Criminology

Charles Murray's 'Facing Reality'—A Review

Charles Murray's 'Facing Reality'—A Review

A review of Facing Reality: Two Truths about Race in America by Charles Murray. Encounter Books, 168 pages. (June, 2021) I’ve known about Charles Murray since 1994, when I was a voracious and unsupervised teen reader in rural Oregon grabbing the library’s latest issue of the New Republic

Razib Khan
Razib Khan
Crime
When Journalism Blurs Into Activism—A Canadian Case Study

When Journalism Blurs Into Activism—A Canadian Case Study

This all began with an imaginary teachers’ manual. It ended with us challenging Canada’s self-described “national newspaper” about a range of stories in which ideologically-driven narratives seemed to trump fact. We are two long-in-the-tooth Canadian journalists who began our careers in the 1980s. We’ve written investigative pieces about

Paul Benedetti and Wayne MacPhail
Paul Benedetti and Wayne MacPhail
Activism
When Will Activists (and the Media) Get Honest About Police Shootings?

When Will Activists (and the Media) Get Honest About Police Shootings?

Minutes before Derek Chauvin was convicted on all three counts of murder and manslaughter, Ma’Khia Bryant, a black teenage girl in Columbus, Ohio, was shot dead by police. Almost immediately, enraged protestors gathered outside police headquarters. “Say Her Name!” they chanted. The New York Times reported that the girl’

Arthur Jeon
Arthur Jeon
Activism
Growing Up Without a Father-Figure Can Make Boys Less Violent

Growing Up Without a Father-Figure Can Make Boys Less Violent

One of the more contentious issues is whether or not there is a link between female single-parent households and violent crime. As the homicide spike began in late spring 2020, Katy Faust and Stacy Manning claimed that an important source of criminality is children being raised without a father-figure in

Robert Cherry
Robert Cherry
Crime
My White Privilege Didn’t Save Me. But God Did

My White Privilege Didn’t Save Me. But God Did

Following the furore over Netflix’s Cuties movie in the fall, Quillette editor-in-chief Claire Lehmann tweeted that the creepy conservative obsession with paedophilia is as bizarre as the feminist obsession with rape. I took umbrage, and noted my annoyance—though I knew what she meant. Sexual violence, particularly toward children,

Edie Wyatt
Edie Wyatt
Centrism
L.A.'s Failed Homeless Policies Turned My Home Into a Prison

L.A.'s Failed Homeless Policies Turned My Home Into a Prison

I never wanted a gun. In fact, I wanted to never own one—until around noon on Thursday, August 20th. Since the late 1990s, I’ve lived in Venice, California, renting a one-bedroom Craftsman house a mile from the ocean that someone built out of a Sears-catalog kit 100 years

Amy Alkon
Amy Alkon
Crime
Racist Police Violence Reconsidered

Racist Police Violence Reconsidered

Tony Timpa was 32 years old when he died at the hands of the Dallas police in August 2016. He suffered from mental health difficulties and was unarmed. He wasn’t resisting arrest. He had called the cops from a parking lot while intoxicated because he thought he might be

John McWhorter
John McWhorter
BLM
America's Black Communities Are Suffering. Violent Protests Will Make the Suffering Worse

America's Black Communities Are Suffering. Violent Protests Will Make the Suffering Worse

Protests sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin—an act that prosecutors describe as murder—have devolved into violence. Numerous small businesses have been destroyed, and at least one elderly shopper at a Target store was assaulted. A man has been

Zaid Jilani
Zaid Jilani
Activism