Vol.
9
No.
37
March 1998

Features

  • Are U.S. Students Behind?

    Gerald Bracey

    The conventional wisdom is that American students perform woefully compared to their foreign peers. Not so: America's kids stack up far better than the critics allow. But there is much to learn from experience abroad about improving our schools.

  • The Buses Don't Stop Here Anymore

    Joshua Mason

    All over the country, public transit systems are losing ridership. As Chicago's story makes clear, the real source of the problem is the sprawling and balkanized shape of America's metropolises.

  • Why Liberalism Fled the City ... And How It Might Come Back

    Harold Meyerson

    The strongholds of municipal liberalism are gone; the coalition of immigrants, unionists, poor people, and neighborhoods has been replaced by alliances between tough-on-crime Republican mayors and organized business. But the seeds of a revival are there.

  • March of Folly:

    Douglas Massey

    Supposedly, NAFTA will lead to increased movement of goods and services between Mexico and the United States -- but not to more movement of people. That, however, reflects a fundamentally mistaken view of migration. A better understanding should reframe our entire immigration policy.

  • Controversy: Should Buckley Be Overturned?

    Andrew Shapiro

    Continuing the debate from "Watch What You Wish For: The Perils of Reversing Buckley v. Valeo," by Alan B. Morrison (January-February 1998)

  • Of Our Time: Globalism Bites Back

    Robert Kuttner

  • Devil in the Details

    Sylvia Weedman

  • State of the Debate: The Other American Dilemma

    Michael Kazin

    Anthony Lukas's last book is a powerful tale of what used to be "class warfare" in America -- and a lesson about why so many people have had a hard time telling that story.

  • Behind the Numbers: The Real Electorate

    Ruy Teixeira

    New census data about who voted in 1996 paint a very different picture than did the initial reports from exit polls.

  • Essay: The God of the Digerati

    Jedediah Purdy

    Wired magazine says with new technology we'll all be like gods and should get good at it. That apparently means feeling no restraint -- if something looks good, do it, buy it, invent it, become it. Where have we heard this before?

  • The Wrong Enemy

    Jay Mandle

    Some liberals worry that trade with low-wage countries will depress American wages. But globalization not only helps lift Third World people out of poverty; it also benefits American consumers and workers. Instead of pursuing protectionism, domestic policies should assure that the benefits of trade are equitably shared.

  • Labor's Stake in the WTO

    Howard Wachtel

    Before the WTO was founded in 1995, labor supporters lobbied hard against it. But now, the WTO may be the last, best hope for arresting global erosion of labor rights.

  • The IMF and The Asian Flu

    Jeffrey Sachs

    The International Monetary Fund casts itself as valiant superhero, swooping in to rescue troubled countries from self-inflicted financial disaster. In fact, the demands for austerity it has recently imposed on fundamentally sound economies in Asia and elsewhere have made their problems much worse.

  • New Page, Old Lesson

    Peter Schrag

    A few years ago educational standards and national testing seemed on their way. But the push for standards has set off predictable reactions from different quarters. Ironically, testing now may be downgraded in importance.