Insight on the News

Insight on the newspaper is a magazine specializing in General topics.

Articles from Vol. 9, No. 29, July 19

An Old Soldier Fights a New War
In the spring of 1992, following his defeat in the Michigan presidential primary, Patrick Buchanan called one of his former employers to discuss his less-than-spectacular campaign. When Richard Nixon answered, Buchanan told him: "Well, I'm 19 for 19...
Big Troubles for Britain's Mild Man
If Bill Clinton has had some moments of anxiety lately about his faltering image as a leader, they pale in comparison with those of British Prime Minister John Major. Ever since his victory in last year's general election, his handling of Britain's...
Clinton Team Must Awaken to Pacific Rim
While the United States and Europe dither falteringly in the hopeless quagmire of Bosnia and the disintegrating former Yugoslavia, the shadow of an imposing new potential economic and military colossus rises in the East. The power of the Pacific...
In Canada, It's Bill Clinton in a Skirt
Some pundits call her "Bill Clinton in drag." Others say she's "Ottawa's Madonna," a woman with "naked ambition." Right-wingers find her much too moderate, "a sorry Tory"; left-wingers say she's far too conservative, "Mulroney in a skirt." She's...
Industrial Policy Leads to Propping Up Businesses
The current debate on a federal energy tax serves as a useful reminder that industrial policy comes in many forms, and that it almost inevitably leads to some form of protectionism. Unfortunately, what the debate hasn't revealed is the price of economic...
Instead of Fighting Deviance, Americans Just Get Used to It
Two recent headlines, seemingly unrelated, from the Washington Post: "Gunman Opens Fire at D.C. Pool -- 6 Children Wounded in Chaotic Scene"; "Homeless People Sleeping at Campsite in D.C. Park Get a Rude Awakening -- Officers Break Up Illegal Settlement...
One Man Is Setting out to Turn around Corrupt Japan
The dramatic humiliation of Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa throws a startling spotlight on a new political figure in Tokyo, a millionaire who bears an eerie resemblance to Ross Perot. Kenichi Ohmae, whose 39 books on business and economic...
Perfectionists Ignore America's Consensus against Racism
Last month, I listened with much discomfort to the commencement address at Milton Academy by an alumnus, today a highly successful black Boston lawyer. Behind him, listening, sat Milton's headmaster, a black educator who has been remarkably successful...
Politics, Profit and Public Debt
On May 3, Merrill Lynch, the nation's largest brokerage company, suspended three of its top municipal bond specialists after a routine audit turned up "irregularities" in its dealings with Armacon Securities, an obscure New Jersey corporation. A...
Ruling Makes Religion Bill Unnecessary for Freedom
In June, the Supreme Court staunchly defended the free exercise of religion by the politically unpopular. Writing for the majority in Church of the Lukumi Bablu Aye vs. City of Hialeah, Justice Anthony Kennedy declared unconstitutional a Florida...