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December 2007

Theodore Dalrymple
Separation Anxiety | Divorcees are bad for the environment. Do environmentalists care?
December 27, 2007

Steven Malanga
Health-Care Reform, New York Style | Empty hospital beds, resistance to downsizing, and ever-rising costs
December 20, 2007

Nicole Gelinas
The Best Disinfectant | Project Sunlight, a voter-information website with great promise
December 19, 2007

Steven Malanga
No Capital Punishment, Says Jersey | Condemning the state to death is another matter.
December 11, 2007

Fred Siegel
A New York-Centric Presidential Election | Rudy vs. Hillary would nationalize the city’s local political battles.
December 7, 2007

Charles Upton Sahm
Lessons for Mexico in Brazil’s Boom | In the energy sector, open markets work.
December 5, 2007

Nicole Gelinas
Henry Paulson’s Mortgage Mulligan | A new subprime debacle
December 3, 2007

November 2007

Bruce S. Thornton
Epistle to the Muslims | Christian leaders abase themselves before Islam.
November 27, 2007

Stefan Kanfer
The Last Word on Broadway | The stagehands’ strike is about protecting featherbedding.
November 26, 2007

Bruce S. Thornton
Ideology Trumps Truth on Campus | The doors are open for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but closed for Larry Summers.
November 21, 2007

Theodore Dalrymple
No Security | Britain is failing in its most basic duty to its citizens.
November 20, 2007

Steven Malanga
What the Driver’s License Debate Ignored | Governor Spitzer’s plan was another incentive for illegal behavior.
November 19, 2007

Sol Stern
The NAEP Doesn’t Lie | The “nation’s report card” shows little or no improvement in New York City schools.
November 15, 2007

Adam D. Thierer
Media Deregulation Is Dead | The FCC’s toothless reforms are a victory for the status quo.
November 15, 2007

Fred Siegel
Not-So-Macho Mailer | My showdown with the literary tough guy
November 14, 2007

Howard Husock
Sin of Omission | Charles Rangel’s tax proposal ignores a marriage penalty for the poor.
November 13, 2007

Diana Schaub
What Montesquieu Would Say About “Saggin’” | Manners and mores are shaped by example, not law.
November 9, 2007

Nicole Gelinas
Super SIV to the Rescue? | The banks’ second thoughts on securitizations may signal a long credit crunch.
November 8, 2007

James Kirchick
The Anti-Neocon Fervor | Parsing the new political discourse
November 6, 2007

Theodore Dalrymple
The Problem With Leniency | France’s early release of Bernard Cantat sends the wrong message.
November 6, 2007

Sol Stern
Debate, Don’t Demonize | Why is the Bloomberg administration trying to discredit Diane Ravitch?
November 1, 2007

October 2007

David Gratzer
Malignant Rumor | On cancer survival rates, Rudy’s right and his critics are wrong.
October 31, 2007

Nicole Gelinas
San Diego Saints | California’s wildfire response took a page from Houston’s playbook, not New Orleans’s.
October 30, 2007

Paul Howard
The Health of Nations | America’s health outcomes compare favorably to Canada’s, a new study shows.
October 29, 2007

Nidra Poller
Law and Order in Sarkozy’s France | Scorned by the media, the new president enjoys wide popular support.
October 23, 2007

Michael Knox Beran
How Lincoln Saved the World | Only a free America could have fought for global freedom.
October 23, 2007

Theodore Dalrymple
Crime and Elite Stupidity | For the French paper of record, criminals are the real victims.
October 19, 2007

David Horowitz, Jacob Laksin
Radical U. | Welcome to UC Santa Cruz, the worst school in America.
October 19, 2007

Adam D. Thierer
A Fairness Doctrine for the Internet | Brought to you by NARAL—and the Christian Coalition
October 18, 2007

Mark Riebling
Watching the Watchman | The CIA’s investigation of its own inspector general is perfectly legitimate.
October 17, 2007

Nicole Gelinas
Are Poor Students Worth More? | New York’s schools chancellor thinks so, but taxpayers may disagree.
October 16, 2007

Theodore Dalrymple
Cameras, Crooks, and Deterrence | Constant surveillance seems to have had little effect on Britain’s sky-high crime.
October 16, 2007

E. S. Savas
Breaking the Chinese Code | Welcome to the People’s Republic, land of “harmony” and “community.”
October 10, 2007

Walter Olson
Over the Edge | Hofstra Law School’s new guest lecturer on legal ethics: disbarred felon Lynne Stewart
October 5, 2007

Nicole Gelinas
Foul-Weather Friends | Congress knows its hurricane politics, if not its economics.
October 4, 2007

Adam D. Thierer
Long-Range Censors | We don’t need government regulations on in-flight programming.
October 3, 2007

Michael Knox Beran
Clarence Thomas, Created Equal | Liberal elites use the stigma of affirmative action to belittle a great justice.
October 2, 2007

Sol Stern
False Prophet | Who’s to blame for urban teacher flight: George W. Bush or Jonathan Kozol?
October 1, 2007

September 2007

Diane Ravitch
New York State Test Scores: Who to Believe? | National tests cast doubt on New York’s feel-good story.
September 28, 2007

Heather Mac Donald
The Jena Dodge | Demonstrators and the media avoid the stubborn truths of black social breakdown.
September 24, 2007

William J. Bratton, R. P. Eddy, George L. Kelling
The Blue Front Line in the War on Terror | For cops, crime fighting and counterterrorism go hand in hand.
September 20, 2007

Theodore Dalrymple
Islam, the Marxism of Our Time | Some troubling signs in Europe
September 17, 2007

Steven Malanga
The Road Out of Poverty | Welfare reform has lowered New York’s poverty rate, but rising illegitimacy threatens these gains.
September 12, 2007

Marc Epstein
Our Schools’ Cellular Plague | Mobile phones encourage theft and assault—but banning them in schools isn’t working.
September 12, 2007

Nicole Gelinas
Lower Manhattan’s Next Challenge | In an economic downturn, could downtown survive grabby politicians?
September 11, 2007

Stefan Kanfer
British Broadcast Cowardice | The BBC’s sad decline
September 10, 2007

Bruce S. Thornton
Fighting at a Disadvantage | Bad cultural habits plague the West in the War on Terror.
September 10, 2007

Adam D. Thierer
Who Killed TV’s “Family Hour”? | It’s not who you think.
September 7, 2007

Charles Upton Sahm
More Audacity, Please | On education, Barack Obama offers stirring rhetoric but tame proposals.
September 4, 2007

August 2007

Paul Beston
It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot | Ultimate fighting may be on its way to New York.
August 30, 2007

Steven Malanga
New Jersey’s Costly Immigrant Burden | Governor Corzine’s plan to hook more immigrants up to public benefits makes no sense.
August 29, 2007

Nicole Gelinas
The Most Dangerous City | Two years after Katrina, New Orleans desperately needs law and order.
August 28, 2007

Nicole Gelinas
Notes from the Underground | A company maintaining the Tube gets off the train early—and provides useful lessons for the U.S.
August 23, 2007

Judith Miller
The Ill Turn of the Native | How homegrown terrorists are born
August 21, 2007

Theodore Dalrymple
How Societies Commit Suicide | Scots and Italians surrender to Islam.
August 17, 2007

Steven Malanga
A Funding Solution for New York’s Roads and Bridges | Let the private sector step in.
August 9, 2007

Steven Malanga
City Without Fathers | Behind Newark’s epidemic violence are its thousands of fatherless children.
August 9, 2007

Nicole Gelinas
The Crumbling of America | Our precious infrastructure inheritance and how we’re squandering it
August 3, 2007

Adam D. Thierer
Rupert Murdoch, Meet Chicken Little | The sale of the Wall Street Journal isn’t the end of the world.
August 2, 2007

July 2007

Nicole Gelinas
John Edwards’s Tax Muddle | Under his plan, not only the rich would get soaked.
July 31, 2007

Judith Miller
A Conversation with Shimon Peres | Israel’s new president discusses his hopes for the future.
July 25, 2007

Joanne Jacobs
The Underdog Imperative | Win or lose, kids shouldn’t be shielded from competition.
July 25, 2007

Heather Mac Donald
Cop Killers in High Places | When newspapers and black leaders assault the police, small wonder that criminals follow suit.
July 19, 2007

Marc Epstein
Dumbing Down the Regents | This year’s American history exams are nearly flunk-proof.
July 18, 2007

Nicole Gelinas
DC’s Freddy Ferrer Tax | The spirit of New York’s failed mayoral candidate lives on in Washington.
July 17, 2007

Howard Husock
A Grand Tax-Code Bargain | How to boost poverty relief and cut taxes
July 13, 2007

Victor Davis Hanson
The New York Times Surrenders | A monument to defeatism on the editorial page
July 12, 2007

Lee Harris
Mad Scientists | The disturbing lessons of the Doctors’ Plot
July 11, 2007

Thomas W. Carroll
Fixing Education in Albany | Spitzer is off to a good start—but there’s lots more to do.
July 6, 2007

Steven Malanga
Our Broken Immigration Record | A history of violated promises has shattered the public’s trust.
July 5, 2007

Jonathan Butcher, Jay P. Greene, Brian Kisida
Four Score and Seven Manatees Ago | Why have we stopped naming schools after great public figures?
July 2, 2007

Bradley A. Smith
Campaign Finance Reform’s War on Political Freedom | An ongoing danger, despite two recent court victories
July 1, 2007

June 2007

Nicole Gelinas
NY’s Mini-Blackout Warning | The city’s physical infrastructure desperately needs renewal.
June 29, 2007

Nicole Gelinas
Rewriting Ground Zero’s Reality | Will New York’s heroic post-9/11 legacy permanently fracture into ugly accusations?
June 27, 2007

Fred Siegel
The Anti-Perot | Michael Bloomberg is no populist.
June 26, 2007

John Leo
Bowling With Our Own | Robert Putnam’s sobering new diversity research scares its author.
June 25, 2007

Nicole Gelinas
Patronizing the Poor | According to the Bloomberg administration, the poor won’t act in their own best interest unless they’re paid to do so.
June 21, 2007

Fred Siegel
Hope for Old Europe? | At last, some signs of resistance to Islamist radicals.
June 19, 2007

Kay S. Hymowitz
Father’s Day Without Fathers | A melancholy occasion for millions of American kids
June 15, 2007

Heather Mac Donald
Happy Father’s Day, Mom! | Hallmark cashes in on family breakdown.
June 15, 2007

John Leo
Let the Segregation Commence | Separatist graduations proliferate at UCLA.
June 13, 2007

Theodore Dalrymple
Avanti, Dr. Kevorkian! | There may be an overseas market for the doctor’s services.
June 12, 2007

Harry Stein
Charles Pickering Gets the Last Word | A maligned civil rights hero, the changing South, and the future of the courts
June 10, 2007

Nicole Gelinas
The Obstacle to Bloomberg’s Master Plan | It’s called the MTA.
June 8, 2007

Heather Mac Donald
The Republicans’ Hispanic Delusion | Amnesty is not just wrong in principle, it’s bad politics.
June 6, 2007

Marc Epstein
Sitting Out the Pledge | In New York’s public schools, patriotism is passé.
June 4, 2007

John Leo
Taking a Flier on Free Speech | Hate-crime laws threaten the First Amendment.
June 4, 2007

May 2007

Nicole Gelinas
HillaryCare for Tots | Billions of dollars for kids—and for unions, of course
May 25, 2007

Heather Mac Donald
New York to the DOJ: Hands Off Our Fire Department | Firefighting is no place for racial politics.
May 23, 2007

John Leo
The Office of Assertion | Some thoughts on writing well
May 21, 2007

Steven Malanga
Skilled Immigrants at Last? | Flaws and all, the proposed bill could change immigration for the better.
May 18, 2007

Guy Sorman
A French Neoconservative? | Nicolas Sarkozy is France’s first anti-anti-American leader.
May 11, 2007

Sol Stern
Radical Math at the DOE | “Social justice” teachers propagandize while Chancellor Klein looks the other way.
May 11, 2007

Nicole Gelinas
Obama’s “Health Care for Hybrids” | A bad idea
May 9, 2007

Nidra Poller
Enfin, the French Elections’ Final Round | Heading into the home stretch, Sarkozy holds the lead.
May 2, 2007

April 2007

Adam D. Thierer
Should We Regulate Violent TV? | Sure—so long as parents do it, not the government.
April 30, 2007

Marc Epstein
Swimming with Barracudas | Violent students need to be expelled.
April 27, 2007

Nicole Gelinas
The Other Green in Bloomberg’s Plan | Money.
April 24, 2007

Kay S. Hymowitz
Why We Ignore Madmen | Privacy and antidiscrimination laws have meant paralysis in the face of the scarily insane.
April 21, 2007

Nicole Gelinas
Mass Murder, Martyrdom, and the Media | The Virginia Tech killer expertly manipulated NBC and its competitors.
April 19, 2007

Heather Mac Donald
Blair Breaks the Black Crime Taboo | Gangsta culture, not an unjust society, drives it, says the outgoing British prime minister.
April 12, 2007

Charles H. Brunie
My Friend, Milton Friedman | Reminiscences of a great man
April 11, 2007

Theodore Dalrymple
The British Way of Murder | Surveillance won’t guarantee good behavior.
April 9, 2007

Nicole Gelinas
How Not to Save the Middle Class | A new study offers “solutions” that will only make life costlier for New Yorkers.
April 6, 2007

Peter Meyer
Mr. Rivera Goes to Albany | Is Spitzer’s new education lieutenant a genuine reformer?
April 6, 2007

Paul Howard
Sickly States | Needless state mandates drive up health insurance costs for all.
April 5, 2007

John Leo
Holocaust Avoidance | British schools are jettisoning lessons to keep Muslims happy.
April 4, 2007

Heather Mac Donald
Time for the Truth About Black Crime Rates | The lessons of the Sean Bell case
April 2, 2007

March 2007

Nidra Poller
Whither France? | Reading the tea leaves for the presidential election
March 30, 2007

Heather Mac Donald
A Civil Solution | The narrow framework of criminal law doesn’t fit fatal police miscalculations.
March 27, 2007

Steven Malanga
The Priciest City | Under Mayor Bloomberg, New York’s tax gap widens.
March 27, 2007

Theodore Dalrymple
Leveling Britain | Mediocrity on the march
March 22, 2007

Sol Stern
Radical Equations | Marxist pedagogues are hard at work in New York’s public schools.
March 19, 2007

Nicole Gelinas
Congress to the Rescue? | A decidedly sub-prime idea for the housing market
March 16, 2007

Charles Upton Sahm
Leaders vs. Loonies | Latin America has more responsible presidents than the example of Hugo Chavez suggests.
March 15, 2007

Steven Malanga
Taking on Albany’s Gorillas | Spitzer fights back on health-care reform.
March 5, 2007

Heather Mac Donald
Eclipsing Beauty | Gerard Mortier threatens to “update” City Opera—with trendy nihilism.
March 1, 2007

February 2007

John Leo
Sins of Omission | Newspapers clam up about race, religion, and politics.
February 28, 2007

Nicole Gelinas
Don’t Knock Down New Orleans’s Projects | Just sell them off to middle-class homeowners.
February 23, 2007

Nicole Gelinas
The JetBlue Way | Flying the friendly skies—probably.
February 20, 2007

Steven Malanga
Steamrolled | Unlike his predecessor, Governor Spitzer loses his first Albany battle.
February 14, 2007

Heather Mac Donald
Harvard’s Faustian Bargain | America’s oldest university selects a dreadful president.
February 9, 2007

Nicole Gelinas
Spitzer’s Radical Medicaid Surgery? | It’s really a placebo, but you wouldn’t know it from union screaming.
February 8, 2007

Heather Mac Donald
Why Cops Stop and Frisk So Many Blacks | Blame high black crime, not police racism.
February 7, 2007

Theodore Dalrymple
Modern Predestination | The dangerous notion that misconduct is genetic
February 6, 2007

Theodore Dalrymple
The Cost of Frivolity | Is a national culture of pop, fashion, and gambling enough to resist our enemies?
February 1, 2007

January 2007

Philip Murphy
Brutalism Begone | Good riddance to Beantown’s City Hall.
January 31, 2007

Nicole Gelinas
Wall Street Worries | New York should heed (some of) McKinsey’s suggestions.
January 22, 2007

Theodore Dalrymple
Sensitivity Lesson | You better watch what you say in today’s Britain.
January 19, 2007

Heather Mac Donald
Blaming New York’s Finest | Gotham pols sacrifice the NYPD to racial politics.
January 17, 2007

Steven Malanga
Jersey Is Cratering | And Governor Corzine fiddles.
January 12, 2007

Theodore Dalrymple
Global Runaround | The modern world isn’t always more efficient.
January 6, 2007