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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).

The Public worries that criminal trials, especially those involving murderers, have been hamstrung by the introduction of a number of implausible new legal stratagems. These...

Few of the major problems facing American society today are entirely new, but in recent years most of them have either taken new forms or...

The success of William J. Bennett’s admirable anthology of moral tales, The Book of Virtues1—which has become a major best-seller—is both heartening and puzzling: heartening...

Abortion is a moral question. Most people, regardless of how they feel the question should be answered or who should do the answering, will agree...

Almost every important tendency in modern thought has questioned the possibility of making moral judgments. Analytical philosophy asserts that moral statements are expressions of emotion...

There are two views about the contemporary American family, one held by the public and the other by policy elites. In his presidential campaign, Bill...

Reforming the Schools We Must Take Charge: Our Schools and Our Future. by Chester E. Finn, Jr. The Free Press. 365 pp. $22.95. There are essentially three...

Just when you thought it safe to go into the water again . . . the malaise is back. Ronald Reagan was supposed to have...

In 1972, the President appointed me chairman of the National Advisory Council for Drug Abuse Prevention. Created by Congress, the Council was charged with providing...

Into the Abyss At a Tender Age: Violent Youth and Juvenile Justice. by Rita Kramer. Holt. 309 pp. $18.95. Rita Kramer takes you to the edge of...

Libel & the Media Reckless Disregard: Westmoreland v. CBS et al., Sharon V. Time. by Renata Adler. Knopf. 243 pp. $16.95. In two articles published last year...

Liberals and conservatives alike spend a lot of time wishing the United States did not have its present Constitution. Out of power, each group finds...