The Public Interest

Public Interest is a magazine specializing in Politics topics.

Articles from No. 114, Winter

A Better Way to Tax
IN THE SUMMER OF 1992, Senators Pete Domenici (R-NM) and Sam Nunn (D-GA) decided to move beyond the short-term tinkering that usually dominates congressional debate over taxation. The senators reached onto the academic shelf and pulled down an idea that...
At the VA, It Pays to Be Sick
SHOULD WE encourage veterans with psychiatric problems to remain ill? Should we encourage them to undergo unnecessary hospitalization? And, for those already hospitalized, should we encourage longer hospital stays than necessary? Surely most people--experts...
How Much Does Global Warming Matter?
MORE THAN A BILLION people in developing countries have no access to safe drinking water, and at least twice that many have no access to adequate sanitation. Consequently, between 1 and 1.5 billion people suffer from water-related diseases such as schistosomiasis,...
In Praise of Censorship
THE DAY AFTER he was asked for his resignation, John Frohnmayer assembled his staff at the National Endowment for the Arts and spoke of the attacks on the agency as an "eclipse of the soul." A month later, his tone grew even more ominous, as he compared...
Passing the Generational Buck
IN THIS ARTICLE we will investigate the U.S. government's treatment of children. We will begin with a look at the flow of transfer payments to children, and then consider the government services purchased on their behalf. We will also consider the benefits...
The School Choice Fiasco
ON NOVEMBER 2, 1993, California residents voted on Proposition 174, a state initiative that would have provided pupils with "scholarships" (vouchers worth at least $2500) that could be applied to the cost of attending any private school. The initiative...
The Seeds of Urban Revival
NO MATTER WHAT the measurement--unemployment, welfare rates, crime, infant mortality, out-of-wedlock births, school achievement, homelessness, substance abuse--the condition of urban America, at least in the older cities, has worsened significantly in...