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The Entrenched vs. the Newcomers: 2019 James Q. Wilson Lecture
Edward L. Glaeser discusses how the proliferation of unfair laws and regulations is walling off opportunity in America’s greatest cities at the Manhattan Institute’s 2019 James Q. Wilson Lecture. We like to think of American cities as incubators of o
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Save the Robots
New York’s mayor has a plan to address the displacement of workers through automation: Bill de Blasio wants the federal government to enact a “robot tax.” De Blasio’s proposed law stipulates that when a company introduces labor-saving automation, suc
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Women And The Family Track
Contemporary civil rights thinking sees discrimination as the cause of every disparity between groups. The remedy, progressives believe, is a cultural transformation that eliminates the effects of purported bias. They demand parity between men and wo
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Generous Motors No More
If the auto giant wants to keep jobs in the country, it can’t go back to offering rich benefits to union workers.
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A Bad Case of the Vapors
Public health officials’ war on nicotine vaping will lead more people to smoke tobacco cigarettes.
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A Conspiracy of Entitled Incumbents
California’s new rent control law will please homeowners while setting back housing construction and affordability.
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For-Hire Backfire
California’s new regulation on Uber and Lyft risks harming a huge segment of the economy—and misses a chance to define a new category of worker.
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Keep Soccer Apolitical
Major League Soccer this year implemented a policy prohibiting the display by fan clubs of certain types of signs and banners during games, specifically those “using . . .  political, threatening, abusive, insulting, offensive language and/or gesture
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Executive Privilege is Fundamental
President Trump faces an impeachment effort from the House of Representatives, which has thoroughly politicized its oversight responsibilities.
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The Left’s Surging Urban Activism
City Journal contributing editor Christopher Rufo joins Brian Anderson to discuss an increasingly influential progressive faction in many cites—one that seeks to rebuild the urban environment to achieve a wide range of environmentalist and social-jus
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The Redistribution and Regulation Party
During a recent visit to Toledo, Ohio, to speak at a local school, I saw remarkable signs of an improving economy in this Rust Belt city. My taxi driver from the airport boasted that he could leave his position tomorrow and have his pick of other job
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Welfare Reform’s Payoff
New data from the Census Bureau shows that female-headed households are lifting themselves out of poverty through work.
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If You Improve It, They Will Come
Several Midwest cities are pursuing innovative mass-transit plans—with encouraging results.
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Target: New York
Eighteen years after the 9/11 attacks, Islamist extremism doesn’t make much news—but it’s not for lack of trying.
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Why Opportunity Zones Won’t Work
Even after decades of failed programs, Washington still doesn’t understand what makes cities and neighborhoods thrive.
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Environmental Playacting
Today’s youth will fight climate change, we’re told—but they’re no more willing to give up luxuries than anyone else.
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Grandiose, Coercive, and Expensive
Democratic presidential candidates’ all-encompassing climate-change plans would remake American life—without even solving the problem they want to solve.
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Under Assault: New York’s Private and Parochial Schools
Will the Regents and education bureaucrats succeed in forcing nonpublic schools to conform to unprecedented state control?
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Bernie’s Pro-Union Push
Labor unions have dramatically declined as a percentage of the American workforce over the last 30 years. A new proposal from presidential candidate Bernie Sanders seeks to double union ranks, City Journal senior editor Steven Malanga reports, which
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Boris Johnson’s Big Bet
“I don’t want an election, you don’t want an election,” said Prime Minister Boris Johnson outside 10 Downing Street on Monday, amid audible boos and chants of “stop the coup” from protesters on Whitehall. Monday already feels like a long time ago for
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The Rise of Municipal Ransomware
Last month’s coordinated ransomware attacks against 23 cities in Texas reflect a troubling trend for America’s cities: bad actors are addicted to the payoff. In the 30 years since the first ransomware attack, the digital environment has changed beyon
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Democracy in Trump’s America
A conference that I attended recently at the Chateau of Alexis de Tocqueville in Normandy brought me to confront Tocqueville with Donald Trump. I did not see how I as an American, just now, could come to Europe and say nothing about America’s latest
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Endless Tantrum
Brexit should never have been put to a plebiscite, but it is childish to demand that the vote be overturned.
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Explicit Danger
Training cops that they’re acting on “implicit biases” that need to be exposed and overcome can lead to severe mental strain.
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New York City Transit, with Speaker Corey Johnson
Corey Johnson, Speaker of the New York City Council, joins Seth Barron to discuss the state of New York City’s transit system and his plan to break up the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), allowing the city to take control of its buses, su
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How to Destroy a School System
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s task force on school desegregation aims to solve a problem that doesn’t exist by eliminating much of what does work in the city’s troubled public-school system, while failing to address its many shortcomings. The
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Discriminating Against Religious Schools
In Maryland, the state lets you choose your biological gender, but not which school to attend.
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David Koch’s Philanthropic Legacy
“Yesterday David Koch of the zillionaire Koch brothers died . . . of prostate cancer. I guess I’m going to have to reevaluate my low opinion of prostate cancer.” That was Bill Maher last Friday night, joking before his approving audience. Maher went
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Knight of Forced Labor
Earlier this year, Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign boasted that a deal it cut with its workers to form a union demonstrated a commitment to worker rights. Relations quickly got sticky, however, when the workers complained that they were receiv
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Enforcement Works
Burien, Washington, a working-class city of 50,000 near Seattle, has adopted a new approach to homelessness. Like all cities in the Puget Sound region, Burien has struggled with chronic homelessness, addiction, and public camping in recent years. But
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