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. Though Bush refused to reveal his drunk driving conviction on the campaign trail, he did boast about increasing penalties for drunk driving in Texas. "In Texas, we've reformed our criminal justice system . . . cracked down on drunk driving, [and] established boot camps for disruptive juveniles," he boasted at a...

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. This month, a 15-year-old boy -- ridiculed as "Anorexic Andy" at his San Diego area high school -- allegedly opened fire, killing two of his classmates and wounding 13 more. Bewildered students recall that teenagers taunted Andy about his wiry frame and big ears, and even stole his skateboard and shoes. Andy had talked of suicide before the shooting spree. The following day, the girl labeled "Psycho" and "Weirdo" at her Pennsylvania school was arrested on charges of shooting a classmate. Like so many perpetrators of school violence, both students suffered harassment -- and both chose the most deadly response. Americans are agonizing about how to prevent such tragedies,...

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? A: I think what is significant about open-source software is not so much that it is great software or that it is more powerful or more efficient than other software, but that it commits itself to a type of intellectual or public commons so that anybody can take this software and understand it and develop it and build it into their own applications the way that they want. In that way, it makes the software like scientific knowledge or like cases decided by courts. The software becomes a resource for other people to use and to build upon; it's long been the tradition of our intellectual property law to encourage ideas and information and inventions and writings to be turned over to the public in a...

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: To control the spin, presidents often choose a theme of the week on which they and their flacks hammer. Does President Bush start with the tax cut on which he ran so hard? No. On prescription drug benefits? No. On military readiness? No. Bush's theme next week will be "Faith-Based Initiatives." In fact, President Bush will announce the Office of Faith-Based Action that he proposed during the campaign (though the name may be changed). As Bush's Web site boasts, the office "in the Executive...

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