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Archive of James Q. Wilson’s Writings

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We’ve freed up all of James Q. Wilson’s contributions to COMMENTARY. You will find the articles below, in reverse chronological order:

Optimistic or Pessimistic About America November 2011

Bowling with Others October 2007

How Divided Are We? February 2006

Defending and Advancing Freedom November 2005

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner July 2005

Islam and Freedom December 2004

Broken: The Troubled Past and Uncertain Future of the FBI by Richard Gid Powers October 2004

A Guide to Schwarzenegger Country December 2003

Has the Supreme Court Gone Too Far? October 2003

Mexifornia by Victor Davis Hanson September 2003

The Challenge of Crime by Henry Ruth and Kevin R. Reitz June 2003

The Right Man by David Frum March 2003

Sex and the Marriage Market March 2002

Schools, Vouchers, and the American Public by Terry M. Moe September 2001

The Fourth Great Awakening and the Future of Egalitarianism by Robert William Fogel June 2000

Democracy for All? March 2000

Dutch by Edmund Morris December 1999

In Paul Johnson’s America April 1998

America in Black and White by Stephan Thernstrom and Abigail Thernstrom January 1998

Race, Crime, and the Law by Randall Kennedy September 1997

Cars and Their Enemies July 1997

Against Homosexual Marriage March 1996

Reading Jurors’ Minds February 1996

What To Do About Crime September 1994

Tales of Virtue April 1994

On Abortion January 1994

What Is Moral, and How Do We Know It? June 1993

The Family-Values Debate April 1993

We Must Take Charge: Our Schools and Our Future, by Chester E. Finn, Jr. December 1991

The Politics of Rich and Poor, by Kevin Phillips October 1990

Against the Legalization of Drugs February 1990

At a Tender Age, by Rita Kramer July 1988

Reckless Disregard, by Renata Adler March 1987

Why Reagan Won and Stockman Lost August 1986

Common Ground, by J. Anthony Lukas January 1986

Thinking About Terrorism July 1981

Reagan and the Republican Revival October 1980

The White Album, by Joan Didion September 1979

American Politics, Then & Now February 1979

Criminal Violence, Criminal Justice, by Charles E. Silberman January 1979

Political Control of the Economy, by Edward R. Tufte December 1978

Buggings, Break-Ins & the FBI June 1978

Blind Ambition, by John Dean February 1977

Who is in Prison? November 1976

Can America Win the Next War?, by Drew Middleton February 1976

The Return of Heroin April 1975

Crime and the Criminologists July 1974

The American Condition, by Richard N. Goodwin May 1974

The Making of the President-1972, by Theodore H. White October 1973

A. Philip Randolph, by Jervis Anderson July 1973

The Kennedy Promise, by Henry Fairlie June 1973

The Intellectuals and the Powers and Other Essays, by Edward Shils January 1973

Liberalism versus Liberal Education June 1972

Liberalism and Purpose May 1972

Kennedy Justice, by Victor S. Navasky January 1972

Crime in America, by Ramsey Clark March 1971

Crime & the Liberal Audience January 1971

The Urban Mood October 1969

A Guide to Reagan Country: The Political Culture of Southern California May 1967

“The Flamboyant Mr. Powell” January 1966




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