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. 20, September 11

Bush Is a Little Too RANDy
Although Laura Bush's speech at the GOP convention dealt more with daughters and dolls than politics, Mrs. Bush did make a foray into policy to trumpet her husband's record on education. "The highly respected nonpartisan RAND study released just last...
Capitalism, Work, and Character
Does work under today's capitalism corrode character? The very question seems odd because the character issue has largely been ceded to conservatives--and conservatives have studiously ignored the damaging effects of capitalism. But allowing them this...
Correspondence
CHILD'S PLAY TO THE EDITORS: I commend Jonathan Cohn for highlighting the nation s lack of quality child care facilities ["Child's Play," June 19, 2000]. As program director for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation's (LISC) national child...
Democratic Voters and Democratic Investors
"Despite the newly fashionable populist rhetoric of this campaign season--Al Gore hectoring oil companies, HMOs, clothing manufacturers that run sweatshops abroad, and cigarette and gun manufacturers; Joe Lieberman berating media corporations for their...
Did Working Women Kill the PTA?
My mom was known in the family as"POC"--short for "Pillar of Community" Her esimable talents were in constant demand for every community effort, from leading the townwide campaign to register every eligible voter to serving on the school board. Like...
Don't Look Back
After several millennia's worth of Orpheus-and-Eurydice stories, it stands to reason that Brazilian director Carlos Diegues's contemporary filmic retelling of the myth, called simply Orfeu, feels like a trip inside a formidable echo chamber. Most...
Escape from America's Prison Policy
Crime is a corrosive force in American society, creating and exacerbating social mistrust, political division, and racial animus. Doing something serious about it ought to count as a major objective, especially for those concerned with the plight of...
Globalizing Democracy
The nongovernmental organizations that make up international civil society have scored some impressive gains lately. But are they any match for global corporations? Can globalism be governed? Or, as a first step, can we start by building a global...
In Praise of Debt Reduction
Today's lesson: Why paying down the debt is good for Social Security (and the rest of the government, too). George W. Bush feels those projected federal budget surpluses burning a hole in his pocket. And he wants to do away with them as quickly...
Judge-Made Rights
On October 2, 2000, the European Convention on Human Rights will be incorporated into English law through the Human Rights Act. Britain ratified the international convention some 50 years ago, but did not codify it domestically and give English courts...
Labor Man
New Democrats would not be wrong to view this year's Democratic national convention as their own victory rally. Though the party platform offered brave words to comfort liberals, the details were safely moderate. Running mate Joe Lieberman, president...
Left In
Forget the protestors outside the Democratic convention. The ones that mattered were inside. All right, y'all," yelled a voluble young coordinator from the podium, "we gonna be disciplined and organized, so we can send our message!" Alas, it...
Pay-to-Play Conventions
The Republicans had their time. Then AT&T, Lockheed Martin, and Microsoft packed up the trade show we still call a "political convention" and moved it over to Los Angeles. This year's conventions will cost an estimated $85 million--$25 million...
Saint Joseph
By custom, vice presidential candidates get the nod because they appeal to some highly sought-after constituency. Perhaps it's a state rich in electoral votes. A prized ethnic group. Or maybe just the right or left wing of the party. Look diligently...
The Other Nypd Murder
Two months after the fact, New York City Mayor Giuliani, purportedly mellowed by prostate cancer, issued an apology of sorts to the family of Patrick Dorismond, the unarmed Haitian-American man killed by New York police in March. The mayor did not...
The Price Isn't Right
The drug industry's astronomical profits are rooted in government-funded research. Government policy needs to bring drug prices and research priorities down to earth. Americans pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. Drug expenditures...
The Web of Celebrity
In August, Cindy Margolis kicked off The Cindy Margolis Show, a variety show taped in Miami,s South Beach for Eyemark Entertainment, CBS's syndication wing. Margolis is a thirty-something former Cal State Northridge business student-turned-model who...
Union Cities
CAN STODGY OLD CENTRAL LABOR COUNCILS BE TRANSFORMED INTO SPEARHEADS OF PROGRESSIVE LOCAL POLITICS? IT'S ALREADY HAPPENING. A little over a year ago, 100 workers tried to form a union at Transit Express, a low-wage Milwaukee company that the county...
Unionization as a Civil Right
Here is a Labor Day idea. Why not make the right to join a union a basic civil right? In theory the Wagner Act gives workers the right to freely vote in a union, but in practice the price to employers for violating the law is small. Employers who retaliate...
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