The Public Interest

Public Interest is a magazine specializing in Politics topics.

Articles from No. 134, Winter

A Liberal Country, after All
Most "classics" in political science do not age well. Perhaps that is only to say that most works hailed as "classic" in their time are not actually classic. But some do receive tenure. First published in 1955, Louis Hartz's The Liberal Tradition...
Is WIC as Good as They Say?
WIC WORKS, perhaps better than any other government program in existence," Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman recently declared. Former Health and Human Services Secretary Louis Sullivan agreed: "The WIC Program results in significant Medicaid savings...
Student Performance: Males versus Females
Women's advocacy groups have waged an intense media campaign to promote the idea that "schools shortchange girls." Their goal has been to convince the public that women are "victims" of an unfair educational system and that they deserve special treatment,...
The Fallacies of No-Fault Addiction
On November 20, 1995, more than one hundred substance-abuse experts gathered in Chantilly, Virginia for a meeting organized by the government's top research agency on drug abuse. One topic for discussion was whether the agency, the National Institute...
Untangling the Trade Deficit
The competition for most misunderstood economic statistic is hard-fought, but there is a clear winner: the trade deficit. No other number is interpreted so differently by professional economists and the general public. Common reactions to the U.S....
What Remains of Toleration?
In 1776 Thomas Jefferson set down in his journal what he thought of John Locke's Letter Concerning Toleration. He began by noting that Locke sweepingly denied toleration to those who entertain opinions contrary to the moral rules necessary for the...