Some tributes today to James Q. Wilson, in addition to the boss’s from earlier today:
National Affairs gathers all of Wilson’s articles for the Public Interest.
The Wall Street Journal: "The Man Who Defined Deviancy Up: Policing, religion, changes in gang life? Why has crime dropped since James Q. Wilson wrote about 'broken windows' in 1982?"
The Atlantic re-features Wilson’s (and George Kelling’s) essay, “Broken Windows: The police and neighborhood safety.”
Tevi Troy remembers that he served "as an adviser to every Republican president since Richard Nixon."
Ira Stoll retells his most memorable interaction with the social scientist: “Some time in the very early days of the New York Sun, maybe even before we started publishing, James Q. Wilson ventured down to Lower Manhattan and had an un-fancy lunch in a cramped nearby restaurant with a few of the editors. He was interested in writing for us, it turned out. He explained that he was shy, so we might have to call or email him. It was actually one of the more thrilling moments in the run of a newspaper that had a lot of thrilling moments, because Wilson, by that time, which was 2002, was a very big deal.”
The American Enterprise Institute remembers “The Sinatra of Social Science.”
John Podhoretz remembers Wilson and his contributions to Commentary magazine.
Pete Wehner: “Professor Jim Wilson was, for many of us, a strong beacon light. He dispelled darkness with nearly every word he wrote.”