Dana Goldstein

Dana Goldstein, a former associate editor and writer at the Prospect and The Daily Beast, is a Spencer Fellow in education reporting at Columbia University. Her work on politics, women’s issues, and education has appeared in BusinessWeek, Slate, The New Republic, and The Nation.

Recent Articles


SPRAWL BEGETS FORECLOSURE. Apropos of recent debates about suburban sprawl -- do we encourage it through bad incentives or are the suburbs just gosh darn nice places to live -- The New York Times reports on rising home foreclosures in Atlanta (albeit, without mentioning the area's runaway growth , acknowledged by just about everyone concerned about contemporary cities, even Georgia's Republican former governor, Roy Barnes ). There's been a 212 percent increase in forclosures in Atlanta's Fulton County, and 13 counties in the metro region have been in violation of the Clean Air Act. It's a landscape bad for pocketbooks, bad for the environment, and great for the auto and oil industries. --Dana Goldstein


PRISON ABOLITIONISTS AND PARIS HILTON. Why, asks Jeremy Bearer-Friend at WireTap , didn't progressives do more with the Paris -goes-to jail story? The travesty wasn't only that a celebrity white woman was treated differently by the California police and courts than poor people of color. Rather, no one's substance abuse problem should be answered with incarceration. It's a strategy that just doesn't work . And the anti-Paris frenzy was another example of our society's knee-jerk zeal for putting more and more people in jail. -- Dana Goldstein


FORTUNE -ATE HRC? As a confirmed skeptic of the idea that Hillary Clinton 's ties to Mark Penn indicate she'd be a bad president for organized labor, I felt it was my duty to pick up the July 9th issue of Fortune (article not online), which screams from the cover, "Business Loves Hillary! Who Knew?" Since the magazine is Fortune , it's unsurprising that there's no mention of unions at all in the piece, though there's plenty of other interesting tidbits, including the story of Clinton's successful efforts to woo Morgan Stanley's Republican CEO, John Mack , into her camp. Mack and other one-time Bush-loving corporate execs endorsing Hillary, including Jeffrey Volk of Citigroup and former American Express CEO James D. Robinson III , praise her experience and free trade bona fides, of course, but also speak glowingly of her plan to cut health care costs. And touching on our tax/revenues discussion from yesterday, Fortune 's Nina Easton writes: ...GOP foes are bemused by the trend. "A lot...


ARE YOU A SELL OUT? Over at Campus Progress , Jesse Singal reviews Daniel Brook 's The Trap: Selling Out to Stay Afloat in Winner-Take-All America . The book is about progressive young Americans' conflicting desires to make a difference, but also to be able to afford health care, a decent place to live, and a high-quality education for their children. As Jesse writes, the system that makes all this so difficult is based on the conservative movement's amazing success "at exploiting the specter of excessive taxation against middle-class people whose most pressing economic concerns—the spiraling costs of education, health care, and housing—are in fact exacerbated by tax cuts at the top." But Americans have "radical, right-wing views on taxes," Jesse points out. "Only 1 percent of Americans think that taxes are too low (compared to 62 percent of Britons)." That's a staggering statistic indeed: Even though most Americans support cheaper health care and college tuition, just 1 percent of us...


WHEN MINUTEMEN ARE HAPPY ...you know you ought to be dispirited, at the very least. And while the immigration bill required an onerous, anti-family "touch back" and agreed to construct an Orwell ian "security fence" between the United States and Mexico, I can't help but feel disappointed today for the 12 million undocumented Americans who have just learned they're not going to get adequate medical care, college financial aid for their kids, or the right to report domestic violence without fear of deportation after all . I have little faith that Congress will return to immigration during Bush 's term. And even less faith that a Democrat will risk political capital on such a divisive issue in 2009. --Dana Goldstein