“In an age where every form of authority was being eroded by the tide of democratic individualism, the man who documented that erosion became an authority himself. He was modern America’s most authoritative intellectual figure. . . . What is singular about [James Q. Wilson] is that he was deeply conversant with essentially the entire range of public affairs, and marshaled his knowledge in every field with evident sound judgment and probity, with lucidity, and with democratic modesty and accessibility.”
So wrote Christopher DeMuth in The Weekly Standard shortly after the death of James Q. Wilson, a prominent political scientist whose work in American politics, public policy, organization, and culture and character was widely read and acclaimed by public officials and everyday citizens alike.
The 2012 Bradley Symposium, hosted by Hudson Institute’s Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal and National Affairs, featured a discussion among prominent political figures and scholars.
Registration, continental breakfast
Welcome by Yuval Levin, National Affairs