Epicurean Ethics in a World Without Magic

A Personal Credo, Part I

T. S. Eliot described himself as "classicist in literature, monarchist in politics and Anglo-Catholic in religion." Daniel Bell said that he was a socialist in economics, a liberal in politics and a conservative in culture. For what it is worth, I would describe myself as an Epicurean in ethics, a Lockean in politics, and a Listian in economics.

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Welcome to The Breakthrough

It is with great excitement that we today announce the launch of The Breakthrough, the new web site of Breakthrough Journal, the Breakthrough Institute, and all of our programs. We designed the site to provide visitors with a better understanding of who we are, what we believe, and what we do.

We hope you'll take a minute to read about our mission, our history, and our community of Senior Fellows, Fellows, Staff, and Authors.

We are especially excited to announce three new Breakthrough columnists:

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Where New Ideas Are Born

“The old is dying and the new cannot be born:  in the interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms will appear,” wrote the Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci.  “Morbid symptoms” is an apt description of the state of politics and public philosophy, at this crisis in American and world history.

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Rebuilding America’s Public Square

With three months to go, the 2012 election campaign, as FactCheck.org recently editorialized, can best be summed up “by the cavalier disregard for facts on both sides,” and by a “bitter and trivial” focus that fails to “engage the public in a fact-based discussion of the hard choices” that face the country.
Sadly, things are only likely to get worse.

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