Paul Beston is managing editor of City Journal.

William J. Bratton is once again New York City Police Commissioner. He has formerly served as Boston police commissioner and chief of police in Los Angeles. His conversation with Paul Romer was hosted by the NYU Stern Urbanization Project and NYU’s Marron Institute.

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

Theodore Dalrymple is the Dietrich Weismann Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and the author of many books, including Not with a Bang but a Whimper: The Politics and Culture of Decline.

Nicole Gelinas is a City Journal contributing editor and author of After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street—and Washington.

Stefan Kanfer is a City Journal contributing editor and the author, most recently, of The Eskimo Hunts in Miami.

Joel Kotkin is a City Journal contributing editor and the R. C. Hobbs Fellow in Urban Studies at Chapman University.

Heather Mac Donald is a contributing editor of City Journal and the John M. Olin Fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Her article was adapted from her 2013 Wriston Lecture.

Steven Malanga is City Journal’s senior editor, a Manhattan Institute senior fellow, and the author of Shakedown: The Continuing Conspiracy Against the American Taxpayer.

Joel Mokyr is a professor of economics and history at Northwestern University and author, most recently, of The Enlightened Economy: Britain and the Industrial Revolution.

James Panero is executive editor of The New Criterion, where he writes about art and culture. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere.

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

Robert Pondiscio is executive director of CitizenshipFirst, a civic education initiative based at Harlem’s Democracy Prep Public Schools, and a former fifth-grade teacher.

Paul Romer is a University Professor at New York University and founding director of the Urbanization Project at the Stern School of Business.

Tevi Troy is a former White House aide and author of What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House.

George Weigel is the author, most recently, of Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church and Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches (coauthored with Elizabeth Lev and Stephen Weigel).

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


Adam Freedman covers legal affairs for Ricochet and is the author of The Naked Constitution: What the Founders Said and Why It Still Matters. Kay S. Hymowitz is a City Journal contributing editor and the author of Marriage and Caste in America: Separate and Unequal Families in a Post-Marital Age. Guy Sorman, a City Journal contributing editor and French public intellectual, is the author of many books, including Economics Does Not Lie. His article was translated by Alexis Cornel.


Sean Delonas is an award-winning illustrator, syndicated cartoonist, and coauthor, with his son, Ryan, of Scuttle’s Big Wish. Joe Raskin has photographed New York neighborhoods for almost 40 years. He is the author of a history of the New York subway system, The Roads Not Taken, and runs a photo blog, Wandering New York. Ted Soqui is a Los Angeles–based photojournalist, covering events and news around the U.S. Cover artist Frank Webster is a Brooklyn-based painter who received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. He also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has shown in solo and group exhibitions in New York at Blackston Gallery, Storefront Bushwick, Sara Meltzer Gallery, and White Columns, among others. He has won numerous awards, including the Pollock Krasner and the Golden Foundation Individual Artist Award, and has been awarded residencies at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program, PS 122, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the MacDowell Colony, among others. For more information, visit


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