States does of supporting workers who are balancing the competing demands of employment and parenthood. Several European countries, especially in northern and western Europe, provide extensive...
Canoeing Life's River
I GREW UP IN AN URBAN WORLD OF CONCRETE AND asphalt. Nature was a few weeds sprouting up from sidewalk cracks in August. Summer camp was for rich kids. So I spent a lot of time dreaming of living in the wilderness, fueled by images from James Fenimore...
Congressional Battleground
Can the public make its will felt through Congress and start the difficult process of bringing closure to the Iraq War? Although the voters spoke last November, the administration has seen no need to listen. But the prospect of another defeat in 2008...
Dirty Harry Goes P.C.: Clint Eastwood's Empathy with Doomed Japanese Soldiers Whitewashes Their Barbaric Warmaking
AMONG FILM CRITICS, THERE seems to be a longing for a filmmaker who can assume the mantle of American master. And for many of them, Clint Eastwood is just the man. Choosing Eastwood's Letters From Iwo Jima as the best movie of 2006, The New York Times'...
How Congress Got Us out of Vietnam: Once upon a Time, Congress Put an End to a Bloody Debacle. It Can Do It Again
SINCE JANUARY 10, WHEN PRESIDENT BUSH PROPOSED a "troop surge" in Iraq, the administration has responded to legislative critics by stating that Congress cannot handle the responsibility of conducting an effective war. "You cannot run a war by committee,"...
Must Trade Kill Equality?
AN ECONOMIC STRATEGY TO ADVANCE OPPORTUNITY, PROSPERITY, AND GROWTH BY ROBERTC. ALTMAN, JASON E. BORDOFF, PETER R. ORSZAG, AND ROBERT E. RUBIN The Hamilton Project, 28 pages, free at Hamiltonproject.org HOW WE COMPETE: WHAT COMPANIES AROUND THE...
Raising the Bar: John Edwards Is the Most Populist Presidential Candidate We've Seen in Many Decades. but Can This Tribune for the Poor Champion the Middle Class as Well?
IF THE SECRET TO SAMSON'S STRENGTH LAY IN HIS curly locks, the source of John Edwards' power is his voice. Speaking in a honeyed North Carolinian drawl peppered with "sirs" and "pleases," Edwards can talk of populism and class in terms that would get...
Responsive Workplaces: The Business Case for Employment That Values Fairness and Families
MORE AND MORE, WORKING PARENTS HAVE DUAL--and dueling--responsibilities on the job and at home. Yet today's workplace often seems stuck in a time warp, modeled for Ward and June Cleaver when the reality feels more like television's Survivor. Some...
Setting a Low Bar
Every year, Working Mother magazine announces its much-anticipated "100 Best Companies." Employers leap to publicize their inclusion on the list, and it's routinely a best-selling issue. But is the "100 Best"--and similar lists published by other magazines...
Settlement Creep
AT FIRST GLANCE, IT SEEMED LIKE GOOD NEWS: In January, Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz froze plans for a new settlement in the West Bank, partly in response to U.S. objections. Just a few weeks before, Peretz had given the go-ahead for the establishment...
Sight Unseen: When Curators Began Creating Vietnam's First International Art Show since 1962, They Hoped Their Country's New Openness to Western Business Would Mean More Cultural Freedom. Were They Ever Wrong
THE ARTIST WAS SPREAD-EAGLED AGAINST THE wall. Dinh Q. Le had been putting up an enormous piece of artwork in the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum when he realized that he was missing his level, one of only two available for the installation of Saigon...
Six and Two
WHEN I WAS IN COLLEGE, DURING RONALD REAGAN'S "Morning in America," I had a classmate who is the person I always think of when I try to imagine the young George W. Bush. (Although the comparison is terribly unfair to this person, since unlike Bush,...
The Architecture of Work and Family: To Have a Job and a Life, We Need to Redesign the National Household
WE HEAR A LOT OF TALK IN THE UNITED STATES today about "family values" and "personal responsibility." And yet being a good family member here can cost you your job or a career opportunity, or imperil your health and security. Conversely, being a conscientious...
The Mother of All Issues: What It Will Take to Put Work and Family on the National Agenda
GENERATION X HAS GROWN up. Its members and their personalities consumed our nation's attention in the 1980s, when it seemed this generation would go down in history as a group of spoiled slackers. Then in the late 1990s, the generation written off...
The Opt-Out Revolution Revisited: Women Aren't Foresaking Careers for Domestic Life. the Ground Rules Just Make It Impossible to Have Both
"I was tired of juggling. I was tired of feeling guilty. I was tired of holding the household reins in one hand. So I quit." On the cover of The New York Times Magazine for October 26, 2003, a classy looking white woman with long, straight hair...
Values Begin at Home, but Who's Home? in the Struggle to Balance Work and Family, Work Is Winning
Family is the center of everyday American life. Our parents are our first protectors, first teachers, first role models, and first friends. Parents know that America's great reward is the quiet but incomparable satisfaction that comes from building...
What about Fathers? Marriage, Work, and Family in Men's Lives
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION AND its allies like to tell us that Americans have forgotten about marriage, and that Americans have stopped caring about fathers. As good as it is to bring attention to the needs of fathers, on both points they are simply wrong:...
What Do Women and Men Want? Many of the Same Things-But Our System Contributes to Gender Conflicts over Work, Parenting, and Marriage
YOUNG WORKERS TODAY GREW UP IN RAPIDLY changing times: They watched women march into the workplace and adults develop a wide range of alternatives to traditional marriage. Now making their own passage to adulthood, these "children of the gender revolution"...

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