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. 11, No. 18, August 14

A Citizen's Guide to the Conventions
There are really three conventions each for Democrats and for Republicans. The first is the prime-time convention watched on home TVs. Unfortunately for George, W. and for Al Gore, it's been shrinking for years. This time it s likely to attract fewer...
After the Fall
Alan Greenspan is known for his guarded pronouncements, carefully crafted in order to soothe financial markets. But in his semiannual testimony before the House Banking Committee this February, Greenspan did not mince words. He pointedly explained...
Bargaining Chip
In his continuing effort to cater to swing voters, George W. Bush is venturing ever further onto Democratic turf. For example, his campaign touts the governor's support for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), intended to help working families...
Candidate of the Century
As the Republicans prepared for their national convention, the party s official Web site welcomed party members to Philadelphia and pointed out helpfully that the city has two airports. In a telling aside, the GOP planners also noted that one of the...
Correspondence
WHY LIBERALS NEED RADICALS TO THE EDITORS: As a radical immigrant who could have as easily settled in any of a half-dozen other countries where his father held citizenship, I take singular exception to an assertion Robert Kuttner makes in his...
Dictators in the Dock
When General Augusto Pinochet stepped off a Chilean Air Force jet last March and into the welcoming embrace of the Chilean military, it seemed the ex-dictator's saga had finally come to an end. Wearing a pastel tie and pressed suit, Pinochet looked...
I Spy
American culture thrives on contradictions. It exalts individualism yet is rife with the conformity so essential to consumerism. It preaches self-reliance and personal accountability (especially for poor people) while enriching pop psychologists who...
Labor's Loss
As this year's presidential and congressional elections turn inexorably into high-priced auctions, much attention has been paid to the fact that Democrats have in some respects achieved parity with Republicans in the money chase. According to the Federal...
Party Crashers
As with most political battles, the set-to over Social Security reform has produced competing dramatic narratives. For the Democratic faithful, there's Al Gore fighting the good fight against the right's effort to privatize Social Security, the crown...
Permatemps
YOUNG TEMP WORKERS AS PERMANENT SECOND CLASS EMPLOYEES. The temporary work industry has been around for a long time, but it exploded in the 1990s. The number of temp agency jobs has doubled in the past six years, to 3.5 million. Ever more young...
Reality Lite
So, like, okay. It's the first day of boarding school, and you're the new kid. Not only that, but you're not like these other boys. You're on scholarship. Your name is Will Krudski, and you feel guilty because you bought the school's entrance exam...
Rights of the Despised
DEFENDING WAR CRIMES SUSPECTS IS BOUND TO BE UNPOPULAR. BUT WITHOUT DUE PROCESS, INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNALS WON'T SERVE JUSTICE. On the face of it, Luka Misetic seemed an unlikely choice to defend a war crimes suspect. In late 1997, the Notre Dame...
Signal Degradation
In late June, the House passed the Noncommercial Broadcasting Freedom of Expression Act. The act--the product of a three-year battle involving the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), public-broadcasting advocates, and the religious Right--removes...
Speed Bumps
Will the economic expansion just keep rolling on? Probably not. The economy has certainly demonstrated that it can sustain higher rates of growth than most economists thought possible. This higher speed limit is one part technology, one part greater...
Taking the Bull by the Horns
AT MERRILL LYNCH, MORE THAN 900 WOMEN BROKERS ARE FIGHTING DISCRIMINATION WITH A LAWSUIT AND A FLEDGLING FORAY INTO ACTIVISM In a dreamy, amber-filtered television commercial, Coline Jenkins-Sahlin, the great-great-grand-daughter of the famous American...
The Next Recession
A decade of prosperity has convinced a fair portion of the punditry that the new hi-tech service economy has lifted us into an economic orbit beyond boom and bust, where recessions are history. Unfortunately, there is little evidence that the laws...
The Rehabilitations of Shostakovich
On the chill, wet afternoon of August 14, 1975, the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich was buried as a bad military band thumped its way through the Soviet national anthem. He had died a hero. According to his obituary in Pravda, Shostakovich was...
The Taxonomist
A TRILLION HERE, A TRILLION THERE ... As you've probably heard, government estimators now predict some $1.9 trillion in non-Social Security budget surpluses over the next decade if current tax and spending policies are maintained. That's more than...
Thought for Food
Several of my favorite and most tattered books are cookbooks, and when I visit a foreign country, one of my first purchases is usually a volume of recipes, which (if the book is good) provides a sort of sensory shortcut into the heart of the place...
Unsustainable
With the U.S. economy enjoying a record 112th month of expansion, the "galloping globalists" can be forgiven a bit of triumphalism. But behind the glowing economic numbers--low inflation, high employment, expanding GDP--lurks a darker number: the trade...
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