The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 21, No. 5, June

Have Mac, Will Publish; Today's Alternative Papers Are Surprisingly Good. Here's Why
Have Mac, Will Publish For years children died painfully and unnecessarily in the working-class neighborhood of Phoenix called Maryvale. They died of leukemia. They died often: At least 28 succumbed between 1961 and 1985, twice the national rate....
How to Revolutionize Washington with 140 People
How to Revolutionize Washington with 140 People Although probably nobody at the Pentagon would admit it, their much-prized Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) may have already been shot down. Not by a particle beam. Not by an antisatellite pellet-warhead...
The $5,347 Rock; How I Almost Sold the Pentagon a Manually Launched, Visually Guided, Igneous Antitank Weapon
The $5,347 Rock On September 30, 1987, a story appeared in The Seattle Times that told of problems the General Accounting Office identified with the Army's new M72A3 anti-tank weapon, a shoulder-mounted bazooka. "A battlefield GI has only one chance...
The Case for the Case Study; What Imelda Marcos, Nikita Khrushchev, and Niccolo Machiavelli Could Teach the American Political Science Association
The Case for the Case Study In a classroom of graduate students in Harvard's department of government, students hunch over spiral notebooks, copying down terms from a lecture. "Theoretical linking structure." "Criterion of falsifiability." A professor,...
Why Cable Costs Too Much; How Local Politicians and Cable Companies Conspire to Make Cable TV Overpriced
Why Cable Costs Too Much In 1982, Sacramento, California became one of the last major metropolitan areas to decide to wire its residents for cable television. Assuming that cable was a "natural monopoly," similar to a public utility, Sacramento saw...