Lindsay Sobel

Lindsay Sobel came to the American Prospect in January
of 2000 as the first editor of the newly-launched American
Prospect Online
. Before joining the Prospect, she
worked for Slate magazine and covered Congress for
The Hill newspaper. Sobel earned her B.A. from the
University of Michigan and a master's degree in public policy from
Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Sobel grew up in Los Angeles and now lives in Cambridge, MA with
her husband Terry Klein.

Recent Articles

Responsibility 101:

Thursday night, a Portland, Maine news reporter broke the story that as a 30-year-old, Bush was arrested for drunken driving. His blood alcohol level was .10. "I'm not proud of that," said Bush at a hurriedly called news conference. What Bush does seem to be proud of is his harsh treatment of drunk drivers in Texas.

The day the story broke, Bush sermonized on CNNfn, "I believe we need to encourage personal responsibility so people are accountable for their actions." Perhaps he meant to say, "so other people are accountable." According to the Bush campaign, he paid a $150 fine and lost his driving privileges in Maine for a period of time.

Teach Peace:

The discovery of a Columbine-like shooting plot by four New Bedford, Mass. high school students has renewed debate about how best to prevent school violence. In this March 2001 article, Lindsay Sobel explores promising programs that teach the foundations of conflict resolution before students even enter high school.

A Conversation with Lawrence Lessig

The Democratic Promise of Open Source and the Patents that Might Drag it Down

Q: You write powerfully in The American Prospect about the necessity of well-constructed government regulation to support open-source software. What makes open-source a good worth protecting?

About Face:

When George W. Bush nominated John Ashcroft for attorney general, commentators portrayed it as the one bone that George W. Bush would throw to the religious right -- a way of shutting up the Jerry Falwells and Pat Robertsons so he could ignore them henceforth. Oops. Instead of settling for Ashcroft and moving center, Bush spent his first week in office systematically fulfilling the Christian right's To Do list -- and adopting its (often-exclusionary) rhetoric. No end is in sight. Witness: