The Public Interest

Public Interest is a magazine specializing in Politics topics.

Articles from Fall

Do We Need the Census Race Question?
A FEW years ago, asked to comment on the controversy over the demand of so-called multiracial advocacy groups for a "multiracial" category in the census, I made a brash and wildly unrealistic proposal. I will describe the proposal in a moment, ...
How the Terrorists Get In
IN the aftermath of September 11, a host of federal agencies have come under intense scrutiny. The Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Central Intelligence Agency have all been charged with responsibility...
Our Secularist Democratic Party
ANYONE who has followed American politics over the past decade cannot help but feel some concern about the supposed fundamentalist Christian threat to democratic civility, pluralism, and tolerance. At the very least, the attentive citizen would...
Politics after the Internet
IT is no longer in vogue, as it was just a few years ago, to gush breathlessly about politics in the age of the Internet. In the late 1990s, many commentators were convinced that a new day had dawned in the life of our republic. Some said direct...
The Lost Sense of Honor
HONOR, though it has been in bad shape for most of the last century, has never really gone away. What has more or less vanished out of our culture is much of the language of honor and shame that was familiar to our parents and grandparents, and...
The Three Faith Factors
How, if at all, does religion affect health and social welfare? Under what, if any, conditions does religion help to improve the lives of disadvantaged urban children and families, and how, if at all, can we foster those conditions? Is there any...