Everyone knows that policies are nothing without a strong public champion. Here are the figures we've watched shape the political landscape of the aughts: Nancy Pelosi : The San Francisco liberal who took control of the House. Al Gore : His post-Clinton reinvention. Markos Moulitsas : The founder of DailyKos says serving in the Army made him a liberal. Barack Obama: The junior senator from Illinois and the candidate with a Theory of Change . Economists : James Galbraith takes a scathing look at the profession. Back in 2002. George W. Bush : Our most dangerous president. Robert Rubin : We picked a fight with him before it was fashionable. Michael Barone : The curious politics of the man behind the Almanac of American Politics . Ted Kennedy : The liberal champion of the poor and underprivileged. Janet Napolitano : The head of Homeland Security created a workable, left-right coalition as governor of Arizona. --The Editors (AP Photo)
Sometimes the hardest part of politics is articulating exactly why you've picked the position you have. Here are our attempts to pin down what makes us liberals, and them, conservatives: We've toyed with the idea that liberals should walk away from an interest-group approach to politics . And dismissed liberal hawks' positioning of incompetence as the problem with the Iraq War. At the midpoint of the decade, we wondered if hubris would bring down the GOP and speculated on what Democrats needed to do to regain power . The 2008 election turned on the question of who had the most effective theory of change . Now that Republicans are out of power, will they resort to identity politics ? And now that Democrats are safely in power, it's time to reconsider who gets to set the agenda . --The Editors (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) PREVIOUSLY: The Decade in Liberalism: Defining the Agenda
The Prospect began 20 years ago with a mission to rethink ideas about public policy and thereby restore plausibility and persuasiveness to American Liberalism. Then it was a quarterly out of Princeton, New Jersey, now, it's a monthly with a lively Web site. Over the past decade, we've made a point of publishing the articles that reorient the way you think about the liberal agenda. Here are 10 of our best (and most prescient) suggestions : The global financial system is in need of more oversight. (2001) The rush to war in Iraq was dangerous and misguided. (2002) The Internet will become a Democratic organizing tool. (2003) Las Vegas is organized labor's Shangri-La . But the rest of America ... (2004) Are Democrats using the wrong arguments to defend reproductive rights ? (2004) Not only should we reform health care ... we should think about a public option . (2005) The real glass ceiling for women is not at the workplace but at home. (2005) Is racial targeting the best way to close the...
As the "Great Recession" dragged on, the unemployment rate climbed. Here are the top five articles explaining how we got into this situation and how we can get out of it: Through the debate over the bailouts, it seemed that every financial institution was "too big to fail." But when it comes to banking, size isn't the only thing that matters . A number of states are still undergoing budget crises. Could our commitment to federalism actually be slowing down our economic recovery? As foreclosures swept the nation, opportunistic housing speculators moved in and hindered efforts of block-by-block revitalization. The unemployment rate for men certainly climbed quickly, but the "He-cession" was a myth . So, how do we keep our financial architecture from crumbling once again? In a word: regulation . -- The Editors (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)