The Public Interest

Public Interest is a magazine specializing in Politics topics.

Articles from No. 157, Fall

A New GOP?
THE midterm elections of 2002 brought the Republican party to the high point of its political strength in the modern era. For the first time since 1954, Republicans held the presidency as well as a majority in both the House and the Senate. President...
Compassion, Religion, and Politics
AS FILM director Mel Brooks once said, "Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die." Of course, he was talking about the darker side of the comedian's art. But to listen to the American news media and many of...
Democrats Adrift?
SEVERAL slow-moving but massive changes in American society over the past generation have reconfigured the fault-lines of American politics. Two of these changes--the impact of family structure and religion--are well known. In the 2000 election, Al...
Health, Inequality, and the Scholars
FEW would take exception to the idea that an improvement in the material well-being of the poor would enhance not only their living standard but their health levels as well. A number of influential recent studies, however, purport to show that inequality...
On Leaving No Child Behind
PASSED by Congress in 2001 and signed into law by President George W. Bush one short year after his inauguration, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is the most ambitious federal education statute in decades. Save possibly for Medicare reform, the...
Our Fractious Foreign Policy Debate
THREE decades after the Vietnam War, American politicians are still making foreign policy decisions in its shadow. In fact, on one level, debates such as those over the recent war in Iraq can be viewed as hinging on how one interprets the American...
The Economy in Perspective
DURING the 1997-98 season, the Chicago Bulls won the National Basketball Association championship after a regular-season record of 62 wins and 20 losses under coach Phil Jackson. In the next season Tim Floyd replaced Jackson, and the Bulls finished...