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Tuesday, March 08, 2005

The Public Interest, RIP

Memorial of St. John of God

David Brooks marks the passing (NYT free reg. req'd) of this once influential magazine. His obituary includes the following re the engine of history:

It occurred to several of the [magazine's] editors that they had accepted a simplistic view of human nature. They had thought of humans as economically motivated rational actors, who would respond in relatively straightforward ways to incentives. In fact, what really matters, they decided, is culture, ethos, character and morality.

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