27 May 2012

James Q Wilson Revisited

Some time back I took the hapless Ross Douthat to task for comparing Wilson to the 'duplicitous bastard' Andrew Breitbart when, coincidentally, both men died in the same week. Turns out that I was being a bit too kind to Wilson - as Glenn Loury makes clear in this nice assessment of Wilson and his legacy at The Boston Review. Turns out that like many conservatives Wilson was genial over drinks or coffee but thoroughly tone-deaf to the political implications of his work. And Douthat is still a lightweight.

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Blogger trane said...

Thanks for linking to Loury's article, interesting stuff.

I really like his Bureaucracy book. Despite the tone of sentimentality surrounding military organization and experience in it.


28 May, 2012 15:20  

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