Paul Starr is co-founder and co-editor of the The American Prospect. and professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University. A winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction and the Bancroft Prize in American history, he is the author of seven books, including most recently Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle over Heath Care Reform (Yale University Press, revised ed. 2013). Click here to read more about Starr.
Robert B. Reich, a co-founder of The American Prospect, is a Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. His website can be found here and his blog can be found here.
Here's the original 1989 prospectus for The American Prospect, laying out the challenge facing liberalism at the end of the 1980s and the corresponding mission of the magazine as the founders envisioned it.
Introduction O ne lesson of America’s recent past is that the sponsorship of ideas and the building of new intellectual institutions can make a difference. Two decades ago, when American conservatism seemed moribund, its advocates began developing a network of research centers, scholars, and publications. The new institutions played a key role in shaping the views of opinion leaders and guiding the direction of conservative policy in 1980s. No one today can miss the impact of that resurgence. For over a decade, many liberals have sensed the same need for reflection and rebuilding. Talent is not scarce. As conservatives so often complain, the universities. press, and public agencies are thick with researchers and writers with liberal values. However, their work has not had the concerted effect that the right-wing policy intellectuals have recently enjoyed. Liberals today often appear bereft of a public philosophy. Many have become disaffected from liberalism without having anything to...