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

Indecent Proposition:

Terry Moe should have been as content as Bill Clinton working a rope-line. Moe, one of the most respected proponents of school vouchers, was hobnobbing with several dozen other voucher enthusiasts at the palatial Redwood City abode of California venture capitalist Tim Draper. But instead of grinning, Moe was biting his lip. The dinner was a celebration of Proposition 38, Draper's voter initiative that will be on the California ballot this November. The measure would amend the state constitution to offer all students $4,000 vouchers -- taking money out of the public schools and giving it to families to send their children to the private or religious school of their choice. As the only person present who opposed the proposition, Moe had planned to keep quiet. Draper had not consulted Moe when drafting the referendum -- and Moe figured no speech would make the energetic tycoon turn back now. But in the midst of numerous oratories praising the merits of the...

Saved by the Bell:

Mini cowboys, fairies, firemen, and wizards are stuffing themselves with cupcakes, chips, and candy. Powerpuff Girls are slapping high fives and X-MEN are dueling. The Digimon 's dad is getting it all on videotape. A grown-up hippie with an Afro wig and a bullhorn repeatedly tries to get everyone's attention. Finally, the children of Boston's Early Learning Center begin their Halloween parade around the cafeteria. A sign on the Center door warns parents to beware of pit bulls in the neighborhood. And across the street, a mural says, "Stop the Violence" with an illustration of a gun and a gravestone. One teacher says that in this tough neighborhood, the muralist has not gotten his or her wish. But the only scary things inside the school are the cardboard haunted houses the kids have decorated. The children may call school fun, but the Center's director, Myrtle David, calls it education; A huge red sign on her office door says: Early Childhood Education Works! To...

Teach Peace:

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, suggesting gun control measures and school metal detectors. But practitioners in the growing field of conflict resolution training think they have a more potent and meaningful solution: teaching peace. Take the non-profit Peace Games, which sends volunteers into elementary and middle schools to teach communication...

Fueling an Epidemic:

You might think it was a sizable oversight that President Bush released his 163-page energy plan for America without including a single provision that would tackle skyrocketing energy prices in the short term. But Bush was way ahead of us on that. At a news conference just before he released his energy plan, he pronounced, "The best way to make sure that people are able to deal with high energy prices is to cut taxes, is to get people more of their own money so they can meet the bills, so they can meet the high energy prices." Bush hasn't even tried to pretend his tax cut will alleviate the myriad health problems his energy plan could cause, especially in low-income communities. As gas prices rocket towards $3 a gallon, Bush's tax cut may help defray the costs of gas for those Americans still shopping for the guzzlingest new SUVs. But despite Bush's attempts to pretend otherwise, the low-income people who are feeling the burn of higher energy prices get bupkus from his tax cut. The...

The Year of the Ostrich:

Let's call George Bush the ostrich president. When confronted with hard facts that contradict his position, he squawks and plunges his head deep into the sand, leaving Ari Fleischer to stutter out some sorry explanation. The Bush Administration is having a major ostrich moment. Yesterday the National Academy of Sciences released a report -- requested by the administration -- reiterating that, "Greenhouse gases are accumulating in earth's atmosphere as a result of human activities, causing surface air temperatures and subsurface ocean temperatures to rise." The report forced Bushies to admit a fact they'd scrupulously avoided in the past -- that the world is, indeed, getting toastier. But they stuck to the administration's position on warming nevertheless: "Not It!" Not the culprits, not responsible for the solution. "This report shows what is known and certain, and that which is unknown or surmised," said White House spokesperson Ari Fleicher. "For instance, it concludes that the...