The Public Interest

Public Interest is a magazine specializing in Politics topics.

Articles from No. 122, Winter

Affirmative Action in the People's Court
The 1996 elections promise to be, in part, a referendum on the question of race. The passage of Proposition 187 in California has already prompted immigration reform. Now, the California Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI) has pierced the cocoon of establishment...
A New Vision for City Schools
Yes, there is hope for urban education. A wave of reform is spreading from city to city and state to state. Rather than aiming to alter isolated practices or to fix one piece of a jerry-built system, these changes are meant to transform the basic character...
From Scottsboro to Simpson
Depressing episodes in American race relations come and go, but this one may stick. As we write, the news of the verdict in the O.J. Simpson trial is still fresh, though a new drama has quickly replaced the original one. Race - not crime and punishment...
Our Faltering Jury
Once I was invited to dinner by an elderly gentleman from China. When my host discovered that I was a law student, he talked about the American legal system. "There, in the courtroom," he said, "are two lawyers. They have been to school for many years....
Paternalism and Welfare Reform
After years of collective denial, most politicians (and welfare policy makers) have finally acknowledged the link between unwed parenthood and long-term welfare dependency, as well as a host of other social problems. But it is one thing to recognize...
Race and College Admissions
When I began my academic career in the early 1950s, there were virtually no black students at the leading Ivy League universities. A decade after the Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954, blacks still comprised no more than 1 percent of the...
Racial Gerrymandering
When the 102nd Congress convened in January 1991, the Georgia House delegation was comprised of nine Democrats and one Republican - Newt Gingrich. Eight of the Democrats were white (as, of course, is the Republican) and one was black. But more than...
The Balanced Budget Crusade
A "Balanced budget," no matter that few know what it means, particularly by archaic federal accounting rules, seems to be an American icon. Republicans and President Clinton now both proclaim it as a goal, differing only on timing and the means of...