For those of you who aren’t into journals, the Public Interest is a great start on getting hooked. I started reading this a few months back and really enjoyed it. It’s a quadrennial publication, so don’t worry about spending US$10. The following are a few of their articles that are posted online. Enjoy!

The Death and Life of America’s Cities

By Fred Siegel

During the 1990s, reform-minded mayors took the helm at major cities across the United States. These mayors lowered taxes, introduced competition into city services, cracked down on crime, and focused on improving the quality of life. By now, most of the reformers have left office. Will their successors carry on in their spirit or retreat? Urban expert Fred Siegel investigates the next generation of mayors in New York, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and other American cities. Read article

The Forgotten T.R.

By Jean M. Yarbrough

Teddy Roosevelt is back in fashion these days, especially among a group of maverick conservatives. Political theorist Jean M. Yarbrough asks us to take another look at Roosevelt to judge whether conservatives, and all Americans, should regard him as a model. Those who celebrate Roosevelt, Yarbrough argues, overlook the racialism and imperialism of his early politics and the demagogic and anti-constitutional language of his Progressive crusade. Read articles

Lipset’s Big Question

By Nathan Glazer

Throughout his distinguished career, political scientist Seymour Martin Lipset has been preoccupied by a single, great question: Why did socialism never rise to power in the United States? Nathan Glazer considers Lipset’s approaches to this question and argues that the answers are still relevant today. Read article

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