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. 23, No. 5, May

Class Inaction; How 3,000 Overpaid Administrators Stymie D.C. School Reform
Class Inaction The little kids attending D.C.'s Malcolm X Elementary School last year already had grown-up-sized hurdles to leap. Their reading and math scores ranked among the lowest in D.C.'s 175 public schools; 98 percent of them were eligible...
Club Med; How the Medical Fraternity Keeps the Government from Exposing the Skeletons in Doctors' Closets
Club Med In 1978, Connie Fay Blackstone, a married Ohio woman in her mid-twenties, found herself severely depressed after the death of her mother. She turned to Dr. Leo Nierras, a psychiatrist, for help. But Nierras was a little too solicitous....
Lord of the Gadflies; the Nation Is Pushy and Obnoxious. That's Why It's So Great
Lord of the Gadflies In some ways, The Nation, 1865-1990 (*) is a typical venerable old magazine collection. Its big literary guns of days gone by--Henry James, Mark Twain, D. H. Lawrence, H. L. Mencken--could all be expected to appear in a best...
Pretty Worthless; Whatever Happened to Making Movies That Make a Difference?
Pretty Worthless In the 1954 film On the Waterfront, Marlon Brando plays a dockworker named Terry Malloy whose brother is in cahoots with the vicious leader of the dockworkers' local. Although he resists falling in with the crooks, Terry also has...
Slumlord; Pat Moynihan Has Done Some Great Things - but Betraying the Poverty Warriors Isn't One of Them
Slumlord In the summer of 1965, the Watts riot and the escalation of American involvement in Vietnam destroyed the mood of triumphant liberal comity that was supposed to be the foundation on which the solution to the crisis in the urban ghettos would...
The Toughest Row to Hoe; Nicholas Lemann Takes Us to the Ghettos like No One Else Has. Now, How the Hell Do We Get Out?
The Toughest Row to Hoe There's no miniseries, not yet anyway. But Nicholas Lemann's new book (*) has all the trappings of a major publishing event. His account of the black migration north has been featured on the covers of both The New York Times...
With Friends like These, Who Needs Loan Officers? with a Little Greed and a Lot of Logrolling, D.C. Powerbrokers like Brent Scowcroft and Thomas Boggs Destroyed the National Bank of Washington
With Friends Like These, Who Needs Loan Officers? The photograph shows a room with a silver chandelier and a gilded ceiling, pale light filtering through high windows, and balconies festooned with flowers. At the bottom of the photo, five thin, elderly...