Saturday, March 3, 2012

Remembering James Q. Wilson

James Q. Wilson, one of our nation’s leading political scientist, died on March 2nd. Click here for his biography.

Here's a 2007 quote from Wilson...
In every society, people must arrange for tradeoffs between desirable but mutually inconsistent goals. James Madison, in his famous Federalist Number Ten, pointed to just this sort of tradeoff when he made the case for a large national government that would ensure the preservation of those individual rights and liberties that are at risk in small communities. When it comes to the competing values of diversity and the formation of social capital, as when it comes to other arrangements in a democracy, balance is all.

Check out the video at the bottom of this blog post to learn some more about this man and his policy prescriptions.

Also, here are a few resources to give you some more information on Wilson:
David Frum on James Q. Wilson, 1931-2012

The Sinatra of Social Science

John Podhoretz on James Q. Wilson, 1931-2012

Archive of James Q. Wilson’s Writings

3/5/12 UPDATE: Found some more posts on Wilson at the links listed below.
"James Q. Wilson understood the proper limits of politics" by George Will

"A Truly American Scholar" by Harvey C. Mansfield

"James Q. Wilson, 1931-2012" by Francis Fukuyama

"James Q. Wilson: A Happy American Life" by Michael Barone

Video from the Wall Street Journal article James Q. Wilson in His Own Words

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