Magazine January 27, 2014, Issue

The College Trap

Our higher-education system hurts the poor

A few years ago, a friend learned that a mutual acquaintance had accepted a job with an elite D.C. law firm, at a starting salary of $160,000. She turned pre-law almost overnight. Because I was thinking about law school myself, I knew that those high-paying jobs were vanishing for all but the luckiest graduates. My friend was undeterred: She took an extra year of classes to raise her GPA for the applications (incurring thousands in debt in the process) and crammed for the law-school admissions test. It was an admirable effort. But eventually the reality of the employment market set

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Politics & Policy

Which Gender Gap?

Just over a century ago, a small number of states, led by Massachusetts, established minimum wages, a policy experiment that reverberates to this day. What is striking about these early ...

Features

Politics & Policy

Green Drought

San Joaquin Valley, Calif. — “We have the greatest factory anywhere on earth,” Harris Farms’ executive vice president, William Bourdeau, tells me, as our car bumps rapidly along the dirty, ...
Politics & Policy

A New Health Safety Net

Are conservatives ready to think about health care independently of Obamacare? Because even if the Affordable Care Act achieves its goals, American health care will remain extraordinarily expensive, incomprehensibly complex, ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Generation of a Voice

In Her, the fourth film from the self-consciously idiosyncratic director Spike Jonze, the artificial-intelligence revolution finally arrives — and instead of rapturing humanity into a Singularity or wiping us out ...

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Politics & Policy

Letters

The Vanishing Appalachians My only beef with Kevin Williamson’s moving Appalachian elegy (“Left Behind,” December 16) is the treatment of the coal industry, which he just briefly describes as a “bulwark ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ The de Blasio administration is just aiming for a zero net impact on the city’s quantity of horse****. ‐ The revelations in the new Robert Gates memoir, Duty, may be ...
Athwart

Economics for Dummies

Perfectly timed for the first week of legal pot sales in Colorado, Rolling Stone published a manifesto called “Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For.” You could take it ...
The Long View

News from 2014

From the Washington Post, February 14, 2014: “Clintons to Renew Marriage Vows on Valentine’s Day” Citing a renewed and deeply felt commitment and joy in their long — and, some say, turbulent ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

A PASSING BREEZE Boats on the lake sang hymns of distant hum; Homage to warm winds, as the radiant fall Raised up its descant, muted, almost dumb, But yet precise. A melancholy call In minor key, ...
Happy Warrior

In to Win

America is a land of acronyms, and, useful as they are, acronyms can quickly curdle into jargon. SLAPP stands for “strategic lawsuit against public participation” — i.e., using legal action ...

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