The Public Interest

The Public Interest

"The Public Interest" was a quarterly conservative politics and culture journal founded by Irving Kristol in 1965. It was a leading journal on politics and culture, aimed at a readership of journalists, scholars, and policy makers. Its focus has at various times settled on the fate of social security, the character of Generation X, crime and punishment, love and courtship, the culture wars, the tax wars, the state of the underclass, the salaries of the overclass.

The magazine published such prominent writers as James Q. Wilson, Charles Murray, Martin Feldstein, Leon Kass, Irwin M. Stelzer, Daniel P. Moynihan, Nathan Glazer, Glenn C. Loury, Stephan Thernstrom, Abigail Thernstrom, Francis Fukuyama, and David Brooks.

Its final issue was printed April 25 2005 after 40 years of being in print. Towards the end its readership had declined significantly, most likely because demand for quarterlies had fallen as the pace of news and information technology had increased. Irving wrote on the history of the journal in his article "Forty Good Years".cite journal |url=,pubID.22580/pub_detail.asp |title=Forty Good Years |first=Irving |last=Kristol |authorlink=Irving Kristol |publisher=The Public Interest |date=2005-5-25 |accessdate=2008-09-17]

Its senior editors were Irving Kristol and Nathan Glazer. Its publication committee included Francis Fukuyama, Charles Krauthammer, William Kristol, Charles Murray, and George F. Will.

ee also

*Irving Kristol
*National Affairs, Inc.


External links

* [ Charles Krauthammer writes on "The Public Interest's" folding] in the "Washington Post"

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