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Theodore Dalrymple
Don’t Legalize Drugs

Advocates have almost convinced Americans that legalization will remove most of the evil that drugs inflict on society. Don’t believe them.
Heather Mac Donald
Behind the Hundred Neediest Cases

It was no favor to the poor when the New York Times’s annual appeal, which for 85 years has voiced the elite view of poverty, decided that the needy were not responsible for their own fate.
Sol Stern
How Teachers’ Unions Handcuff Schools

No education reform can succeed until teachers’ unions stop demanding work rules that subvert education’s basic building block: the interaction between teacher and students.
Eric Lane
Albany’s Travesty of Democracy

Democratic lawmaking needs debate, hearings, committee reports—all the machinery that winnows compromise out of the clash of opposite views. You won’t find any of it in Albany.
Peter Hellman
Justice Freedman v. New York

For over a decade, an activist judge has made a shambles of New York City’s policy for homeless families.
Bruce Davidson
Brooklyn Gang: A Portfolio
Amitai Etzioni & Roger Scruton
Community, Yes. But Whose?

Communitarians present themselves as champions of traditional social ties and opponents of the self-absorbed individual. But are they just apologists for the welfare state?
William J. Stern
How Dagger John Saved New York’s Irish
In Prospect
Theodore Dalrymple
Oh, to be in England

“There’s No Damned Merit in It”
Julia Vitullo-Martin
Greenwich Village Diarist

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