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The Beholden State: California’s Lost Promise

June 16th, 2013 - 9:58 am

The Beholden State: California’s Lost Promise and How to Recapture It is now officially published and available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble and all the rest. This is a collection of writings on California’s troubles from my friends at the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal and includes excellent essays by the great Victor Davis Hanson, Steven Malanga, Joel Kotkin, Heather Mac Donald and others. Among those others is me, (or I), with my essay on the movies, “The Lost Art of War.”

But while I’m delighted to be included in the book, the thing I really love about City Journal is that the writers and thinkers there are not concerned with party politics, but only with what works. They’ll support Democrats or Republicans, as long as they come up with real solutions to problems — and solutions that don’t compromise American principles of freedom. Also, they’re really good writers and thinkers.

Take a look at the book — and take a look at the journal itself too. Both provide unique takes on issues that are too often obscured by emotion and rhetoric.

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When I read, "[T]he thing I really love about City Journal is that the writers and thinkers there are not concerned with party politics, but only with what works.", my Jonah Goldberg alarm went off.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbKoA06MbjM

Your next sentence saved the paragraph, as you acknowledge the ideology of the writers: "... American principles of freedom"

From my view, that ideological (not partisan) foundation makes the excellent writing of City Journal so appealing.

Keep up the good work. We need more K on C.

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