Wilfred Reilly

Wilfred Reilly

The Accomplishments of Black Conservative Thought

The Accomplishments of Black Conservative Thought

The line between moral and empirical claims is a tricky one for debaters. In his thoughtful Quillette essay, “The Limitations of Black Conservative Thought,” Aaron Hanna—like me, a professor of Political Science—critiques some of the more sweeping theoretical claims of America’s intellectual tradition of black conservatism.

Wilfred Reilly
Wilfred Reilly
Culture Wars
One ‘Maverick’ Documents Another—Jason Riley’s Biography of Thomas Sowell

One ‘Maverick’ Documents Another—Jason Riley’s Biography of Thomas Sowell

A review of Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell, by Jason Riley. Basic Books, 240 pages (May, 2021). Thomas Sowell is an icon. And, now, he has a biographer. While Sowell himself has written, by my count, 43 books, Jason Riley’s 2021 Maverick seems remarkably to be the first-ever

Wilfred Reilly
Wilfred Reilly
Thomas Sowell
Facts Don’t Care About Your Diversity Training Certificate—A Critique of Credentialism

Facts Don’t Care About Your Diversity Training Certificate—A Critique of Credentialism

One of the most commonly heard debater’s challenges, online and in real life, is: “Are YOU an expert in (X)?” The obvious if generally unspoken corollary is: “If not, then shut up.” However, very often, you don’t need to. There is little evidence that a smart normal citizen,

Wilfred Reilly
Wilfred Reilly
Activism
Did the BLM Protests Against the Police Lead to the 2020 Spike in Homicides?

Did the BLM Protests Against the Police Lead to the 2020 Spike in Homicides?

Serious crime, particularly murder, soared while everyone was supposed to be locked indoors. Between 2019—by no means a famously peaceful year—and 2020, homicides alone surged by 42 percent during the summer and 34 percent during the fall. Many politically acceptable explanations have been advanced for this, with left-leaning

Wilfred Reilly
Wilfred Reilly
Black Lives Matter
Sorry, New York Times, But America Began in 1776

Sorry, New York Times, But America Began in 1776

The United States of America began in 1776, not 1619. That one sentence is the thesis statement of “1776”—a non-partisan black-led response to the New York Times’s “1619 Project” initiative, which launched last week at D.C.’s National Press Club. I am pleased and proud

Wilfred Reilly
Wilfred Reilly
“1776”
Are We in the Midst of a Transgender Murder Epidemic?

Are We in the Midst of a Transgender Murder Epidemic?

The claim that there’s an “epidemic” of fatal anti-transgender violence in the United States has been made widely in recent years. A Google search for the phrase “epidemic of anti-trans violence” turns up pieces from the New York Times, NBC National News, ABC National News, and the Human Rights

Wilfred Reilly
Wilfred Reilly
Crime
The Hate-Crime Epidemic That Never Was: A Seattle Case Study

The Hate-Crime Epidemic That Never Was: A Seattle Case Study

The Seattle Times recently reported that an epidemic of hate crimes is taking place in the Emerald City. According to the newspaper, more than 500 bias incidents were reported to Seattle police in 2018 alone, and this figure represents “an increase of nearly 400 percent since 2012.” However, this widely

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Wilfred Reilly
Crime