The Public Interest

Public Interest is a magazine specializing in Politics topics.

Articles from Fall

Are Europe's Cities Better?
Cities grow in three directions: in by crowding, up into multi-story buildings, or out toward the periphery. Although cities everywhere have developed in each of these ways at various times, nowhere in Europe do urban settlements sprawl as much as...
Croly's Progressive America
No knowledgeable scholar of American political thought would dispute the importance and influence of Herbert Croly's 1909 book The Promise of American Life. In the book's own day, Felix Frankfurter extolled it as "the most powerful single contribution...
Is Regional Government the Answer?
Suburban sprawl, the spread of low-density housing over an ever-expanding landscape, has attracted a growing list of enemies. Environmentalists have long decried the effects of sprawl on the ecosystem; aesthetes have long derided what they saw as "the...
On the Character of Generation X
Before I say anything either in praise or blame of today's young people, it might be well to remember what Montesquieu says in his Spirit of the Laws: "It is not young people who degenerate; they are ruined only when grown men have already been corrupted."...
Reducing Poverty, Not Inequality
According to official statistics, the distribution of income has become increasingly unequal during the past two decades. A common reaction in the popular press, in political debate, and in academic discussions is to regard the increased inequality...
The Monochrome Society
Various demographers and social scientists have been predicting for years that the end of the white majority in the United States is near, and that there will be a majority of minorities. The issue has moved to the center of American political discourse:...
What's Happening in Business Schools?
Over the past two years, stories of questionable - at times criminal - business activity have dominated the business press: Cendant's creative earnings, Archer Daniels Midland's price-fixing, Bankers Trust's leveraged derivatives and use of customer...