Breakthrough Journal exists to modernize political thought for the 21st century. Founded shortly after the death of heterodox sociologist Daniel Bell, Breakthrough Journal embraces Bell's view that "A new public philosophy will have to be created in order that something we recognize as a liberal society may survive."
Sociologist Daniel Bell once characterized himself as "a socialist in economics, a liberal in politics, and a conservative in culture." It was in part because of his heterodox approach to life that Bell asked original questions and contributed original insights.
Situated at the intersection of modernization theory, pragmatism, and liberalism, Breakthrough Journal publishes long-form essays and short articles aimed at challenging conventional progressive and environmental wisdom in service of creating a relevant and powerful new politics.
Philosophically and methodologically, the Breakthrough Journal is situated in the traditions of modernization theory, political liberalism, pragmatism, and existentialism — traditions we are seeking to evolve. We publish expansive articles about the economy, the environment, politics, philosophy, and culture.