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By prospect   April 2005

No more Public InterestAmerica’s most influential social policy magazine, the Public Interest, is to close after 40 years. Founded by Democrat intellectuals, many of them ex-communists or Trotskyists, such as Daniel Bell, Nathan Glazer, Irving Kristol and Daniel Patrick Moynihan, it broke with the left over LBJ’s “war on poverty” in the late 1960s. Its writers stressed culture, character and morality, and were later seen as the original “neocons” in domestic policy—not of the left but not of the traditional right either. Ironically, the foreign policy neocons have come to be known for their idealistic social engineering, exactly what the…

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