The Public Interest

Public Interest is a magazine specializing in Politics topics.

Articles from Winter

Budgeting More, Deciding Less
BUDGETING is governing," declares Pete V. Domenici, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. Few would challenge this statement. Budgeting has always been at the heart of policy making. Since the early 1980s, however, the budget has been the major...
McLuhan's World-And Ours
A NEW nonliterary culture exists today, of whose existence, not to mention significance, most literary intellectuals are entirely unaware," wrote Susan Sontag in her groundbreaking 1965 essay, "One Culture and the New Sensibility." The new sensibility,...
Pedophilia and the Culture Wars
D R. Laura was outraged. The widely syndicated talk radio guru devoted her March 22 radio show, with an estimated audience of 18 million listeners, as well as a May 12 news conference, to an attack on "garbage science" and those who would "sexualize...
The Bad Law of "Disparate Impact"
THE "disparate impact" theory of discrimination is curious, ubiquitous, and mischievous. The theory holds that when an action has a disproportionate effect on some group (racial, ethnic, gender, whatever), it can be challenged as illegal discrimination--even...
The Spirit of Capitalism, 2000
EACH of us brings his favorite examples to the table when the subject of contemporary adult immaturity is raised. From the multitude of news items that, by turns, offend and amaze, I offer the following two as especially illustrative of our postmodern,...
To the "Disadvantaged" Go the Spoils?
IN the summer of 1998, the U.S. Department of Commerce released a controversial study supporting a form of affirmative action for minority-owned businesses. These businesses, when competing to provide goods and services to the federal government, are...
Welfare Reform and Reducing Teen Pregnancy
ALMOST no one thinks it's a good idea for unwed teenagers to become parents. It would be the odd parent, indeed, who counseled their own teenage son or daughter to start a family. Most parents hope that their children will finish school, find a job,...