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. 23, No. 7, September-October

Angela Merkel's: Bad Medicine: The German Chancellor's Remedy of Austerity Is Killing Europe, and the Failure to Contain Financial Speculation Is Spreading the Epidemic
On July 26, as traders were once again deserting Spain's government bonds, setting up the risk of a default and a deeper crisis of the euro, Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank surprised and delighted financial markets. Speaking off...
As Common as Dirt: In the Fields of California, Wage Theft Is How Agribusiness Is Done
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] One morning earlier this year, in the borderland town of Brawley, California, 75-year-old Ignacio Villalobos perched on a chair in his trailer, removed a plastic bag from the well of a rubber boot, and finished dressing for...
Defenders of the Vote: Can a Small Army of Volunteers Prevent Hundreds of Thousands in Pennsylvania from Losing Their Right to Vote?
You know you're in a fledgling campaign office the moment you step off the street and into one of the plainest buildings in Germantown, a mostly black Philadelphia neighborhood that contains several Colonial landmarks. Along garish, peach-colored walls...
From the Editor
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If the magazine you're holding feels different, that's because it is. Wider (by one inch) and thicker (by 24 pages or so) than the Prospect you've been receiving in recent years, it also boasts a new logo and what we hope...
Ghosts of Ballots Past: Cliff-Hangers. Decentralized Chaos. Fierce Fights over the Rules. Behind the Bitter History of America's Struggle to Vote
THE VOTING WARS: FROM FLORIDA 2000 TO THE NEXT ELECTION MELTDOWN BY RICHARD L. HASEN Yale University Press [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting."--TOM STOPPARD, JUMPERS Voting rights are in...
Holy Rollers: The Nuns on the Bus Are Just One Example of Progressive Dissidents Challenging the Hierarchy of the Catholic Church
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Sisters of Saint Joseph are waiting for a bus, glistening ever so slightly as they stand in the near-100-degree heat of a late June afternoon, huddled under a couple of pine trees that border an asphalt parking lot in...
If Labor Dies, What's Next?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I. THE UNION VANISHES Imagine America without unions. This shouldn't be hard. In much of America unions have already disappeared. In the rest of America they're battling for their lives. Unions have been declining for...
Laura Is a Punk Rocker: The Lead Singer of against Me! Changes Gender and Challenges the Male Punk Scene
On a sticky night in mid-June, the four members of Against Me! walked onstage at Amos' South-end, a narrow, two-story club just past the edge of downtown Charlotte, North Carolina. Three wore some variation on the plain black T-shirt. Laura Jane Grace,...
Obama and the Art of Not Getting Credit
Although understatement is an attractive quality in most lines of work, politics is different. Framing achievements so as to get timely bragging rights for them is part of the job, if you want to keep it. Since most politicians are only too eager to...
Piteous Men? They're Lagging as Women Skip Ahead, Hanna Rosin Argues. Minus the Hyperbole, She Has a Point
THE END OF MEN AND THE RISE OF WOMEN BY HANNA ROSIN Riverhead Books [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The demise of half of the human species would be bad, and that's one reason the idea of Hanna Rosin's book, The End of Men, sounds so dreadfully...
States of Play
Of all election outcomes, state legislative races are the likeliest to have a direct impact on the lives of voters. But you wouldn't know it from the national press. The morning after the 2010 elections, Americans woke up to headlines about a Republican...
The Border Effect: The Fence along the U.S.-Mexico Boundary Has Helped Reduce the Flow of Illegal Immigrants, but the Human and Environmental Toll Has Been Enormous
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For the aid workers who found 14-year-old Josseline Jamileth Hernandez Quinteros in the Arizona desert, it is hardest to forget the little things, the beaded bracelet around a tiny wrist, the bright green sneakers, the pink-lined...
The Cost of Living Apart: Without Neighborhood Integration, Mitt Romney's School-Choice Plan Won't Close the Achievement Gap. George Romney Knew Better
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Politicians and experts typically refer to schools as "failing" if they are filled with low-income children with low test scores. Faced with enormous challenges, such schools may be doing as well as they possibly can, though....
The Great Conservative "No!" William F. Buckley's Heirs Are Starving on a Red-Meat Diet
THE NEW LEVIATHAN: THE STATE VERSUS THE INDIVIDUAL IN THE 21ST CENTURY Encounter Books FUTURE TENSE: THE LESSONS OF CULTURE IN AN AGE OF UPHEAVAL Encounter Books [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the '80s and '90s,...
The Hidden Candidate Mitt Romney Wants to Be President, but He Doesn't Want Us to See Him
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When Gore Vidal died a few weeks ago, eulogies quoted his famous observation that "the more money an American accumulates the less interesting he himself becomes." Vidal originally wrote these words in a 1972 essay on Howard...
The Political Education of Elizabeth Warren: Supporters of the Massachusetts Democrat Thought She Had a Lock on Ted Kennedy's Old Senate Seat. but the Campaign Has Proved That's Far from True
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In early October 2011, Shannon Sherman, a pregnant nurse who was two weeks from her due date, met Elizabeth Warren, though she didn't know it at the time. All Sherman knew was that a friendly woman said hello to her in the...
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