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December 2008

Harrison Scott Key
The Phosphorescent List | A modest invective against telling people what you want for Christmas
December 23, 2008

Thomas W. Carroll
Happy Birthday, Charter Schools | A ten-year-old law, mostly successful in New York
December 18, 2008

Walter Olson
Windows on the Future? | A radical union’s action in Chicago could be a sign of things to come.
December 17, 2008

Judith Miller
An NYPD/FBI Truce | Joseph Demarest’s arrival offers hope in a stubborn turf battle.
December 11, 2008

James Kirchick
Defending Joe | Setting the record straight on Lieberman’s Obama “smears”
December 8, 2008

Theodore Dalrymple
No Country for Young Children | More horrific tales of child abuse from Britain
December 4, 2008

Guy Sorman
The Mumbai Strategy | The terrorist atrocities in India point to a larger goal.
December 2, 2008

November 2008

Nicole Gelinas
A Tale of Two Paulsons | The free market is dead; long live the free market.
November 21, 2008

Theodore Dalrymple
Pot, Meet Kettle | Vulgarity is for rightists, say vulgarians on the left.
November 19, 2008

Brian C. Anderson
A True Humanist | Myron Magnet wins the National Humanities Medal.
November 17, 2008

Nicole Gelinas
Paulson Bails Out the Bailout | If at first it won’t succeed . . .
November 12, 2008

Paul Beston, Nicole Gelinas, Howard Husock, Stefan Kanfer, Heather Mac Donald, Judith Miller, Benjamin A. Plotinsky, Guy Sorman
Notes on the Election | City Journal writers reflect on Tuesday’s results and on the implications of an Obama presidency.
November 7, 2008

Nicole Gelinas
Bloomberg’s Missed Chance | The mayor should have asked the city’s biggest labor union for some concessions.
November 4, 2008

Daniel J. Flynn
The Ghosts in Grant Park | Obama plans a party where his radical friends once ran wild.
November 3, 2008

David Gratzer
ObamaCare | Would the candidate support a government-run health-care system?
November 2, 2008

October 2008

Paul Howard
McCain’s Competitive Advantage | Can his health-care plan win middle-class votes?
October 30, 2008

Howard Husock
The Financial Crisis and the CRA | A generation ago, the government began forcing banks to make bad loans.
October 30, 2008

Nicole Gelinas
Sheltering Speculation | How we could have contained the housing bubble
October 29, 2008

Katherine Ernst
The Audacity of Humility | Does Barack Obama have any? Does it matter?
October 28, 2008

Edward L. Glaeser
New York Needs Innovation | The financial crisis is an opportunity to reform business-stifling laws.
October 27, 2008

Lawrence J. McQuillan
Californians Voting with Their Feet | The state government’s stifling economic policies are worsening the downturn and driving citizens elsewhere.
October 23, 2008

Theodore Dalrymple
Protect the Burglars of Bromsgrove! | A British town puts thieves’ safety first.
October 20, 2008

Claire Berlinski
Here Come the Unions | Democrats prepare to follow Margaret Thatcher’s example—but backward.
October 17, 2008

David Gratzer
The Audacity of Distortion | Obama’s attacks on the McCain health-care plan are misleading.
October 15, 2008

Walter Olson
Forced to Be Civil? | Some seem to think criminalizing negative campaigning is a good idea.
October 15, 2008

Daniel J. Flynn, Steven Malanga, Sol Stern
The Acorn File | Background reading from City Journal’s writers
October 14, 2008

Heather Mac Donald
Gettin’ All Mavericky | Conservatives should not sacrifice standards for political advantage.
October 13, 2008

Steven Malanga
Term Limits and the Public Interest | Those seeking to change New York’s law seem to have self-interest in mind.
October 10, 2008

Nicole Gelinas
Senator Uncertainty | McCain’s mortgage proposal contradicts the Paulson plan he just endorsed.
October 10, 2008

John Leo
The Power of One | Liberal media transforms a single bigot at a Sarah Palin rally into a racist mob.
October 9, 2008

Heather Mac Donald
Honesty from the Left on Hispanic Immigration | A provocative new book doesn’t flinch from delivering the bad news.
October 8, 2008

Nicole Gelinas
A Better Bailout | The feds are finally shoring up the foundation of the credit markets.
October 7, 2008

Sol Stern
The Bomber as School Reformer | The press—and debate moderators—shouldn’t let Bill Ayers and Barack Obama off the hook.
October 6, 2008

John P. Avlon
Let Voters Decide on a Bloomberg Third Term . . . | . . . not the New York Times.
October 2, 2008

Sol Stern
The Late, Great New York Sun | For over six years, the paper defended liberty and supported culture.
October 1, 2008

John P. Avlon, Nicole Gelinas, Howard Husock, Steven Malanga
Wall Street Explodes | Background reading from City Journal’s writers
October 1, 2008

September 2008

Steven Malanga
Why Economists Object to the Bailout Plan | A group of distinguished economists urges Washington to slow down.
September 26, 2008

Nicole Gelinas
Five Questions About the Bailout . . . | . . . if Congress hasn’t passed it by the time you read this.
September 26, 2008

Nicole Gelinas
Mark-to-Market Isn’t to Blame | Blaming fair-value accounting for banking misadventures is like criticizing the newspaper for reporting a murder.
September 25, 2008

Heather Mac Donald
Anti-Elitism Goes Too Far | Sarah Palin’s defenders shouldn’t mock the value of learning.
September 25, 2008

John P. Avlon
Questioning King Henry | The rush to pass the government’s bailout plan will cause more problems than it will solve.
September 23, 2008

Heather Mac Donald
Greed Is for Other People | And other people’s money is very handy for “homeless” advocates and their clients.
September 22, 2008

Nicole Gelinas
Throwing Bad Debt After Bad—Again! | Incredibly, Congress still wants to make dangerous loans.
September 18, 2008

Justin Torres
Kwame Kilpatrick: Scourge of Detroit | The Motor City’s train wreck of a mayor finally steps aside—for now.
September 14, 2008

Charles Upton Sahm
The Democrats’ Education Divide | What side is Barack Obama on?
September 12, 2008

Nicole Gelinas
Going for Broke | In bailing out Fannie and Freddie, the feds up the ante on a bet that they may not be able to cover.
September 11, 2008

John P. Avlon
A Conspiracy of Crackpots | On the trail of the 9/11 Truthers
September 10, 2008

Kay S. Hymowitz
Red-State Feminism | Beware of underestimating Palinsanity.
September 8, 2008

Lisa Schiffren
Why Palin’s Speech Worked | A former vice-presidential speechwriter breaks it down.
September 4, 2008

Justin Torres
Some Jazz at Last | Three years later, Katrina’s final victims are laid to rest.
September 3, 2008

Sol Stern
Buyer’s Remorse on Mayoral Control | As the school year begins, some crucial reforms are needed for the expiring legislation.
September 2, 2008

August 2008

Lisa Schiffren
The Fighter Pilot and the Moose Hunter | McCain’s V.P. pick has electrified the base—for good reason.
August 31, 2008

Heather Mac Donald
Sarah Palin (R-Diversity) | Republicans betray their principles by playing identity politics.
August 30, 2008

Harry Stein
The Anti-Barbara Boxer | Plain-spoken, gun-toting Sarah Palin is the antithesis of the liberal woman politician.
August 30, 2008

Harry Stein
The Racism Card | If Obama loses the election, it won’t be because of bigotry.
August 29, 2008

Heather Mac Donald
I Do Solemnly Swear to Parade My Family . . . | Political conventions childishly conflate the personal with the political.
August 28, 2008

Nicole Gelinas
Katrina, Three Years Later | Surrounded by both progress and despair, New Orleanians soldier on.
August 28, 2008

Daniel J. Flynn
Overrate ’68 | Why is the Left glorying in its worst hour?
August 26, 2008

Michael J. Totten
Report from Tbilisi | Fleeing Russian brutality, Georgians look to the West for support.
August 20, 2008

Steven Malanga
New Jersey’s Ruin | The state’s leaders seem determined to drive it off a cliff.
August 19, 2008

Herbert London
How to Account for the United Nations? | It doesn’t pay to keep the UN in New York.
August 14, 2008

Theodore Dalrymple
Seer of Evil | Alexander Solzhenitsyn rendered illusion not just stupid, but wicked.
August 13, 2008

Nicole Gelinas
Andrew Cuomo’s Civil Approach | Where Eliot Spitzer produced headlines, the new AG produces results.
August 12, 2008

Nicholas Wapshott
Obama’s Preemptive Indignation | For a postracial candidate, he sure takes offense easily.
August 8, 2008

Guy Sorman
How Beijing Stole the Games | Revenge and power motivate the Communist leadership.
August 6, 2008

Paul Howard
Hooray for Blockbuster Drugs | Their first era has revolutionized health care, and their second promises even more.
August 1, 2008

July 2008

Heather Mac Donald
Math Is Harder for Girls | . . . and also, it seems, for the New York Times.
July 28, 2008

Nicholas Wapshott
Obama’s Ego Trip | Will the candidate’s European progress backfire?
July 24, 2008

Marc Epstein
The Regents, Stuck on Stupid | New York’s statewide exams get a little dumber every year.
July 23, 2008

Theodore Dalrymple
La Cité, C’est Moi | Vainglorious French architects set out to destroy Paris.
July 22, 2008

Nicole Gelinas
America, Too Big to Fail . . . Probably | The feds can bail out Fannie and Freddie, but who will bail out the feds?
July 16, 2008

Kevin Donnelly
Schools Down Under | Australian education-policy questions should sound familiar to Americans.
July 15, 2008

Theodore Dalrymple
Grading on a Curse | British students get marks for obscenity.
July 11, 2008

Nicholas Wapshott
Cameron’s Compromised Conservatism | Will the Tories bring bigger government to Britain?
July 9, 2008

André Glucksmann
An Iconoclastic Icon | Ingrid Betancourt said no to slavery, even at the risk of death.
July 8, 2008

Steven Malanga
Ed Koch’s Quixotic Quest | The former mayor proposes a third party in New York.
July 7, 2008

Nicole Gelinas
New Twin Towers? | It may not be too late.
July 6, 2008

Heather Mac Donald
There Go the Neighborhoods | Even million-dollar housing vouchers bring crime to the suburbs.
July 2, 2008

Heather Mac Donald
Grill Power | Elitist feminism and the New York Times
July 1, 2008

June 2008

Nicole Gelinas
Tangled Power Lines | It’s time Con Ed had a long-term capital improvement plan.
June 30, 2008

Daniel J. Flynn
Obama’s Boys of Summer | A Who’s Who of 1968 radicals supports the candidate.
June 29, 2008

Sol Stern
New York’s Lake Wobegon Effect | The state’s rosy test scores don’t square with reality.
June 26, 2008

Kay S. Hymowitz
Gloucester Girls Gone Wild | Why they did it
June 23, 2008

Theodore Dalrymple
Europe’s Unhappy Union | Political elites continue to push unification against their constituents’ wishes.
June 18, 2008

Guy Sorman
The Revolution Will Be Digitalized | Why I love my Kindle
June 13, 2008

Theodore Dalrymple
An “Essential Quality” | A French court recognizes virginity—or lack thereof—as grounds for annulment.
June 5, 2008

Judith Miller
Obamamania in Damascus | Syrians like the candidate’s approach to diplomacy.
June 3, 2008

May 2008

Nidra Poller
Spoiled for a Fight | Parisian squatters versus the nanny state
May 30, 2008

Daniel Freedman
Red-Faced Devils | Manchester United fans owe a thank-you—and an apology—to Malcolm Glazer.
May 28, 2008

Thomas P. Stossel
Lifesaving Salesmen | Despite a current fad, medical companies should keep talking to doctors.
May 27, 2008

John Leo
Girl Crazy | A new report papers over the growing education gap between the sexes.
May 23, 2008

Nicole Gelinas
Leave Jindal Alone! | If John McCain wants to help Louisiana, he should let its governor stay there.
May 22, 2008

Adam D. Thierer
Congress Fiddles, Newspapers Burn | The Senate scorns media-ownership reform.
May 20, 2008

Sol Stern
Reading First Still Works | What’s flawed is the new federal study on it.
May 19, 2008

Nicole Gelinas
Matters of Trust | What’s wrong with giving homeowners a New York–style bailout
May 14, 2008

Paul Beston
Belles and Tolls | Horse racing, like art and life, comes with tragedy built-in.
May 9, 2008

Steven Malanga
Change That Kids Could Believe In | Barack Obama should address the crippling trend of out-of-wedlock births.
May 8, 2008

Jerry Weinberger
The Skies Are Still Friendly | . . . but a trial for the pitiable first-class passenger.
May 6, 2008

Judith Miller
Anti-Jihad U. | Bringing insurgents in from the cold
May 2, 2008

André Glucksmann
Olympic Crossroads | It’s time for Western democracies to put pressure on Beijing.
May 1, 2008

April 2008

John M. Murtagh
Fire in the Night | The Weathermen tried to kill my family.
April 30, 2008

Nicole Gelinas
A Safe Haven for Investors | American regulations protect account holders from around the world; will policymakers thwart them?
April 29, 2008

Heather Mac Donald
Poisonous “Authenticity” | Jeremiah Wright draws on a long line of Afrocentric charlatans.
April 29, 2008

Kay S. Hymowitz
Sexism Isn’t Holding Hillary Back | If anything, being a woman is helping her.
April 28, 2008

Kimberly Hendrickson
Common Ground in New Orleans | Where Left and Right can agree, courtesy of the Mercatus Center
April 24, 2008

Sol Stern
Obama’s Real Bill Ayers Problem | The ex-Weatherman is now a radical educator with influence.
April 23, 2008

Steven Malanga
Doing Well Off Do-Gooders | New York politicians continue to use nonprofits for their own purposes.
April 22, 2008

Judith Miller
Iraq Quandaries | The U.S. could be caught between warring Shiite factions.
April 21, 2008

Harry Stein
Racial-Preference Ballots Go National | Initiatives in four states could shape the presidential election.
April 16, 2008

Nicole Gelinas
Words Not Deeds | Governor Paterson’s promising speech—and enormous budget
April 14, 2008

John Leo
Columbia’s Rebel Reunion | The university commemorates its darkest hour.
April 10, 2008

Theodore Dalrymple
No Contrition, No Penalty | Britain barely punishes even the most psychopathic behavior.
April 8, 2008

Nicole Gelinas
A Feckless Foreclosure Fix | Just the first of many pernicious bailouts
April 7, 2008

Marie Gryphon
Overwarning, Undercuring | The FDA’s crackdown on excessive drug labeling needs Supreme Court help.
April 4, 2008

Theodore Dalrymple
Delusions of Virtue | We should hope Hillary Clinton’s Bosnia tale was a lie—and not a fantasy.
April 3, 2008

Paul Beston
Fantasy Candidates | The parties should stop dreaming about Al Gore and Condoleezza Rice.
April 1, 2008

March 2008

David Gratzer, Paul Howard
Mandates Are Not the Answer | Barack Obama has it (mostly) right.
March 31, 2008

Steven Malanga
Getting Poverty Wrong | On the presidential campaign trail, it’s almost as if the 1960s never happened.
March 21, 2008

Harry Stein
Obama, Less Than Audacious | The real discussion on race is still to come.
March 19, 2008

Nicole Gelinas
Memo to Governor Paterson | Don’t wait for the Wall Street crisis to worsen—start cutting now.
March 18, 2008

Theodore Dalrymple
Morality and Spitzer | The governor’s fall is not an argument for de-moralizing social policy.
March 14, 2008

Bruce S. Thornton
Spitzer’s Comic Fall | To understand the disgraced governor, brush up your Aristophanes.
March 12, 2008

Steven Malanga
Empire Burlesque | Spitzer’s downfall leaves Albany still seeking a reformer.
March 11, 2008

Nicole Gelinas
New York Gets Steamrolled | The state must recover from Spitzer’s transgressions quickly.
March 11, 2008

Guy Sorman
Europe ♥ Obama | For continental elites, the candidate exemplifies “the good American.”
March 6, 2008

Steven Malanga
New Jersey’s Bad Government Blues | The state’s residents have little to show for their crushing tax burden.
March 5, 2008

Fred Siegel
William F. Buckley’s Unmaking of a Mayor | . . . and the making of a national coalition
March 3, 2008

Heather Mac Donald
A Thought Experiment on Campus Rape | False statistics, or evil administrators?
March 2, 2008

February 2008

Steven Malanga
Hillary Clinton’s Irrational Exuberance | The senator’s job-creating promises ring hollow.
February 29, 2008

Myron Magnet
The Unbought Grace of Life | Remembering William F. Buckley, Jr.
February 27, 2008

Nicole Gelinas
The Bailout Society? | Not so fast, Americans are saying.
February 26, 2008

Fred Siegel
Yes, We Can’t | From Ralph Waldo Emerson to Deval Patrick, the politics of hope have been a bust.
February 25, 2008

Steven Malanga
Construction Corruption | It will take more than one dramatic bust to clean up New York’s mob-plagued building industry.
February 14, 2008

Matthew Clavel
Chartering Success | The single-sex education movement catches on.
February 12, 2008

Theodore Dalrymple
Accommodating Islamic Law? | Archbishop Rowan Williams foolishly rolls out the red carpet for British sharia.
February 11, 2008

David Gratzer
Time to Rechristen SCHIP | Let states develop their own health-care safety nets.
February 8, 2008

Benjamin A. Plotinsky
The Postracial Primary | New York City shows its true colors.
February 5, 2008

John Leo
Orwell Lives | For some liberals, diversity should be banned.
February 4, 2008

Fred Siegel
Bizarre Bedfellows for Barack | Conservatives and liberals rally behind an unqualified candidate.
February 4, 2008

January 2008

Paul Beston
Requiem for Rudy | Giuliani’s exit removes the most visible representative of September 11.
January 31, 2008

Nicole Gelinas
Mitt Romney’s Smart Tax Plan | Investment-friendly tax cuts, not one-time rebates
January 31, 2008

Marie Gryphon
Unjust Deserters | Money-hungry Vioxx lawyers leave many clients in the lurch.
January 28, 2008

Nicole Gelinas
Don’t Foreclose the Possibilities | The mortgage meltdown doesn’t have to cause a 1970s replay in Gotham.
January 25, 2008

Thomas W. Carroll, Andrew J. Coulson, Robert Enlow, Jay P. Greene, E. D. Hirsch, Jr., Matthew Ladner, Neal McCluskey, Diane Ravitch, Sol Stern
Is School Choice Enough? | In City Journal’s Winter 2008 issue, contributing editor Sol Stern wrote a piece, School Choice Isn’t Enough, that ignited a firestorm of debate within the school-reform movement. Here, some of the nation’s top education scholars discuss the story, and Stern responds.
January 24, 2008

Theodore Dalrymple
King’s Dream, His Nightmare | An American professor rejects nonviolence for blacks.
January 22, 2008

Nicole Gelinas
For Whom the Roads Toll | Under Governor Corzine’s bad plan, toll hikes will pay down New Jersey’s debt.
January 14, 2008

Fred Siegel
The Globalization Election | Voters are showing their anxiety about the economy and immigration.
January 10, 2008

André Glucksmann
Time on Putin’s Side | No “boy scout,” indeed
January 4, 2008

Theodore Dalrymple
Mind Forg’d Manacles | The Left’s belief in the helplessness of the poor is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
January 3, 2008

Harry Stein
No Conservatives, Dammit!! | The Times hires William Kristol, and the illiberal liberals go nuts.
January 2, 2008

Nicole Gelinas
Banks, Shot | Wall Street—and New York—face a challenging 2008.
January 2, 2008