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. 30, No. 7-8, July-August

A Deadly Mix
Internet pornography. Hate groups. Instructions for building bombs. Fraudulent money-making schemes. These are some of the abuses of the Internet. But one of the most outrageous -- even frightening -- abuses of the medium is by lawyers who advertise...
Protecting the Patient: How Independent Review Could Force HMOs to Behave
Matthew Cerniglia was dying. At the ripe old age of 12, the Sterling, Va., youth had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer; it was already in its late stages and spreading rapidly. The standard treatment was 11 months of chemotherapy, but the...
Who's Watching the Kids?
Why you should give a damn about this nation's child care crisis Let's face it. Child care in this country is widely regarded as the ultimate "women's issue" Unless you are a working mother -- or the comparatively rare single dad -- the pathetic...
Why Deregulation Has Gone Too Far: Toxic Drugs, Tainted Meat, Exploding Airplanes, and Other Dangers of Unfettered Capitalism
Toxic drugs, tainted meat, exploding airplanes, and other dangers of unfettered capitalism Twenty years ago this spring, the Senate voted to abolish the Civil Aeronautics Board. Where the government had maintained an elaborate and often unwieldy...