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

Let Them Eat Rates

Ever since George W. Bush announced that he subscribes to something called "compassionate conservatism," people have been trying to figure out just what this slogan really means. There are two broad possibilities. The first is that conservatism is inherently compassionate, in which case the adjective simply points out one of conservatism's lesser-known qualities.

Clinton's Bequest Reconsidered

Will Bill Clinton's brand of fiscal prudence save liberalism—or kill it? An economist and a journalist discuss the president's economic policies and the hidden dangers of fiscal conservatism.

Barry Bluestone on Fiscal

Conservatism's Hidden Dangers

Shoeless Joe Stiglitz

Joseph Stiglitz can't be a very popular figure within President Clinton's circle of power. When he first arrived in Washington in 1993 to join Clinton's Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), he had a persistent habit of saying what he thought instead of what he was supposed to think. After leaving that position to become chief economist and executive vice president at the World Bank, Stiglitz publicly challenged the International Monetary Fund's prescriptions for the Asian economic crisis, which embarrassed the White House economic team and shattered the usual unity of the two sister institutions. To the White House, Stiglitz is a loose cannon, thwarting its efforts to craft a coherent international economic policy under American auspices.

State of the Debate: Quayle Hunting

Dan and Marilyn Quayle send--uh, try to send--a message on family values.

Works Discussed
in this Essay:

Dan Quayle, The American Family: Discovering the Values that
Make Us Stay Strong
(HarperCollins, 1996).

Marilyn Tucker Quayle and Nancy Tucker Northcott, The Campaign
(HarperCollins, 1996).