Michael Knox Beran, a lawyer and writer, is a contributing editor of City Journal and the author of Jefferson’s Demons. His previous book, The Last Patrician, was a New York Times Notable Book of 1998.
Richard Brookhiser is a senior editor of National Review and a columnist for the New York Observer. He is the author of Alexander Hamilton, American and Gentleman Revolutionary: Gouverneur Morris, the Rake Who Wrote the Constitution.
Theodore Dalrymple is a physician who regularly sees patients in an English prison. He is a contributing editor of City Journal and a columnist for the Spectator. His latest book, Life at the Bottom, is a collection of his City Journal essays.
Heather Mac Donald is a contributing editor of City Journal and John M. Olin Fellow at the Manhattan Institute. She is the author of Are Cops Racist? How the War Against the Police Harms Black Americans and The Burden of Bad Ideas.
Julia Magnet is a senior fellow at Civitas, a London think tank. She has written for the Daily Telegraph, The New Statesman, and Prospect.
Steven Malanga is a contributing editor of City Journal and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. He was formerly executive editor at Crain’s New York Business.
E. J. McMahon is a senior fellow for tax and budgetary studies at the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Civic Innovation.
Walter Olson is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and the author of The Rule of Lawyers: How the New Litigation Elite Threatens America’s Rule of Law and The Litigation Explosion.
George F. Will is a Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist for the Washington Post Writers Group, a contributing editor of Newsweek, and a regular on ABC-TV’s This Week. His article is adapted from the Manhattan Institute’s 2003 Walter B. Wriston Lecture.
James Q. Wilson, formerly a professor at Harvard and at UCLA, now lectures at Pepperdine University. Among his recent books are The Moral Sense and The Marriage Problem. His article is adapted from a Manhattan Institute lecture.