The Public Interest

Public Interest is a magazine specializing in Politics topics.

Articles from Spring

Capitalism and the Human Spirit
I DOUBT that neoconservatives have (or ever had) a creed, but I am willing to commit myself to the truth of the following propositions: Economics is fundamental, and yet prior to economics is politics; prior to politics is culture; and at the root...
Defending Suburban Sprawl
IN September 1998, Vice President Al Gore traveled to Portland, Oregon, the urban planners' Mecca, to attack suburban sprawl and support "smart growth." What he actually meant was managed growth--higher densities, mixed land uses, energy-efficient...
Dilemmas of Conservatism
IN an election year, some outcomes are unpredictable, but one is inevitable: Conservatives will fight among themselves. They will accuse one another of having abandoned conservative ideals, admonish each other for having mistaken the essence of conservatism,...
The Cultural Revolution in Health Care
THERE comes a time in any industry when the principles that have long governed its activity and operation no longer apply. A change occurs in the minds of the people who deliver the service, and though they continue to go about their work in timely...
The Social Democratic City
IN 1950, three years after Jackie Robinson had broken in with the Dodgers, and well before the rest of the country had begun to face up to the issue of racial integration, New York's City College (CCNY) basketball team became a symbol of urban harmony....
The Twilight of Liberal Welfare Reform
THIRTY years ago, welfare reform was a liberal issue. In the 1960s and 1970s, government planners proposed that cash welfare benefits be raised and extended to the entire low-income population. But those proposals were rejected, and since the 1970s,...
Two Cheers for Capitalism
AS I read David Bosworth's splendid language, his extraordinarily balanced phrases and keen satirical wit, his lively use of striking examples coupled with enduring issues, I found that I started to ask myself, Do I know anybody like the people he...
When Psychotherapy Replaces Religion
WHEN it comes to the moral life of children, the vocabulary of the psychologist frames virtually all public discussion. For decades now, contributions from philosophers and theologians have been muted or nonexistent. Anthropologists and sociologists...
Y2K America
LIKE most people, I typically discount jeremiads like David Bosworth's "The Spirit of Capitalism, 2000," which describe a deep and possibly fatal corruption in American society. After all, the people I know all seem to lead sensible, quiet lives. In...