The Public Interest

Public Interest is a magazine specializing in Politics topics.

Articles from Fall

Counting Heads
STEVEN Holmes, a New York Times reporter, tells us that the Bureau of the Census is "one of the most apolitical of all federal agencies." But according to Vincent Barabba, a former director of the bureau, "The census is one of the most political things...
Crime-Fighting and Urban Renewal
For most of the past 35 years, conventional wisdom has held that poverty causes crime. "Warring on poverty, inadequate housing, and unemployment is warring on crime," wrote the members of the 1967 Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the...
Death, Wealth, and Taxes
WHILE there are many economists and philosophers who have defended the right to become wealthy, few have defended wealth per Se. But in fact, the simple existence of wealth is economically of great importance, quite apart from the familiar need for...
Immigration in the New Economy
THE populations of the world are on the move, propelled by oppression and poverty in some countries; attracted by job opportunities or by the relatively generous welfare benefits available in the world's richer countries; and facilitated by the declining...
Paradoxes of Welfare-State Conservatism
AT times an unbridgeable gap seems to separate the policy sciences from the practical world of politics. Politicians complain that policy analysis is not "useful" to them, and policy analysts lament what they see as politicians' ignorance of even the...
The Demise of Child-Rearing
CHILD-REARING is America's cultural third rail. It is the gateway for debating everything from family structure (or the lack thereof) to exactly who should care for those regarded as the most vulnerable and malleable among us: very young children....
The New Gospel of Health
OVER the last two decades, the public has come to embrace the importance of the "healthy life style," which is said to include a proper attention to diet, regular exercise, no smoking, and less alcohol. The healthy life style has even become a political...