The Agenda

New York City’s Success in Foiling Terror Plots

Judith Miller suggests that had the Tsarnaev brothers planned a terror attack in New York City, there is a good chance that they’d have been stopped by the NYPD. The NYPD’s intelligence and counterterrorism divisions are the gold standard for local police forces worldwide, and their 1,000 counterterrorism police officers and analysts have cultivated strong ties with Muslim communities in and around the five boroughs. Replicating the NYPD’s extensive and expensive efforts is probably infeasible for most large U.S. cities, let alone small ones. But the NYPD’s success in this regard is further evidence that the quality of local government matters a great deal, and measures that tend to increase the quality of local government, like those championed by the legal academic David Schleicher, are worth pursuing. Policies that attract more people will tend to lead to more revenue, and more revenue can translate into better services (note the “can”), including better protective services.

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White House

Trump’s Disgraceful Endgame

President Trump said the other day that he’d leave office if he loses the vote of the Electoral College on December 14. This is not the kind of assurance presidents of the United States typically need to make, but it was noteworthy given Trump’s disgraceful conduct since losing his bid for reelection to ... Read More
White House

Trump’s Disgraceful Endgame

President Trump said the other day that he’d leave office if he loses the vote of the Electoral College on December 14. This is not the kind of assurance presidents of the United States typically need to make, but it was noteworthy given Trump’s disgraceful conduct since losing his bid for reelection to ... Read More
Culture

Our Real Systemic Problem

America’s got a problem that’s systemic in nature. This problem has less to do with individual intentions than the structure within which our intentions are formed. That structure explains a great deal about observed disparities in wealth, and other advantages, between various racial and ethnic groups. It ... Read More
Culture

Our Real Systemic Problem

America’s got a problem that’s systemic in nature. This problem has less to do with individual intentions than the structure within which our intentions are formed. That structure explains a great deal about observed disparities in wealth, and other advantages, between various racial and ethnic groups. It ... Read More
World

China’s Pandemic Deception

You’ve made it to December in our annus horribilis. On the menu today: sorting through CNN’s fascinating but not completely illuminating bombshell involving leaked documents from the Hubei, China Center for Disease Control and Prevention, filling in some details about the early days of the pandemic. More ... Read More
World

China’s Pandemic Deception

You’ve made it to December in our annus horribilis. On the menu today: sorting through CNN’s fascinating but not completely illuminating bombshell involving leaked documents from the Hubei, China Center for Disease Control and Prevention, filling in some details about the early days of the pandemic. More ... Read More