The Public Interest

Public Interest is a magazine specializing in Politics topics.

Articles from No. 128, Summer

A Conservative Case for Regulation
Nothing upsets a conservative quite so much as the threat of "regulation" - or at least, of economic regulation (social regulation being something that various subsets of conservatives find attractive). Conservatives, after all, are brought up believing...
Computers: Good for Education?
President Clinton has shown a penchant for cosmetic educational reform. Neither a stalwart against the most questionable reforms implemented in recent memory nor an advocate for a totally newfangled educational system, he has chosen to stick with ideas...
Equality, Growth, and the Myopic Society
Some years ago, in his widely discussed Social Limits to Growth, Fred Hirsch claimed that "economic equality has been a compulsive political idea of the twentieth century." Taking, as he did, such a century-long perspective, who can possibly doubt this...
IQ and Economic Success
In The Bell Curve, the late Richard J. Herrnstein and I described an emerging class society in which the intellectually blessed become ever more rich and powerful and the intellectually deficient find it harder and harder to cope. We proposed that this...
Moist Eyes - from Rousseau to Clinton
Readers of The Public Interest know that ideas have consequences, sometimes long delayed ones. Even so, the notion of a link between Rousseau and Clinton may seem tenuous. Except, perhaps, to a certain kind of codger, who would snort that the two had...
Replacing the Nursing Home
The term "nursing home" hardly fits the American institution that houses 1.7 million feeble old people. First, no one who lives in a nursing home could possibly confuse it with a home. Sharing a bedroom 'with a sick stranger, being served institutional...
The Culture of Secrecy
It is a half century since the foreign intelligence system of the United States was established by the National Security Act of 1947. It is 80 years since the Espionage Act of 1917 established the present legal regime dealing with subversive activities...
The Prescience of Myrdal
An American Dilemma Gunnar Myrdal called the problem of race in his classic 1944 book, recently re-issued with a new introduction by Myrdal's daughter, Sissela Bok. "Dilemma" was, in fact, never quite the right word. Myrdal saw not a difficult choice...