The Public Interest

Public Interest is a magazine specializing in Politics topics.

Articles from Summer

Culture and Achievement
THE relationship between their cultures and the economic and political trajectories of nations and civilizations is now a major topic among analysts of the differences among nations. The context has been set by such provocative theses on the causes...
Homeschooling Comes of Age
THE rise of homeschooling is one of the most significant social trends of the past half century. This reemergence of what is in fact an old practice has occurred for a distinctly modern reason: a desire to wrest control from the education bureaucrats...
Improving, Empowering, Dismantling
EVERYONE agrees that getting and keeping good teachers is key to improving America's schools. How to accomplish this goal, however, is a matter of significant disagreement. While America is blessed with many fine teachers, we don't have enough of them--a...
Postmodern Nursing
IN the late 1980s, Linda A. Rosa, a registered nurse working in Denver, Colorado, was deluged with brochures promoting courses for nurses in crystal healing, color therapy, and a technique called "therapeutic touch," derived from the laying-on of hands....
The Journal That Saved the City
CITIES are humanity's hothouses, where human potential develops to its fullest pitch of excellence and variety." So says Myron Magnet, editor of the Manhattan Institute's City Journal, a magazine that gets more policy bang per philanthropic buck than...
The Lessons of W-2
LIKE pious Muslims making the pilgrimage to Mecca, policy wonks have been flocking to Milwaukee to study its ambitious experiment in welfare reform. The reason why isn't hard to figure out. Since 1987, Wisconsin's welfare rolls have plummeted a stunning...
The Spirit of a Free Man
THE life and writings of Frederick Douglass are far from forgotten. For the last 30 years, the figure of Frederick Douglass has been a textbook staple. Every schoolchild can be presumed to have heard the dramatic story of the runaway slave become abolitionist...
Welfare Reform-Four Years Later
FOUR years ago this August, a Republican Congress pushed a reluctant President Clinton to sign a bill that ended welfare as we had known it. But since the 1996 welfare-reform act expires on September 30, 2002, its eventual fate is not yet clear. Much...