The Public Interest

Public Interest is a magazine specializing in Politics topics.

Articles from Summer

Making School Reform Work
ACCOUNTABILITY may be the hottest word in primary and secondary education nowadays, but it is a recent arrival on the scene. As long as we trusted the existing public school system to do a satisfactory job of educating children, accountability was...
Mr. Jefferson's University Breaks Up
THE University of Virginia is surely the most architecturally renowned campus in the country. Among Virginians, it is reverentially referred to as "Mr. Jefferson's university," and indeed that polymath president had a major hand in designing what...
The Death and Life of America's Cities
IN the wake of the events of September 11, American cities are basking in the reflected glory of New York and its courageous mayor, Rudolph Giuliani. Giuliani's ascent to the status of a national hero, "America's mayor," has eclipsed not only his...
The Forgotten T.R. (Reconsiderations)
EXACTLY 100 years after he became, at the age of 42, the youngest man ever to be sworn in as president of the United States, interest in Theodore Roosevelt is experiencing an unprecedented revival. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich loves...
The Problem with Polling
WOULDN'T it be wonderful to live life unencumbered by the laws of economics? Consumers could set their own prices, both guns and butter would be plentiful, and risk would have been banished like some ancient disease. This hope is obviously utopian,...
The Survival of Moral Federalism
IN his recently released book The Implosion of American Federalism, law professor Robert Nagel openly states what many conservatives have long suspected: American federalism is dead, or at least doomed to irrelevance. The era of small government...
Where Have All the Nurses Gone?
THE nursing shortage in the United States has turned into a full-blown crisis. Because fewer young people go into nursing, one-third of registered nurses in the United States are now over 50 years of age, and that proportion is expected to rise...