Jonathan Chait

Jonathan Chait is a senior editor at The New Republic and former assistant editor at The American Prospect. Has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Reason, and other publications.

Recent Articles

Books in Review:

Crashing the Party: How to Tell the Truth and Still Run for President

By Ralph Nader. Dunne Books, 400 pages, $14.95

Nader: Crusader, Spoiler, Icon

By Justin Martin. Perseus Publishing, 288 pages, $26.00

Nader: Influence for Good or Ill?

Dear Bob,

In stating that the Prospect invited me to review Nader's book, you're too kind. I actually invited myself, and I intended all along to use my review for a broader discussion of Nader. I don't believe the editors I worked with had any different impression.

The Contender?

Thanks to virtually simultaneous articles last month by Joshua Green in The Washington Monthly and Jonathan Chait in The New Republic, the notion that Republican Senator John McCain should join the Democrats and run for president in 2004 has been everywhere. Indeed, on Hardball host Chris Matthews recently asked McCain himself about the notion. The senator responded, "I am very entertained by that …."

Backfire on Campus

In their efforts to enforce multiculturalism, university administrators have unwittingly created a new breeding ground for conservative rebellion.

In 1964 the Free
Speech Movement was born on the Berkeley campus of the University
of California
after administrators declared the campus off-limits to most
organizing. The movement was a catalyst for the New Left, which
in its early
years drew much of its energy from protests against
infringements on student freedom.

Devil in the Details

Gingrich vs. Free Trade

House Speaker Newt Gingrich deserves creativity points for coming up with a new reason to oppose the minimum wage. Not only will it kill jobs, the Speaker told the Washington Post, but it could give Mexico a competitive advantage in some industries. It's a curious argument coming from a man who, when campaigning for NAFTA, argued that Mexico's lower wages would not give it a competitive advantage. Perhaps what he really meant was that Mexico would not gain an advantage as long as American wages continued to fall.