The Washington Monthly

An independent monthly magazine devoted to politics, government, culture, and the media in America, from a progressive perspective. Publishes investigative and opinion-based feature articles by notable authors, short news items, humorous sidebars, and boo

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 10, October

Give Them Liberty to Give Us Death?
It seemed like a great way to promote family values. On August 10, President Clinton announced a campaign to protect children from the dangers of smoking by severely restricting cigarette advertising on outdoor billboards, at sporting events, in magazines,...
How the GOP Learned to Love the Bomb
The scene is Prague, whose beautiful churches and bridges were, almost miraculously, spared the ravages of two world wars. It is just before Christmas, and people are laughing and chatting on the streets as they do their last-minute shopping. Jaroslav...
Student Loans: The Wrong Cuts
Young people in this country are feeling the squeeze. Even as it's getting harder to get a decent job without a college degree, college itself is becoming prohibitively expensive for more and more people. From 1984 to 1993, median family income increased...
The Not So Merry Wives of Washington
For those praying for something, anything, to come between Newt Gingrich and the presidency, September's Vanity Fair offered a sign from God--a big-eyed brunette from a small town in Ohio: Marianne Ginther Gingrich. "I don't want him to be president,"...
The Wild West Thing
Every morning they read The Washington Post that hits their front door and listen to National Public Radio while they shower. Then, their appetites whetted by the day's news, they creep out of the underbrush of Washington neighborhoods and come to the...
"What the Public Doesn't Know Can't Hurt Us."(comparison between Two Books on Income Distribution by Edward N. Wolff and Richard Armey)(Cover Story)
To a naive reader, Edward N. Wolff's Top Heavy: A Study of the Increasing Inequality of Wealth in America might seem unlikely to provoke strong emotional reactions. Wolff, a professor of economics at New York University, provides a rather dry, matter-of-fact...
Why You Can Hate Drugs and Still Want to Legalize Them
There's no breeze, only bare, stifling heat, but Kevin can scarcely support his wispy frame. He bobs forward, his eyes slowly closing until he drifts asleep, in a 45-degree hunch. "Kevin?" I say softly. He jerks awake and slowly rubs a hand over his...