Paul Beston is an associate editor of City Journal.

John Buntin covers law enforcement for Governing. He is the author of L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City.

Wendell Cox is the principal of Demographia, a public policy consultancy.

Theodore Dalrymple is a contributing editor of City Journal, the Dietrich Weismann Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and the author of The New Vichy Syndrome: Why European Intellectuals Surrender to Barbarism.

Nicole Gelinas is a City Journal contributing editor, the Searle Freedom Trust Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and the author of After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street—and Washington.

Edward L. Glaeser is a professor of economics at Harvard University as well as a City Journal contributing editor and a Manhattan Institute senior fellow.

E. D. Hirsch, Jr. is a professor emeritus of education and humanities at the University of Virginia and the founder of the Core Knowledge Foundation.

Stefan Kanfer, a City Journal contributing editor, is the author, most recently, of Tough Without a Gun, a Humphrey Bogart biography.

Adam Kirsch is a senior editor at The New Republic and a columnist for Tablet Magazine. His most recent book is Why Trilling Matters.

Heather Mac Donald is a contributing editor of City Journal and the John M. Olin Fellow at the Manhattan Institute. She is the author of Are Cops Racist?: How the War Against the Police Harms Black Americans.

Steven Malanga is the senior editor of City Journal and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. His latest book is Shakedown: The Continuing Conspiracy Against the American Taxpayer.

Pierre Manent is a French political scientist. His essay was translated by Alexis Cornel.

Mario Polèse is a professor at the Centre Urbanisation Culture Société at Montreal’s Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique. He is the author of The Wealth and Poverty of Regions: Why Cities Matter.

Aaron M. Renn is an urban analyst, consultant, and publisher of the urban policy website The Urbanophile.

Paul Starobin lived in Moscow from 1999 to 2003 as a foreign correspondent and has frequently returned to visit the city. He has written about Russia for The Atlantic, The New Republic, the Wall Street Journal, Businessweek, National Journal, and National Geographic.


Alberto Alesina is a professor of political economics at Harvard University and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Robert Bryce is a senior fellow at the Center for Energy Policy and the Environment at the Manhattan Institute. Howard Husock, a contributing editor of City Journal, is the Manhattan Institute’s vice president for policy research and director of its Social Entrepreneurship Initiative. Larry Sand, a retired teacher, is president of the California Teachers Empowerment Network.


Sean Delonas is the cartoonist for the New York Post and the coauthor, with his son, Ryan, of Scuttle’s Big Wish. Richard Lillash, a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design, uses paper assemblages to bring the narrative of a story to life. Alberto Mena is a graphic designer based in New York City. Arnold Roth is a cartoonist whose work has appeared in Punch, The New Yorker, the New York Times, and many other publications. Harvey Wang has published five books of photographs, including Harvey Wang’s New York, and is currently working on a film about the end of the chemical era in photography. Cover artist Kerry Law is an artist and art teacher who lives in Queens and maintains a studio at the Pencil Factory in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Born in Westchester, New York, he received his BFA in painting from Binghamton University, SUNY and his MFA from Purchase College, SUNY. His solo shows in the United States include one at Camel Arts Project Space in Williamsburg and another at Storefront Bushwick Project Space. His website is


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