The Check Is in the Mail

From the October 2006 Print Edition

In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State by Charles Murray. AEI Press, 140 pages, $20. In his 1984 book, Losing Ground, Charles Murray attacked the welfare system for tempting the poor into dysfunction. Since welfare supported families where the adults had children without marrying or . . . . Continue Reading »

Always Among Us

From the December 1991 Print Edition

The Urban Underclass edited by Christopher Jencks and Paul E. Peterson Brookings Institution Publications, 490 pages, $34.95 Inner-City Poverty in the United States edited by Lawrence E. Lynn, Jr. and Michael H. McGeary National Academy Press, 280 pages, $29.95 The presence of entrenched poverty . . . . Continue Reading »

Race and Urban Politics

From the February 1991 Print Edition

The Closest of Strangers: Liberalism and the Politics of Race in New York by Jim Sleeper W. W. Norton, 345 pages, $21.95 Most Americans have the sense that something went terribly wrong in the nation’s big cities sometime in the middle of the 1960s. Since then, urban areas have been perceived . . . . Continue Reading »