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This is an exciting time.
Some find it daunting, and understandably so. Political (and cultural) polarization destabilizes our society. Twitter mobs engage in cyber-lynchings. Political rhetoric is shamefully crude and aggressive. Many wring their hands and urge a return to the old consensus.
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At First Things we think differently. For two generations our society has undertaken a program of cultural deregulation. Even today, as tens of thousands die of drug overdoses, political leaders in many states champion the legalization of marijuana. As #MeToo and other movements indicate our society’s sexual culture is profoundly dysfunctional, no public leader lifts a finger to limit pornography. Professors at fancy law schools think nothing of casting religious believers as latter-day manifestations of the KKK.
That's the old consensus at work. Which is why First Things is not remotely interested in returning to it. We are determined to host a serious conversation about how to renew the moral foundations of our society. That means having the courage to challenge the old establishment views. And it means accepting responsibility for the positions we take. First Things wants to contribute to a new consensus, not...
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