Phoebe Connelly

Phoebe Connelly is a former web editor of the Prospect. Previously, she was managing editor of In These Times. She writes on political culture, human rights and feminism.

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Kennedy: Go-To Guy For "All the Excluded in American Life."

Harold Meyerson on Ted Kennedy's legacy: He was, as he lay dying, new again. Ted Kennedy outlived the Reagan-Thatcher conservative era to which for so many years he led the opposition. He played a key role in putting Barack Obama in the White House, creating the possibility for a renaissance of American liberalism, the cause he led for the past four decades. He came to Washington one last time to vote for the kind of Keynesian stimulus that had been out of favor in the age of laissez-faire but that embodied, however imperfectly, Kennedy's belief that government had the ability and the duty to create an economy that not only mitigated capitalism's excesses but made it work for ordinary Americans. He did not get to liberalism's promised land, of course. The universal health coverage he'd fought for throughout his career is still unrealized; his death may make it harder to realize, at least in the immediate months to come. Labor law remains unreformed, and America's 12 million...


This op-ed by Whole Foods CEO John Mackey on health care is getting folks all riled up. Fine, I'm with you. But why is this the first time you've considered boycotting Whole Foods? Mackey has made it quite clear that he's anti-union: According to union activist Sheila Payne , he once said, "The union is like having herpes. It doesn't kill you, but it's unpleasant and inconvenient, and it stops a lot of people from becoming your lover." Um. Ok. He personally intervened in the attempt of a Wisconsin store to unionize, asking workers to instead "'expand into love." And, as this Texas Observer piece notes, Whole Foods passed out fliers against the United Farm Workers, and declined to sign on to a pledge endorsed by most of the other large grocery chains decrying conditions for strawberry pickers. More recently, Whole Foods was very much behind the push to kill EFCA. They, along with Starbucks and Costco, proposed a "third way," which, naturally, involved writing card check out of the...

The Life and Death of Online Communities

How online communities are born -- and what happens when they die.

When Yahoo announced earlier this year that it was shuttering GeoCities, an online community of user-created Web pages from the early days of the Internet, the response was more mocking than mournful. "So Long GeoCities: We Forgot You Still Existed" read one PC World headline. When it's remembered at all these days, GeoCities is an Internet punch line, with its amateur code and garish color schemes (one programmer friend termed it "an animated-gif-athon"). But it was a hot startup in the mid-1990s. With its user profiles and pages organized by topic, the service was a precursor to online networks like Facebook, MySpace, and accessible blogging platforms like Blogger and WordPress. And, much like those sites, it is owned by a private corporation that has ultimate say over what happens to information, photographs, conversations, and interaction that occurred within that space. GeoCities began in 1994 as Beverly Hills Internet (BHI), a California company that offered free Web hosting and...


While doing some work with the Prospect 's online archives, I came across this print advertisement for the "Interactive American Prospect," billing all the great features of the magazine's web site -- dated December 6, 1999, when computers looked like this . It's a pleasant reminder of just how far the Web has come in the last decade. If you don’t believe me, check out the top-right of the ad: we were all still browsing on Netscape . --Christopher Sopher [Eds. note: It's Chris' last day! We'll miss you!]


Never a slow news day with these Republicans. Couple of quick hits -- it's worth re-reading Ann and Tim 's initial reactions to the arrival of Sarah Palin on the national political scene as McCain's VP. (Shorter Tim: it's a gimmick. Shorter Ann: it's sexist pandering.) Josh Marshall says we shouldn't rule out the obvious explanation for Palin's decision to step down-- Either Palin is resigning ahead of some titanic scandal (which should emerge in short order if it exists) or her resignation was triggered by an even more extreme mental instability than we'd previously suspected. Worth revisiting this piece by Laura McGann on Alaska's culture of corruption: Palin is a member of the same Republican Party as those ensnared in a corrupt web, but somehow she seems like a completely different political animal. Palin moved into the governor's mansion in 2006 on a platform of reform and change, having developed a reputation as a whistleblower after calling out the chair of the state GOP and...