ON-Lion Letter
"National Affairs is a new quarterly journal that aspires to help Americans think a little more clearly about the challenges of governing ourselves," its editor Yuval Levin writes in the inaugural issue.  "We will publish essays about public policy, society, culture, politics, and the world of ideas, with an eye to what a responsible and thoughtful American ought to know and to think about, and with a special concern for domestic policy and political economy, broadly understood."

The new National Affairs is modeled on The Public Interest, the highly influential journal founded in 1965 by Irving Kristol and others.  The Public Interest closed in 2005.  Levin is the Hertog Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC) in Washington, D.C.

The magazine, according to Levin's introduction of it, will have "the long form of the essay, and the long view of the quarterly, and all the more so because both run against the grain of our time."  It will have "a particular approach to public problems" "and a point of view, but not a party line.

"It will begin from confidence and pride in America, from a sense that our challenge is to build on our strengths to address our weaknesses, and from the conviction that chief among those strengths are our democratic capitalism, our ideals of liberty and equality under the law, and our roots in the longstanding traditions of the West," he continues.  "We will seek to cultivate an open-minded empiricism, a decent respect for the awesome complexity of life in society, and a healthy skepticism of the serene technocratic confidence that is too often the dominant flavor of social science and public policy.  And we will take politics seriously."

The inaugural issue, for example, features pieces by EPPC fellow James C. Capretta on "The New Middle Class Contract," University of Chicago business-school professor Luigi Zingales on "Capitalism After the Crisis," the Brookings Institution's Ron Haskins on "Getting Ahead in America," and author Troy Senik on "Who Killed California?," among others.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports National Affairs.  Bradley also substantially supports EPPC.
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