The Public Interest

Public Interest is a magazine specializing in Politics topics.

Articles from No. 125, Fall

AIDS and the Media
A twofold lesson about science and the media emerges from a reading of the scientific and popular literature about AIDS: It's not just that the media can, at times, misinform us about what science says; it's also that science often speaks in an extremely...
A Supreme Court in the Culture Wars
Justice Antonin Scalia made the point with characteristic bluntness. Dissenting from the Supreme Court's 1996 decision in Evans v. Romer, Scalia protested that the majority ruling "takes sides in the culture wars." Even those who approve the result must...
Boston's City on a Hill
City On A Hill Charter School in Boston, one of the first 14 charter schools in Massachusetts, opened its doors to 65 ninth and tenth graders on September 5, 1995. It is the only charter public high school in Boston, and the only charter school in Massachusetts...
New Jersey's Experiment in Welfare Reform
In the wake of the welfare-reform plan passed by its legislature in January of 1992, the state of New Jersey has seen a significant reduction in birth rates and welfare dependency in its poorest cities. And, paradoxically, the new evidence of these changes,...
New York: The "Old City." (the Encyclopedia of New York City)
The appearance of The Encyclopedia of New York City,(*) edited by Kenneth T. Jackson, leads one to think of one of Parkinson's laws: When the capital is complete, the empire is ready to fall. Or perhaps, more grandly, of Hegel's owl of Minerva, which...
School Choice in Milwaukee
To object to compromise is to question a great American political craft. The Constitution could not have been written without compromising the differences between the large and small states. The Missouri Compromise postponed the Civil War for 40 years....
The Realities of Day Care
The most far-reaching and comprehensive study to date has found that using child care does not affect infants' trust in their mothers." Thus began a front-page story in the April 21 edition of the New York Times, summarizing preliminary findings of an...
Welfare Reform and Marriage
Welfare reform has traditionally focused on helping single mothers get jobs, perhaps with the help of government-funded job training and child care. But such efforts are expensive and have shown only modest results. Recently, long-overdue efforts to...