Pascal Bruckner is a French writer and philosopher whose latest book is The Paradox of Love. His article was translated by Alexis Cornel.

Theodore Dalrymple is a contributing editor of City Journal and the Dietrich Weismann Fellow at the Manhattan Institute.

Nicole Gelinas is a City Journal contributing editor, the Searle Freedom Trust Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and the author of After the Fall.

Rudolph W. Giuliani was the mayor of New York City from 1994 through 2001.

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

Kay S. Hymowitz is a contributing editor of City Journal, the William E. Simon Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and the author of Marriage and Caste in America.

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

Joel Kotkin is a contributing editor of City Journal and the Distinguished Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University.

Arthur B. Laffer is chairman of Laffer Associates, a macroeconomic research firm, and Laffer Investments, a money-management firm. He is the author of Eureka! How to Fix California.

Myron Magnet, City Journal’s editor-at-large and its editor from 1994 through 2006, is a recipient of the National Humanities Medal. His next book is The Founders at Home. His article is the second of two essays on George Washington’s centrality in American history.

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.

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

Troy Senik is a senior fellow at the Center for Individual Freedom and an editor at

Guy Sorman, a City Journal contributing editor and French public intellectual, is the author of Economics Does Not Lie.

Jerry Weinberger is a University Distinguished Professor of political science at Michigan State University.

Marcus A. Winters is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, an assistant professor in the College of Education at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, and the author of Teachers Matter: Rethinking How Public Schools Identify, Reward, and Retain Great Educators.


Josh Barro is a contributor at Wendell Cox is the principal of Demographia, a public policy consultancy. Ethan Epstein is a writer based in Portland, Oregon. Andrew Klavan is a novelist and a contributing editor of City Journal; his latest thriller for young adults is The Final Hour.


Anthony Behar is a staff photographer at Sipa Press in New York. Sean Delonas is the cartoonist for the New York Post and the coauthor, with his son, Ryan, of Scuttle’s Big Wish. The Heads of State is a design firm run by Jason Kernevich and Dustin Summers. Alberto Mena is a graphic designer based in New York City. Robert Pizzo is an award-winning illustrator whose work can be seen at Arnold Roth is a cartoonist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, and many other publications. Cover artist Deborah Brown serves on the board of Momenta and NURTUREart, nonprofit art spaces in Brooklyn, and is a member of Brooklyn’s Community Board #4. She has executed public art projects around the country, including mosaics for the Houston Street subway station in Manhattan.


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