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James Q. Wilson

James Q. Wilson

James Q. Wilson teaches at Pepperdine University and is the coauthor of American Government: Institutions and Policies (Wadsworth).

I think we are and should be in a war against Islamofascist terrorism; whether we call it World War IV is, to me, immaterial. It...

The following is from our November issue. Forty-one symposium contributors were asked to respond to the question: Are you optimistic or pessimistic about America’s future? _____________ Many...

In his celebrated book, Bowling Alone (2000), the political scientist Robert D. Putnam argued that America, and perhaps the Western world as a whole, has...

The 2004 election left our country deeply divided over whether our country is deeply divided. For some, America is indeed a polarized nation, perhaps more...

President Bush, in his September 2002 preface to The National Security Strategy of the United States, said that this country will act against emerging terrorist...

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner Morrow. 242 pp. $25.95 During my many years...

What are the prospects for the emergence of liberal societies in Muslim countries? Note my choice of words: “liberal,” not “democratic.” Democracy, defined as competitive...

Broken: The Troubled Past and Uncertain Future of the FBI by Richard Gid Powers Free Press. 492 pp. $30.00 In the wake of 9/11, and especially...

You already know the story: the incumbent governor of California runs out of money. Having spent the entire budget surplus accumulated by his predecessor, he...

A Symposium The case against the imperial judiciary has been a staple of conservative polemics since at least the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v....

Mexifornia: A State of Becoming by Victor Davis Hanson Encounter. 150 pp. $21.95 Immigration is changing the nation, and nowhere more rapidly than in California. My...

The Challenge of Crime: Rethinking Our Response by Henry Ruth and Kevin R. Reitz Harvard. 374 pp. $35.00 This book offers many sensible, thoughtful suggestions on...