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The Retro-cons

August 21, 1994|NINA J. EASTON


THE WALL STREET JOURNAL OPINION PAGES Conservatism's most influential voice. Hands down, no contest.

THE NEW REPUBLIC Why preach to the converted when you can have the other side eavesdrop, too?

THE WASHINGTON TIMES D.C.'s Moonie newspaper is the populist voice for conservatives.

THE POLICY REVIEW The Heritage Foundation's earnest guide to William Bennett's "spiritual acedia" and Michael Joyce's "new citizenship."

NATIONAL REVIEW Stodgy, but remains a standard-bearer.

AMERICAN SPECTATOR Lost credibility with mainstream press over Anita Hill and Clinton Troopergate exposes. To retro-cons, it's the hottest rag in town.

COMMENTARY AND THE PUBLIC INTEREST Where neocon Manhattanites lament the fall of modern man.

WHERE THEY THINK EMPOWER AMERICA William Bennett's big guns, big thoughts, not much action.

PROJECT FOR THE REPUBLICAN FUTURE William Kristol's big thoughts, short memos, lots of action.

THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION From their lips to Newt's ear: Reagan-era giant has powerful friends in Congress.

THE BRADLEY FOUNDATION Milwaukee home to Michael Joyce and his "new citizenship" ideas.

MANHATTAN INSTITUTE New York home for urbanites who'd rather save cities than abandon them.

THE INSTITUTE FOR AMERICAN VALUES Crusaders for restoring the role of fathers.

AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE Mostly old-line Republican but lately displaying some new-think on the social welfare front.

WHAT THEY READ The Federalist Papers "Democracy in America," Alexis de Toqueville "Centisimus Annus," Pope John's 1991 Encyclical "Modern Times," Paul Johnson "The Road to Serfdom," Friederich Hayek "Reflections on the Revolution in France, " Edmund Burke "Witness," Whittaker Chambers "The Closing of the American Mind," Allan Bloom "The Tragedy of American Compassion," Marvin Olasky "The Quest for Community: A Study in the Ethics of Order & Freedom," Robert Nisbet "The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism," Michael Novak "The Moral Sense," James Q. Wilson

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