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‘Let Facts Be Submitted to a Candid World’

In the new issue of National Affairs.

5:15 AM, Jul 3, 2011 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
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You've reread the Declaration of Independence. You've once again enjoyed Jefferson's extraordinary 50th anniversary letter of June 24, 1826, addressed to Roger Weightman. But you're up for still more reading this weekend, and you think you wouldn't mind something that deals seriously—but also in a lively way—with the current problems of the nation founded by the Declaration 235 years ago. After all, the Declaration itself, by submitting facts to a candid world in order to justify the claim of independence, implies that self-government depends on argument and reflection, not just willful or arbitrary choice.

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Well, take a look at the new summer 2011 issue of National Affairs. Reflect on the facts and arguments presented to a candid world by our colleagues Fred Barnes ("Lessons from Canada") and Jay Cost ("The Party of the Full Dinner Pail"). Consider what Arnold Kling and Nick Schulz have to say about "The New Commanding Heights," and the implications of their piece for how we should think about the challenges we face in political economy. And there's much more, all of the high quality we've come to expect from this truly high quality journal.

What? You don't subscribe yet? Give yourself a 4th of July present. Thanks to National Affairs, "all eyes are opened, or opening" to the principles of sounds public policy. Yours should too.

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