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The Spring Modern Age

I’m now editor of the distinguished conservative quarterly Modern Age. Here’s some of the content of my first issue, beginning with a fabulous essay by the Corner’s Yuval Levin.

You can also read my introductory attempt to articulate the journal’s “brand,” or distinctive niche, in the crowded market of quarterly publications.

Modern Age is a journal for liberal conservatives, although also a safe space for conservative liberals. The aim is to capture the wonderful diversity of genuinely countercultural thought and expression around today.

How do we stand on Trump? Well, the first issue is full of thinking about what being conservative means in what might be the era of Trump. But I bet you will have a very hard time figuring out how any of cast of leading (and relatively young) public intellectuals actually voted. Our purpose is to display the contemporary relevance of perennial questions and timeless truths, including those embedded in tradition. And when it comes to public policy and partisan politics, at least, the questions are often more obvious than the answers. So it’s much clearer how we stand on ideological dogmatism of all kinds, including the progressive faith that questions about our origin and destiny can be either answered or dismissed by History. Following Tocqueville and others, of course, we don’t mean to say that a free and virtuous people can dispense with dogma altogether.

If you want to know more, start reading my intro and keep moving. If you want to contribute, please contact me.

Peter Augustine Lawler — Peter Augustine Lawler is Dana Professor of Government at Berry College. He is executive editor of the acclaimed scholarly quarterly Perspectives on Political Science and served on President George ...

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