The Public Interest

Public Interest is a magazine specializing in Politics topics.

Articles from No. 119, Spring

Assimilation's Quiet Tide
Assimilation has become America's dirty little secret. Although once the subject of avid discussion and debate, the idea has fallen into disrepute, replaced by the slogans of multiculturalism. At best, assimilation is considered of dubious relevance...
Educational Outcomes Do Matter
Prescribing learning results that all American students must master - a project known as outcome-based education (OBE) - has become the subject of one of the nation's fiercest education battles. Though initially a conservative idea for improving education...
Mainstreaming Kwanzaa
Ralph Kennedy, a manager at IBM who lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has celebrated the African-American holiday Kwanzaa since 1974. When he started, he says, "there was a great deal of active discussion going on about the tendency or lack of tendency...
Premodern Advice for the Postmodern Young
A graduation-day address at a university like my own (Harvard), where last spring University of Pennsylvania law professor Lani Guinier and Vice President Al Gore were featured speakers, has a familiar theme. In late twentieth-century America, graduating...
Recycling: Myths and Realities
A week before the 1994 elections, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani received a piece of very good news from the New York City Department of Sanitation, perhaps the last good news he was to receive for quite some time. The department reported that the market for...
The Politics of Public Pension Funds
In most large U.S. corporations, the owners are passive investors who do not run the business. This creates an agency problem, allowing the managers to operate the business for their own ends, not the shareholders'. In the 1980s, corporate takeovers...