Magazines: Center of Gravity

On the sunny slopes above Santa Barbara, Calif., stands Robert M. Hutchins' Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions. In placid isolation from everyday bustle, some 25 Fellows of the Center and their guests daily discuss the state of the world and issue occasional position papers. Those papers often display a doctrinaire devotion to such ill-fated causes as the Center's second Pacem in Terris conference.

So when the Fellows decided to start a magazine last fall to reach a wider audience than is generally found at their home on Eucalyptus Hill, the...

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