Goodbye The Public Interest
In foreign policy, The Public Interest continued to be mute. But I and many of our writers could express our views in Commentary (which, in turn, gave birth to the Committee for the Free World, headed by the then-retired politician Donald Rumsfeld). Commentary was the third of the publications that, along with the Journal and The Public Interest, constituted what the Russians call a troika, a team of three horses pulling a carriage. It is astonishing to think that the combined efforts of these three publications (two with very modest circulations) should have been so consequential-or so it would seem today, to judge by the extraordinary interest displayed throughout the world in neoconservatism.It is very rare for a magazine to actually shape the terrain over which debate occurs. The Public Interest created the hills and vales of neo-conservative thought and, in doing so, created much of the landscape we currently inhabit. It will be missed.
irving kristol, the public interest