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. 24, No. 6, November-December

Accidents Will Happen: With His Book on Nuclear Weapons, Eric Schlosser Proves Himself a Leading Bard of Technological Folly
COMMAND AND CONTROL: NUCLEAR WEAPONS, THE DAMASCUS ACCIDENT, AND THE ILLUSION OF SAFETY BY ERIC SCHLOSSER The Penguin Press [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It took decades after the invention of nuclear weapons for today's taboos against them to...
Bretton Woods Revisited
THE BATTLE OF BRETTON WOODS: JOHN MAYNARD KEYNES, HARRY DEXTER WHITE, AND THE MAKING OF A NEW WORLD ORDER BY BENN STEIL Princeton University Press [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] John Maynard Keynes's monetary strategy was awkward and utopian. Don't...
Edible Jazz
SOUL FOOD: THE SURPRISING STORY OF AN AMERICAN CUISINE, ONE PLATE AT A TIME BY ADRIAN MILLER The University of North Carolina Press [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Soul food preserved African culture through dire times. Does a new history with recipes...
Fifty Shades of Purple
The second week in October, while Tea Partiers in Congress were tanking the GOP'S approval numbers with a government shutdown, the Republican National Committee traveled to Los Angeles to make an announcement: The party was investing $10 million to...
Fruits of Republican Folly
The Republicans badly damaged themselves with their contrived government shutdown and debt crisis, but it remains for the Democrats to drive home their advantage. Will they? Based on the cost to the Republican brand and the pressure from corporate...
In the Weeds: Can Colorado and Washington Make Legal Marijuana Work?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] At midnight on December 6, 2012, when marijuana became legal in the state of Washington, a gaggle of celebrants gathered underneath Seattle's Space Needle. Cheering and laughing, with no police in sight, they lit up and inhaled....
Jezebel Grew Up: The Website Used Upstart Humor to Teach Feminism to a Generation. Now It's a Media "Influencer."
THE BOOK OF JEZEBEL: AN ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LADY THINGS EDITED BY ANNA HOLMES Grand Central Publishing [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The website Jezebel was born in 2007 out of the idea that the urban (or at least...
Korean Lit Comes to America: The Country Frets That It Trails China and Japan, Which Have Won Literary Nobels
If, as an American, you visit a globalized megacity like Seoul, you'll find plenty that feels familiar. Take chain bookstores: There's bad lighting, as many smartphone accessories for sale as books, and sneaky customer habits. "I check out the covers,"...
Our Secrets, Ourselves: Dave Eggers, Famously Hopeful Writer, Is Worried about Our Future
THE CIRCLE BY DAVE EGGERS Knopf [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In his 2007 novel Spook Country, William Gibson has one of his characters, a mysterious entrepreneur named Hubertus Bigend, explain to the book's protagonist, investigative journalist...
Poor, with Savings: New York Is Helping Low-Income Families Pay Down Debts and Cover Expenses. but Don't Expect This Program to Go National
Being poor is expensive. A winter heating bill that comes due before the paycheck arrives can compel a trip to a payday lender who charges 350 percent interest. It takes the entire paycheck to pay off that loan in a week--emptying out the bank account...
Soldier without a War
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Dan Choi was the poster boy for the movement to repeal "don't ask, don't tell." Now what? Midway between the White House and the Capitol on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., the Newseum Residences is one of those...
The Homeschool Apostates
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] They were raised to carry the fundamentalist banner forward and redeem America. But now the Joshua Generation is rebelling At 10 P.M. on a Sunday night in May, Lauren and John *, a young couple in the Washington, D.C.,...
The Shale Rebellion: In Pennsylvania, a Band of Unlikely Activists Fights the Fracking Boom
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Six months before she helped organize the protest known as Hands Across Riverdale, the word "fracking" didn't mean much to Deb Eck. "Not a damn thing," says the 52-year-old dollar-store manager. A single mother of twins, she...
Welcome to the 36th
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If you want to see where the problems of unaffordable housing and low wages and poor education play out everyday, go to civil court. The first time I went to Detroit's 36th District Court, I didn't know the drill. Most...
What Divides Democrats
It's no longer social issues or foreign policy. It's economics Cory Booker's Wall Street liberalism versus Bill de Blasio's anti-corporate populism. And these divisions will shape the party's 2016 presidential contest. New York-area voters had the...
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