James Q. Wilson

  • Broken Windows

    Broken Windows

    In a piece that had far-reaching effects on law enforcement, Kelling and Wilson took aim at policing techniques that were quietly endangering communities. The changes they called for—putting more officers on the streets, empowering them to combat the conditions that cause lawlessness—were credited with sharp declines in urban crime nationwide.

  • Decency

    In thinking about the American idea, we decided to revisit a concept we first took up in these pages 25 years ago. Return to:The American Idea…

  • Broken Windows

    Broken Windows

    The police and neighborhood safety

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From "swag" to "on fleek," tweens choose.

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Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.

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Confessions of Moms Around the World

In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.

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How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming

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