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. 17, July 31

Boycotts Will Be Boycotts
Flip the political calendar back to 1997: Led by the Southern Baptist Convention, social conservatives targeted the Walt Disney Corporation with a nationwide boycott in response to, among other sins, condoning "Gay Day" at Walt Disney World, having...
Breakdown Lane
GORE'S FAILED PARTNERSHIP WITH DETROIT The American automobile will soon change dramatically. The Ford Taurus of the future will be the same size as today's Taurus, deliver the same performance, and cost about as much, but it will have a new engine...
Concern for the Masses?
ARCHBISHOP EGAN'S CONTROVERSIAL TIES TO THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT In 1956 a young seminary student named Charles Curran bet a conservative classmate that Adlai Stevenson would beat Dwight Eisenhower in the fall presidential election. When Stevenson went...
Correspondence
NEGLECT FOR SALE TO THE EDITORS: We at ResCare are extremely disappointed by the approach The American Prospect took in its article, "Neglect for Sale" [Eyal Press and Jennifer Washburn, May 8, 2000]. Not because ResCare is its target, but because...
Energy Insurance
The vast majority of scientists who study climate issues now agree that carbon emissions are a potentially disastrous problem. However, economic fears have obstructed even the mildest remedies. Particularly in the United States, voters resist taxes...
Gore's Mating Ritual
THE ASTONISHING SHORTAGE OF PLAUSIBLE DEMOCRATIC RUNNING MATES To those of you who've feeling socially inadequate because your mind goes blank whenever the subject of Who Should Be Al Gore's Running Mate comes up at barbecues or on white-water rafting...
Hatching Tax Cuts for the Rich
Why is it that when Republicans in Congress try to address a real problem--whether it be an inadequate minimum wage, the tax code's marriage penalty, or whatever else happens to catch their attention--they so often end up calling for big tax cuts for...
History's Heisenberg Principle
In September 1941, Werner Heisenberg, at the time Germany's pre-eminent scientist and the head of its atom bomb program, traveled to Nazi-occupied Copenhagen to visit his old friend and mentor, Niels Bohr. Both were Nobel laureates; both were among...
It's Alive!
THE GOP'S PLAN TO END THE ESTATE TAX KEEPS RISING FROM THE DEAD. On June 10, amid much hoopla, the House of Representatives voted by a margin of 279-136 to repeal the federal estate tax--along with the federal gift tax and the so-called generation-skipping...
Son of God, CEO
In 1925 the publishing world was rocked by an up-and-coming advertising executive named Bruce Barton, who'd written a book called The Man Nobody Knows. The man in question was Jesus Christ, the most popular dinner guest in Jerusalem," who had "picked...
Speech Isn't Cheap
Despite the materialism that defines American culture and our reverence for financial success, a suspicion that money really is the root of all evil retains its appeal, especially among progressives. The association of wealth with corruption is particularly...
Taking It with You
As Sheldon Pollack writes in this issue ["It's Alive"], Republicans in Congress are close to killing the estate tax. Some remnant will survive, but it could be significantly cut, and with the collusion of many Democrats. Why get rid of a tax paid only...
The Colombia Quagmire
THE DRUG WAR GOES SOUTH Realizing that darkness was quickly approaching, the naval sergeant frantically pulled out his yellow lighter and tried to get a flame going. But it did not light, so he turned to his fellow soldier for help. "Do you have...
The Curse of the Vice Presidency
DOES BEING NUMBER TWO MAKE IT HARDER TO BECOME NUMBER ONE? Until the election of George Bush the elder in 1988, no incumbent vice president had been elected president since Martin Van Buren in 1836. (Bush opened his first post-election news conference...
The New Politics of Abortion
In 1980 the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) and other pro-life lobbies put out a "hit list" of 18 pro-choice incumbents they aimed to topple in that fall's election, but this year NRLC Political Director Carol Tobias says the organization is...
There's Something about Shaft
Just as you're getting ready to crack the latest beach Paperback, The New York Times comes along with another idea about what makes for good summer reading. How Race Is Lived in America is what the newspaper called the month-long series that ran in...
The Souls of White Folk
When the U.S. Census Bureau asked residents to count off for the new millennium, sharp-eyed individuals noticed a slight oddity in the form's race question: While Asians or Pacific Islanders could pick from among nine boxes (Asian Indian, Chinese,...
Why Business Should Love Gore
If they were true profit-maximizers--textbook illustrations of rational self-interest--American corporations and their top executives would,be flooding Al Gore's campaign with money, and, not George W.'s. Rather than gamble on an unknown W., they d...
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