The American Prospect’s mission is summed up in the phrase “liberal intelligence” that runs under the logo on the magazine’s cover. We aim to advance liberal and progressive goals through reporting, analysis, and debate about today’s realities and tomorrow’s possibilities.
Founded in 1990 by Robert Kuttner, Paul Starr, and Robert Reich, the Prospect publishes print and digital editions of the magazine four times a year. The online Prospect offers additional coverage and commentary on a daily basis. Kuttner and Starr, the magazine’s original co-editors, resumed their roles as of the fall 2014 issue.
From its inception, the Prospect has had a prescriptive focus that distinguishes it from many other publications. (Read the original 1989 prospectus for the magazine.) We look for articles that make sense of the world and illuminate what could be done to repair it. Much of what we publish concerns the relation between policy and politics: how to build public support for policies that serve the greater good. We pay particular attention to efforts to renew American democracy and civic life and to revitalize the social movements that can help achieve a more just society.
The Prospect also seeks to develop young writers, in part through the Writing Fellows program that we established in 1997. We take as much pride in the young journalists who started out at the magazine as we do in the many well-recognized figures whose work appears in our pages.
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And to learn more about our history, check out Paul Starr and Robert Kuttner's reflection on 25 years of The American Prospect.