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. 13, No. 11, June 17

Amenesty's New Portfolio. (Networks)
IN THE CURRENT AGE OF GLOBALIZATION, the social contract between business and society is being renegotiated." That, at least, is how Morton Winston describes the philosophy driving Amnesty International's (AI) entrance into the maturing field of...
Confederate Flap: Rebels with an Old Cause Reclaim Their Town's Not-So-Glorious Heritage with the Assistance of a Black Mayor
DURING THE 1920s, T.C. WILLIAMS'S FATHER purchased some lots surrounding the family's modest home in Suffolk, Virginia. The youngest of eight children, Williams, now 82, is a true Suffolkian--a term longtime residents of this city, sandwiched between...
Dogtown Chronicles: A Superb Documentary Shows How 1970s Skateboarders Transformed Ah American Subculture. (the Critics Film)
THE VICIOUS DROUGHT THAT struck California in the mid-1970s killed lawns, turned golf courses to dust, and created the modern skateboarder. A team of street riders from "Dogtown"--south Santa Monica--began hitting Los Angeles's dried-out swimming...
Don't Look It's a War! (Devil in the Details)
AS DICK CHENEY SEES IT, the very idea that the public has a right to know what went wrong with our security agencies in the months before September 11 falls somewhere between treason and heresy. On the Sunday morning news shows, the Dick of Darkness...
George W., Poll Junkie. (Devil in the Details)
BACK WHEN PRESIDENT Bush was still candidate Bush, harping on the need to restore honor and integrity to the Oval Office, one of his most reliable applause lines was his pledge to govern "not by polls and focus groups, but by principle"--an obvious...
Good News. (Comment)
"TELL ME SOME GOOD NEWS," said my old friend Mike Miller, an indefatigable progressive and source of wise counsel. We were having a late afternoon coffee, talking politics and commiserating about the general state of political disengagement. It...
I Snoop. (on the Contrary)
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SPY and a snoop? It's not merely semantic. Snoops are objects of derision--nosy neighbors, Peeping Toms, or perverts. Spies are heroes, or antiheroes at least, as the resilience of James Bond fantasies attest. So...
Kool Houses, Kold Cities: As an Architect, Rem Koolhaas Is Inspired. as an Urban Planner, He's Irresponsible. (Architecture)
EVEN IF YOU DON'T LIKE TO shop, go to the intersection of Broadway and Prince streets in SoHo to witness, and become part of, the spectacle of Prada's recently opened flagship store. The design by Rem Koolhaas is architecture at its most electrifying...
Savage Business: What Has Become of Enron's Former Directors? (Gazette)
FRANK SAVAGE'S RECORD IS appalling, even by the standards of Enron board members. He is a director of the investment firm Alliance Capital Management (he also chaired one of its divisions), which until recently was Enron's largest institutional...
Seeding Victories. (Networks)
IN SEARCH OF LEAN AND competitive organizations, we recently stumbled across this medium-sized, nine-year-old dynamo: the Appleseed Foundation. From its Washington, D.C., headquarters, the foundation spends about $1 million annually, working with...
Senatorial Heresy: The Democrats Rethink Free Trade. (Gazette)
FEW THINGS IN CONTEMPORARY American politics have been more certain than the Senate's support for free trade. While the critics and criticisms of global laissez-faire have been growing in number and the House's support for free trade has become...
Spontaneous Fission: A Dispatch from Jerusalem. (Gazette)
I NOTICED IT THE FIRST TIME ONE day when I took a cab downtown. I avoid buses; they blow up on occasion. Next to the Old City walls, the taxi turned left off King Solomon Street. And there, at the start of Jaffa Road (West Jerusalem's main street),...
Summer Learning. (Where We Stand: A Commentary on Public Education and Other Critical Issues)
As spring turns to summer, flowers bloom, children move from schools to pools, and state governments begin to make their difficult decisions about what they will be able to allocate in the coming year for public services like education. Unfortunately,...
Swinging Seniors: Why Voters Will Decide 2002. (below the Beltway)
ON ITS FACE, THE UNITED Seniors Association (USA) decision two weeks ago to launch a major advertising blitz in support of the House Republicans' prescription-drug proposal was not unusual. The pharmaceutical industry, which funds the USA, has a...
Tax the Wealthy: Why America Needs the Estate Tax. (Common Wealth)
FOR MORE THAN A DECADE, A POWERFUL GROUP OF special-interest organizations has waged a multimillion-dollar campaign to turn public opinion against a tax that falls on the wealthiest 2 percent of the population. It worked. The "death tax," many Americans...
The Bush Plan: Tax Complification; the President's Cuts Push Us toward a Flat Rate and More Paperwork. (the Taxonomist)
DOES GEORGE BUSH HAVE A SECRET PLAN TO IMPOSE A flat tax? I can't read his mind but one thing is clear: Unless the president's tax program adopted last year is amended, by the end of this decade most of the personal income tax revenue will come...
The New Politics of Diversity. (Comment)
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IN higher education is almost certainly on its way back to the Supreme Court in the wake of contradictory appellate decisions about racial preferences in admissions. Ten years ago it seemed that the Court might strike down affirmative...
Who Gets to Retire? A Republican Pension Plan Could Mean Seniors Will Spend Their Golden Years Working under the Golden Arches
ON THE DAY TELEVISION BEAMED AROUND THE world images of tearful Enron employees stunned at the looting of their 401(k)s by the company's top brass, pension reform became a top congressional priority. As the scandal rippled across corporate America,...
Why Warnings Fell on Deaf Ears; for the Bush Administration, the Cold War Never Ended-So Al-Qaeda Had to Get in Line Behind More Serious Enemies. (Gazette)
WHAT DID THE PRESIDENT know and when did he know it? Following revelations that the White House had reason to suspect an imminent al-Qaeda attack last year, The New York Times has noted that the perennial post-Watergate question seems entirely appropriate....