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. 19, No. 9, September

A Liberal Shock Doctrine: History Teaches Us That Presidents Have to Move Quickly to Enact Progressive Reforms before the Window of Opportunity Closes Forever. It's a Lesson Barack Obama Should Take to Heart
Progressive political change in American history is rarely incremental. With important exceptions, most of the reforms that have advanced our nation's status as a modern, liberalizing social democracy were pushed through during narrow windows of progressive...
Big-Picture Power
A FEW YEARS AGO, WHEN I WAS INVOLVED IN A project to build broad coalitions of progressive organizations at the state level, there was a fad among these groups to do a "power analysis" of the political conditions in their states and create a plan to...
Crash: Financial and Ideological
THE NEW PRESIDENT WILL FACE A THREE-PART ECONOMIC crisis of a magnitude not seen since the Great Depression. Remedy, in turn, will require drastic revision of the ideological assumptions that have dominated American political discourse, in both major...
From the Executive Editor
THE ELECTION IS STILL MONTHS AWAY, THE INAUGURATION of the next president another 84 days beyond that, but it's hard not to begin thinking about life after January 20, 2009. The first two years of a new political alignment (which we'll have even if...
How the Dems Lost on Education: Republicans Have Exploited the Democratic Party's Failure to Own the Education-Reform Issue-And Students Have Paid the Price
For Connecticut's attorney general, Richard Blumenthal, filing a lawsuit against the No Child Left Behind Act must have seemed like an obvious winner. More and more attorney generals around the country were using splashy litigation to boost their profiles....
How the West Will Be Won: By Espousing a Brand of Liberalism That's Heavy on Personal Freedom and Light on Divisive Social Issues, Democrats Are Finally Being Heard in the Mountain West
It's morning on the Fourth of July in conservative Greeley, Colorado, and along 10th Avenue, the town's residents are staking out choice spots from which to watch the parade. A man in a "Got Freedom?" T-shirt claims a piece of sidewalk. A family with...
It's His Party: Barack Obama Might Be Running on a Post-Partisan Platform, but He Is More Focused on Building the Democratic Party Than Any Other Candidate in Recent History
An unassuming building at 430 South Capitol Street, in a forlorn corner between the Capitol and a highway overpass, is the home address of the Democratic Party. But though mail still gets delivered to the Washington, D.C., address, many of the Democratic...
Obama vs. the Fiscal Fear-Mongers: The Far Right Has Been Manipulating the Sensible Center to Conjure Up an Extreme "Entitlement Crisis." the Next President Needs to Resist Being Swayed
If Barack Obama is elected president, he will inherit not just the most serious financial and economic crisis since the Great Depression. He will face an obstructionist orthodoxy about government spending that will make recovery even more difficult...
Preemptive Presidential Pardons
MONICA GOODLING Offense: Politicized hiring and firing at Department of Justice Presidential statement: I know that some folks are mad still about the hard work Monica did. I also know that Monica asked job-seekers what things about George W....
The Generation Trap
MOST YOUNG PROGRESSIVES HAVE HEARD IT AT one point or another: the complaint that our generation is less active and engaged than the baby boomers were. As Phyllis Chesler (author of The Death of Feminism) told USA Today in 2006, "I think that to be...
The Invisible Woman: After a Summer of Blockbuster Comic-Book Flicks and Record Ticket Sales to Women, Why Have We Yet to See a Superheroine Movie?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHEN I WAS A KID, VISITING my cousin meant I got to do two things: sleep on the top bunk and page through his epic comic-card collection. I may have learned about dating from Archie Comics' Betty and Veronica, but the superheroines...
The Real Economic Choice
UNDERNEATH THE RHETORIC AND 10-POINT ECONOMIC plans advanced by John McCain and Barack Obamalie two fundamentally different philosophies. It's not, as John McCain puts it, a choice between a tax-raiser and a tax-cutter. Nor is it simply a matter of...
Where Do We Move When America MovesOn? Victory Could Pose an Existential Challenge for the Grass-Roots Groups That Arose in Opposition to Bush. A MoveOn.org Veteran Examines the Challenge and Its Opportunities
If Barack Obama wins the presidency in November, the United States will officially enter a new political era. We'll finally have a president who, like most Americans, opposes the "dumb" decision to invade Iraq, unapologetically insists on universal...

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