Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Rembering the influential James Q. Wilson

James Q. Wilson was one of the most influential writers and researchers on crime and criminal justice policy of his generation. He died this month at age 80. I admired Wilson because he refused to go along with the left-wing politically correct line and forged his own independent path. The link is to a brief article on his contributions.


  1. I'd read about James' passing in the Weekly Standard.


    My condolences to his family and friends. RIP

  2. PS: Joan's commentary was a nicely written tribute. I especially liked her description of Professor Wilson's early position " ...that public policy decisions regarding crime should work to increase the risks and lower the relative rewards of crime, thereby helping to deter it.".

    I couldn't think of a better argument in support of people's individual right to keep and bear arms.