The Public Interest

Public Interest is a magazine specializing in Politics topics.

Articles from No. 113, Fall

A Nation of Cowards
OUR SOCIETY has reached a pinnacle of self-expression and respect for individuality rare or unmatched in history. Our entire popular culture--from fashion magazines to the cinema--positively screams the matchless worth of the individual, and glories...
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Bauhaus Blunders: Architecture and Public Housing
CABRINI-GREEN IS a large, inner-city public housing project on Chicago's Near North Side. It attracted national attention in October of 1992, when a seven-ye -old boy walking to school with this mother was fatally shot (for no apparent reason) by a...
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Cities, Surburbs, and the Urban Crisis
THE RETURN OF a Democrat to the White House has led the nation's big city mayors and other advocates of urban interests to hope that the national government will once again fund a large-scale "urban policy." The reigning assumption behind this hope,...
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Commencement at McGill
LET ME BEGIN by saying how deeply honored I am by the honorary degree you have conferred upon me by the invitation to deliver the commencement address at a university for which I have such respect and affection. And let me apologize for speaking entirely...
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Does Money Buy Happiness?
TWENTY YEARS ago in this journal, Richard Easterlin argued that richer societies are no happier than poor ones. However, Easterlin argued, within any one country richer people are happier than poorer people. He explained this anomaly as follows:...
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Should Hate Be a Crime
ON MAY 29, 1989, a white man, David Wyant, occupied a compsite next to Jerry White, an African-American. White complained to the park authorities that Wyant was playing his music too loudly during "quiet hours." White and his companion later heard...
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The Contraception Paradox
THE DEBATE over contraception is an old one. In 1916, Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was thrown in jail for offering advice and contraceptives to married women in Brooklyn. But the present controversy over giving contraceptives...
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The Europeanization of the U.S. Labor Market
IN NOVEMBER 1982, the United States was at the bottom of a severe recession in which the unemployment rate hit 10.6 percent. Although 101 million people were working, 11 million were looking for work. By the end of the 1980s, 119 million were working...
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The Limits of Monetary Policy
TWENTY-ONE YEARS AGO this fall I sat in my first economics class and listened to the conventional wisdom of the time, as set forth by the eigth edition of Paul Samuelson's classic introductory text Economics. Today tha book retains a valued place...
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