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Charles Murray's Surprising Views on 2016 Elections

Kevin Price | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Kevin Price

Although Charles Murray is a self-described libertarian, he is more of a classical liberal that believes government should do as little as possible and that its political subdivisions that weaken it actually make it more effective in how it serves the people.

Fight Poverty With Wages

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

Everyone agrees we've taken poverty seriously. We've created a panoply of relief programs to lessen it through government action, and yet, while we've enabled those with the lowest income to survive, the poor are still with us.

Brains, Poverty, and Educators

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

A study published in Nature Neuroscience found that children from the most disadvantaged families had brains with a smaller surface area than those from families with higher incomes. The reflexive rhetoric of political scientist Charles Murray and others claim it supports their view that there's not much you can do to educate poor kids. But that's not what the science says.

The Economics of Morality

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

The question ultimately is why America's moral standards seem to have fallen so far. Drug and alcohol abuse remains widespread. The two-parent nuclear family seems to be quickly disappearing.

Where Henry Kissinger's Dark Wisdom Blinds Him

Jim Sleeper | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

I hope that Americans will consider these blind spots, along with Kissinger's occasional indulgences of cold-blooded brutality, before over-praising his troves of wisdom and occasional elegance.

A Letter to the Wall Street Journal About What Progressives Want

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 09.10.2014 | Media
Miles Mogulescu

The editors of the Wall Street Journal are clueless about who progressives are and what they want.

When Rights Collide

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 08.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

When the rights of groups conflict, it makes little sense that the historically privileged should be deemed the aggrieved party. But courtrooms and legislatures are not our only ground. We must reach in honesty and clarity across the social divide.

Why Would Paul Ryan Think About Race?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Ryan's comments last month reflect a political climate where Republicans not only do not meaningfully speak to African American citizens, but they tell themselves and their supporters stories about politics and economics that will ensure that they do not have to speak to African American voters in the future.

Marriage and Happiness: David Blankenhorn Interviews Charles Murray

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 06.16.2014 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Can Charles Murray help us be happy? Curmudgeon, yes. Conservative, yes. Happy? As Andy Kline succinctly writes: It is widely agreed, by friend a...

The Abbott Campaign and the 'Smog of Bad Decisions'

James Moore | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
James Moore

Getting policy guidance from a confessed criminal is no longer that shocking for the Abbott campaign. His political maneuvers cannot be described as stumbles but are clearly becoming manifestations of a duplicitous belief system that will, at a minimum, confound, if not alienate, traditional Texas voters, including conservatives.

Laura Bassett

GOP Candidate Cites Man Who Believes Women And Minorities Are Inferior | Laura Bassett | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics

In his pre-Kindergarten education plan released this week, Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott cites the work of a man who believes t...

When It Comes to Education Reform, Which Political Party Is the Stupid Party?

Marc Epstein | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Marc Epstein

Listen to any conservative talk show host and they'll regularly remind their audience that the Republicans are the party of ideas and that their books consistently top the best-seller charts. But for some undiagnosed reason they've managed to win only two of the past six presidential elections.

Guess What? Racism Isn't Good Science

Jesse Larner | Posted 10.21.2013 | Media
Jesse Larner

I think it's fair to say that Richwine is making a fraudulent argument that, contrary to his claims of good science, is the product of his own personal and ideological needs rather than of any good data. The interesting question is why he needs to do this.

At CPAC, The Marriage Fight Is Over

BuzzFeed | Chris Geidner | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics

Opponents of gay rights spoke to a nearly empty room, while supporters had a standing room-only crowd. “We cannot be at war with America on issues o...

Why Your Gardener's Kid Will Never Go to Harvard, and Why Your Kid Will

Michael Levin | Posted 05.01.2013 | Books
Michael Levin

It's not your genetics or even your IQ that determines your future, says Charles Murray. It's your zip code.

The Conservative War on Single Mothers Like Jessica Schairer

June Carbone | Posted 09.18.2012 | Business
June Carbone

Whether or not Romney specifically intends to make the lives of single mothers more perilous, his policies would do exactly that.

Can Schools Spur Social Mobility?

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 09.10.2012 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

One big idea animates virtually all of today's earnest education reformers is the conviction that great schools can spur social mobility. And then Charles Murray comes along and throws cold water all over the idea.

Clash Warfare

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 05.05.2012 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

"Clash warfare" may appeal to a minority, but it does nothing to respond to the economic and social concerns of the majority of Americans. For them, class warfare is not the issue -- fairness and opportunity are.

Charles Murray's Unreal Towns

Caryl Rivers | Posted 04.30.2012 | Books
Caryl Rivers

In his new book, Coming Apart, Charles Murray says that working-class whites are getting dumber and losing traditional values such as marriage, hard work and church-going.

Just How Elitist Are You? Murray's 'How Thick Is Your Bubble' Quiz

Jared Bernstein | Posted 04.30.2012 | Home
Jared Bernstein

This being Murray, cultural gaps loom large as well. His hypothesis is that elites and others are growing ever farther apart along cultural dimensions, and the book even has a test so you can see how out of touch you are. Here it is with my answers.

Charles Murray's Coming Apart

Jared Bernstein | Posted 04.29.2012 | Books
Jared Bernstein

Charles Murray is right: in important ways we're coming apart and that's a serious danger demanding the attention of social scientists, policy makers, and persons of all income classes. The problem with his book is that if you've been paying any attention, you knew that already.

Both Sides Now: Spitzer/Matalin on Santorum as SNL's Church Lady and Murray=OWS?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 02.27.2012 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgMatalin and Spitzer debate whether Santorum's religious conservatism has veered into Church Lady Comstockery ("Is it Satan?"). Will Mitt's money win Michigan? Then: why did the GOP cave and is Charles Murray the cultural equivalent of OWS?

Rich Karlgaard's Lies About Obama

William K. Black | Posted 04.18.2012 | Media
William K. Black

I hereby nominate Karlgaard and "cold loathing" friends as the charter members of Christians Against Morality, Equity, Liberty, and Same-sex marriage (CAMELS). All meetings will be held at "Eye of the Needle" bar, however, so entry is likely to prove impossible for the charter members.

Who are the Next Victims of Despicable Disregard?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

How is it that so many of us understand the level of financial support most grown children require to gain a foothold on the economic ladder these days -- yet states like Florida find new ways to deprive those who don't even have parents to provide such support?

David Brooks's Anti-Poverty Program: "Bourgeois Paternalism"

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 04.16.2012 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

Brooks writing about poverty is like a celibate writing about sex: it's something he knows nothing about.