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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...

To commemorate Commentary’s sixtieth anniversary, and in an effort to advance discussion of the present American position in the world, the editors addressed the following...

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...