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. 8, May 6

A Tipping Point? (Comment)
MALCOLM GLADWELL has observed, in The Tipping Point, that trends sometimes build gradually but explode suddenly. As an editor of a liberal magazine, I wonder whether we are nearly at that point with the ascendance of conservatism. For more than...
Compassionate Conservatism Saves the Day. (Devil in the Details)
At first glance, the administration's new ergonomic "standards" look appalling, and at second glance, worse. They are, of course, not standards at all, but merely targets that companies are free to meet--or ignore. One early sign of the president's...
Copywrongs. (on the Contrary)
IF I DROP DEAD TOMORROW, ALL THE WORK I'VE produced since 1978 will enjoy copyright protection for the next 70 years, until 2072, some 120 years after my birth. If I live another 30 years or so all the work I've produced since 1978 will be protected...
Deal Breakers. (Correspondence)
MICHAEL MASSING IS grossly misinformed about the American-Jewish community and peace in the Middle East ["Deal Breakers," March 11]. The role of Palestinian terrorism against Israeli civilians merits no mention in Massing's list of factors affecting...
Goliath Getting Bigger. (Networks)
IN THE EARLY 1980S, MEDIA critic Ben Bagdikian concluded that there were about 50 owners of the nation's major media outlets. By 2000 that figure had declined to six. A new study by Mark Cooper of the Consumer Federation of America reveals that...
Heal, Don't Harm. (Where We Stand: A Commentary on Public Education and Other Critical Issues)
A few weeks ago, a healthy young man who was donating a part of his liver to save his brother's life, died in one of the country's most prestigious teaching hospitals--a world-class organ transplant facility. How could this happen? Too few health...
Just a Story: For Someone Who Knew Her, Iris Misses the Mark. (Biographical Literaria)
SOMETIME IN THE EARLY 1980s, when I was still a graduate student in English at UC Berkeley, I received an invitation from a member of my dissertation committee. He and his wife were having a dinner party for a visiting writer, a much-lionized British...
Label Whores: Bernard Goldberg's Bias Points in the Wrong Direction. (Media)
LISTENING TO PEOPLE COMplain about bias in the media, you're reminded that there is more than one paranoid style in American politics. While the left has busied itself unpacking interlocking directorates and corporate ownership, the right has made...
Not the People's Choice. (Correspondence)
ARTHUR SCHLESINGER, JR., provided an excellent history of problems created by our electoral college process ["Not the People's Choice," March 25]. I was disappointed, however, that he did not mention any alternatives other than his "bonus plan."...
Of Mice and Monkeys: The Brilliant, Depthless Nonsense of Human Nature. (Film)
DON'T GO SEE HUMAN NAture in the art house. Stay away, if you can, from the like minds and the cineastes and the smell of Central American coffee. The place to see a film as fluidly daft, as limpidly out-there as this is at the mall, where you can...
Oil Drill: Is ANWR a Red Herring? (Gazette)
DRILLING IN ALASKA LOOKS like a nonstarter in the Senate. Democrat John Kerry of Massachusetts has promised to filibuster the issue when the energy bill is reopened for debate, and the GOP probably won't muster enough votes to win. But not all the...
Peace by Other Means. (Comment)
IF ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIANS cannot make peace with each other, what should the United States and the rest of the world do? Merely offering to mediate may not be enough. The descent into savage violence in recent weeks is not just another episode...
Reform Meets Its Judge. (Devil in the Details)
SUPPORTERS OF CAMPAIGN finance reform may want to hold off before popping those corks. Soon after President Bush grudgingly signed the legislation, die-hard Republican foe Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky rushed to court to file a case disputing...
Sins of Petition: The Left Gets Tricked into Opposing Cloned Embryo Research. (Gazette)
IN LATE JANUARY, THE NEW YORK Times ran an influential story with the headline "Some for Abortion Rights Lean Right in Cloning Fight." Certain members of the "political left," Times reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg revealed, had united with religious...
The Mighty Wurlitzer: David Brock's Lessons for Liberals. (Gazette)
DAVID BROCK SAYS HE'S sorry. His extended mea culpa--Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex Conservative--recounts the tale of a recovering right-winger. He describes his journey from unformed gay, vaguely libertarian Berkeley undergraduate;...
The Real Foreign-Policy Debate; It's Not Just Democrats vs. Republicans. It's Locke vs. Hobbes. (below the Beltway)
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION is on the verge of making momentous decisions in foreign policy that will shape the country's role in the world for the next quarter-century. Nonetheless, there is an astonishing lack of public discussion of these decisions,...
The Unrelenting Corporate Welfare Lobby. (the Taxonomist)
IT'S NOT OFTEN THAT I AGREE WITH REP. BILL THOMAS, THE Republican Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. But we're in complete agreement that--contrary to what you may have read in the papers--the so-called stimulus bill Congress enacted...
War on the SAT: With Affirmative Action Rolled Back, University of California President Richard Atkinson Wants to Ditch the Controversial Standardized Test as the Be-All, End-All of College Admissions
WHEREVER HE WENT IN THE PAST YEAR, University of California President Richard Atkinson was handing out verbal analogies questions: DRAPERY is to FABRIC as (pick one) fireplace is to wood; curtain to stage; shutter to light; sieve to liquid; window...
While the Mideast Burns; a Dispatch from Jerusalem. (Gazette)
"I HAVE TO DROP SOME PAPERS OFF at Zion Square," my wife told a fellow staffer at her office, a news bureau near downtown Jerusalem. "I'll be back in five." Her colleague pointed to one of the flak jackets that correspondents wear for covering ...
Who Is Roger Hertog? He's Starting Up a Long-Shot New York Daily and Funding the New Republic. but Hertog Doesn't See Himself as the Vanguard of a New Conservative Movement-Yet
SOMETIME THIS MONTH--ASSUMING ALL THE GEARS are turning according to schedule, on April 16--New Yorkers will have walked to their local newsstands and been greeted by a sight the city hasn't seen in more than 50 years: a new daily newspaper. If...
With Victories like These ... (Correspondence)
ELLEN S. MILLER'S "WITH Victories like These ..." [March 25] is a one-sided critique of the recently passed Shays-Meehan and McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bills. Passage was a net win for two reasons: First, unlimited contributions...
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