Breaking Down “Breaking Bad”

Published August 15, 2013

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Criminal Elements

The hit television series Breaking Bad has just begun its final set of eight episodes. In an essay for EPPC’s New Atlantis journal, EPPC Resident Scholar James Bowman explores the show as a tale of an Enlightenment figure whose confrontation with mortality thrusts him into a world of pre-Enlightenment values.

Whether you’re a Breaking Bad obsessive or you’ve never seen a single episode, Mr. Bowman’s essay offers an illuminating look at an issue whose significance extends far beyond the small screen. Read more>>

EPPC Welcomes Newest Senior Fellow, Henry Olsen

EPPC is pleased to welcome Henry Olsen as its newest senior fellow. Mr. Olsen’s work at EPPC will focus on how to address, consistent with conservative principles, the electoral challenges facing modern American conservatism.

“Henry is an experienced leader in the conservative policy world, and a wonderfully insightful and creative thinker and writer,” said EPPC President Ed Whelan.

“I’m delighted to join the fabulous team at EPPC, whose scholars and experts have long set the standard for serious, principled scholarship,” said Mr. Olsen.

The work of the Ethics and Public Policy Center is made possible by the generosity of our donors. To support EPPC, click here.


The Country Party

Our two political parties “have tended to break down along a double axis of populism and elitism,” observes EPPC Hertog Fellow Yuval Levin. “Republicans could and should offer the public a responsible, pro-growth, pro-market, economic populism.” Read more>>

On Really Not Getting It

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel takes the Washington Post to task for obfuscations that evince “deep confusions” about the moral horror of abortion. Read more>>

Is Democracy Overrated?

According to EPPC Senior Fellow Roger Scruton, the championship of democracy as a settled feature of Western foreign policy is “based on a disregard of historical and cultural conditions, and a failure to see that democracy is only made possible by other and more deeply hidden institutions.” Read more>>

Does Faith Make You Healthier?

Religious believers should be wary of celebrating social-science findings that associate religiosity with health and well-being, warns Ari Schulman, executive editor of EPPC’s New Atlantis journal, in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. Read more>>

The Soft Underbelly of Obamacare

In a house editorial for the Weekly Standard, EPPC Senior Fellow James C. Capretta and EPPC Hertog Fellow Yuval Levin argue that the individual mandate is simultaneously the “most vulnerable and most important element” of Obamacare, and thus the ground that Obamacare’s opponents should attack. Read more>> | Listen to a radio interview with James C. Capretta>>

Regionalism: Obama’s Quiet Anti-Suburban Revolution

EPPC Senior Fellow Stanley Kurtz exposes the “regionalist” planning agenda that the Obama administration is quietly pushing in communities across the country—a “politically explosive” approach that deserves a broader debate. Read more>>

Family and Faith: A Two-Way Street

In an interview about her new book How the West Really Lost God, EPPC Senior Fellow Mary Eberstadt discusses the “double helix” of family and faith. Read more>>

Why Tone in American Politics Matters

“Winsomeness, equanimity, and a moderate temperament”—especially from people with strong philosophical convictions—are what most voters look for in candidates, counsels EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner. Read more>>

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