Spring 2010

California in Crisis

The Beholden State.
Steven Malanga
How public-sector unions broke California
Don't Blame Proposition 13.
William Voegeli
Profligate spending, not property-tax reform, has put California in a hole.
The Silicon Lining.
Guy Sorman
California’s innovative high-tech firms keep creating wealth, but will bad state policies drive them out?
Beware the Muni-Bond Bubble.
Nicole Gelinas
Investors are kidding themselves if they think that states and cities can’t fail.
The Menace of Strategic Default.
Luigi Zingales
Homeowners who walk away from their mortgages undermine our financial system.
Bracing Brew.
Myron Magnet
Bring on the Tea Parties!
Can New York Clean Up the Testing Mess?.
Sol Stern
Two top education officials tackle rampant score inflation.
Preservation Follies.
Edward L. Glaeser
Excessive landmarking threatens to make Manhattan a refuge for the rich.
Brand New Green.
Peter W. Huber
A prominent environmentalist rethinks his worldview—up to a point.

Reclaiming Memory

A Hidden History of Evil.
Claire Berlinski
Why doesn’t anyone care about the unread Soviet archives?
When Germ Warfare Happened.
Judith Miller
Seventy years ago, Japan’s bio-attacks killed hundreds of thousands. The effects linger today.
The Varieties of Liberal Enthusiam.
Benjamin A. Plotinsky
The Left’s political zealotry increasingly resembles religious experience.

Urbanities

Exile in Dogpatch.
Stefan Kanfer
The curious neglect of cartoonist Al Capp
Mr. Mimic.
John H. McWhorter
The extraordinary gifts and fleeting legacy of Sammy Davis, Jr.

Soundings

Steven Malanga
A deathless program and its long record of failure
Cameron Abadi
German free marketeers turn to an innovative idea.
Tevi D. Troy
New York isn’t Felix and Oscar’s city any more.
Benjamin Villanti
New York, take note.
Christopher Clausen
America’s strange new retirement communities
Philippe Nemo
Can the Continent survive the EU’s expansion?
Alain de Botton
Our minds need to go on a diet.
Mark Riebling
How the framers coined a phrase as they created a nation
Nicole Gelinas
Mitch Landrieu sees a problem that city government can fix.

Departments

Oh, to be in England
Symphony Deformed.
Theodore Dalrymple
Misguided compassion hurts the poor.
Diarist
John V. Fleming