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. 18, October 7

A Cautious Opposition: Will Democrats Block the Road or Pave the Way to Baghdad? (Gazette)
WILL GEORGE W. BUSH'S decision to seek congressional approval for invading Iraq slow down the war juggernaut? Up to now, Democrats have only been willing to declare, as Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) observed after President Bush's Sept. 4 address...
A Not-So-Novel Approach: Possession's Two-for-One Love Story Is for Another Crowd. (the Critics Film)
WHEN A WELL-MADE film whistles past me without, touching, when I've sat down and presented the astonished bull's-eye of my brain to the filmmaker only to hear the arrow go harmlessly by my left ear, I have to assume that it was aimed elsewhere--that...
Bad News: What the Right Doesn't Understand about Howell Raines. (Gazette)
IN GEORGE ORWELL'S NOVEL 1984, the authorities trace every act of sabotage, every heresy, every defeat, to a fellow named Emmanuel Goldstein. Little is known about the man except his face, his past and his alleged crimes, but his existence is extraordinarily...
Bite the Ballot: Progressives Are Developing a New Taste for Initiatives. (Gazette)
FOR YEARS CONSERVATIVES had a corner on ballot initiatives. Think of California's infamous Proposition 13, and the anti-tax blitzkrieg that swept after it through 43 states. Think of the anti-choice, anti-gay and anti-environment ballot measures...
Bush's Anti-Regulation Czar. (Networks)
SO HERE'S ANOTHER BORING abbreviation that's important to remember: OIRA. It stands for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Why is it important? Unpack what Bruce Josten, executive vice president for government affairs at the U.S....
Corruption Revisited and (Maybe) Reversed: Now's the Time to Get Rid of Accounting Firm Giveaways. (the Taxonomist)
MARK WEINBERGER DIDN'T SERVE LONG AS GEORGE W. Bush's assistant treasury secretary for tax policy, but until he retired last April, he was a man with a mission. Before and since--and apparently during--his brief stint at the U.S. Department of the...
Hot Stock Tip: Big Money in Armaments. (Devil in the Details)
The big money's not in Washington: Until this year, every Wall Street wizard and garden-variety economics professor told investors to sink their money into deregulated tech stocks. The investments with boundless futures were in those sectors where...
Mute Witnesses: A Dispatch from Johannesburg. (Gazette)
THE MORNING SUN GLINTS against corrugated iron roofs scattered with car engines, beer crates and wire shopping carts. We are in Alexandra, one of the oldest shantytowns in Johannesburg, South Africa. Nelson Mandela rented a one-room shack here in...
My Tax Paradise: How I (Almost) Felt the Tropical Breeze of an Offshore Haven. (Gazette)
I COUNTED ON A $200 TAX REFUND this year. But the Internal Revenue Service, perhaps sensing that I had vast hidden assets, adjusted my return, and I only got 129 bucks. As a magazine intern and a college student, I make a little less than the average...
No Choice but War? (Comment)
I SHOULD BE AMONG THE SUPPORTERS of an invasion of Iraq. A decade ago, after Iraq seized Kuwait, I agreed with the decision to go to war and wrote in The New Republic, at the start of the conflict, that allied forces should go all the way to Baghdad....
Northern Light: Navigating the Maine Senate Race with Chellie Pingree
"WE'RE SLIGHTLY OFF COURSE. BUT WE WANTED to let the trainee run the boat," jokes Chellie Pingree over the din of an outboard motor. It's a chilly, starlit September night off the coast of Rockland, Maine, and Pingree--a onetime farmer, divorced...
Our Tropical Terrorist Tourist Trap: As Fidel and His Critics Creak toward Irrelevance, the Push for Normalized U.S.-Cuban Relations Grows Stronger
THESE DAYS, IT CAN BE HARD TO TELL THAT THE United States still maintains its 40-year trade and travel embargo on Cuba. Jimmy Carter and Ralph Nader recently touched down on Fidel Castro's communist island in the Caribbean, just 90 miles from Florida's...
Persons Unknown
All Over but the Shoutin' By Rick Bragg. Vintage Books, 329 pages, $14.00 Ava's Man By Rick Bragg. Random House, 272 pages, $13.00 An Hour Before Daylight: Memories of a Rural Boyhood By Jimmy Carter. Touchstone Books, 288 pages, $15.00 ...
Revolting Elites. (Comment)
BY ALL ACCOUNTS, WE ARE entering a month of great national deliberation. In the main arena, the most serious foreign-policy debate since Vietnam is unfolding, with senior members of the president's own party among those articulating the most serious...
Rush to Judgment. (Devil in the Details)
THE CLOCK IS TICKING. Iraq is working on a nuclear weapon, or is trying to work on a nuclear weapon, or wants to work on a nuclear weapon. None of the president's men is arguing that Saddam Hussein's quest for nukes is anything new, of course. Nor...
The Best Medicine. (on the Contrary)
"WHEN WILL IT BE OK TO LAUGH AGAIN?" So the press and maybe the public wondered after last September 11. The moratorium on laughter, unofficially declared by David Letterman, was intended to signal respect for the dead and for the people who mourned...
The Bullies of Burma. (Networks)
CORPORATE SCANDAL. ENERGY COMPANY. Gas pipelines. Exploited workers. Thinking Enron? Think again. Way before Enron stumbled into the corporate hall of shame, an energy company called Unocal had already bedded down in it. For decades the oil giant...
The Populist Fantasy: Wrong History, Wrong Politics. (Populism A Dialogue)
LOOKING FORWARD TO 2004, liberals and progressives have become embroiled in an argument over whether Democrats ought to embrace or reject populism. Pro-business moderates--or, more precisely, anti-anti-business moderates-have lambasted Al Gore's...
The Populist Imperative. (Populism A Response)
SEAN WILENTZ CHALLENGES THE contention that Democrats need to become more populist. He does so by reminding us of the uglier side of 19th-century Populism--that's Populism with a capital "P." But no modern Democrats are proposing the racism or the...
This Little Student Went to Market: When Colleges Sell Themselves to Applicants-And Vice Versa-Fairness Falls by the Wayside
"NO MATTER WHAT IT IS CALLED, WHO DOES IT or where in the institution it is being done, universities are engaging in marketing activity." That message shocked academics when a marketing professor named Richard Krachenberg first delivered it in a...
Those Jaundiced Americans. (Devil in the Details)
IF THERE'S ONE ABIDING article of faith within the American punditocracy, it's that the Atlantic Ocean is growing steadily wider. In the face of Islamic terrorism and Iraqi threats, Europeans have opted for appeasement, in the best Neville Chamberlain...
War Resisters: The Numbers Are in and the "Nays" Are Growing. (below the Beltway)
REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES are beating the war drums just as support for invading Iraq is dissipating. Whereas a Gallup Poll last November revealed 74 percent in favor of a ground invasion of Iraq and 20 percent opposed, this August the percentage of...
Where's the Movement? Corporate Reformers Need to Target the Radically Possible. (ComonWealth)
IN EARLY JUNE, THE CONSERVATIVE WASHINGTON POST columnist Sebastian Mallaby wrote: "Enron has created a natural moment for a smart assault on capitalist excess. The wonder is that political leaders and social activists alike do not seem to have...

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