Author Archive: The Wagner Review

State of the Union Viewing Party and Happy Hour

State of the Union Viewing Party and Happy Hour

You watched the first presidential debate with us last fall – come join The Wagner Review and Wagner Policy Alliance again as we watch President Obama lay out his key priorities for the coming year in the first State of the Union address of his second term. Check out the […]

 
 

Bringing the People Back to American Democracy

Bringing the People Back to American Democracy

  The Parties Versus The People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans By Mickey Edwards Yale Press; 208 pp. Mickey Edwards served the people of Oklahoma in the U.S. House of Representatives for sixteen years before leaving office in 1993. During his tenure, he held various senior positions—from […]

 
 

Justice Kennedy: Conservative Trailblazer

Justice Kennedy: Conservative Trailblazer

The Supreme Court has decided it will consider two very important cases involving same-sex marriage this term: United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry. Both appeals are likely to split the court in 5-4 decisions, and the central actor that could swing the rulings in either direction is Justice Anthony […]

 
 

Rape Without Redress

Rape Without Redress

This past November, while many Americans were reveling in the juicy details of the sex scandal surrounding then-CIA director David Petraeus, the U.S. Air Force released a damning report on an ongoing investigation into a sexual abuse scandal at Lackland Air Force Base. Although it received scant media attention, the […]

 
 

Reframe the Guns Debate

Reframe the Guns Debate

On Thursday of this past week, Reid Wilson of the National Journal wrote an article decrying the lack of a national conversation on guns. My own most recent column discussed the same issue. Articles like those are necessary to highlight a major shortcoming of our society: Americans are not sufficiently […]

 
 

The Combat Ceiling

The Combat Ceiling

Hidden from public view, a cultural civil war is being waged within the United States military. The scope of this struggle was momentarily illuminated during the repeal of the armed forces’ homophobic “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which sought to prevent any service members from openly declaring a non-heterosexual orientation. […]

 
 

Mexico’s Foreign Policy: A New Opportunity

Mexico’s Foreign Policy: A New Opportunity

Mexico is currently undergoing a period of government transition: on December 1, the PRI returned to power for the first time in twelve years. In its wake, the outgoing government left a country with a sound macroeconomic environment and an expected growth rate of 3.8 percent for 2012. Despite this […]

 
 

An Election Without God

An Election Without God

The 2012 election challenged the religious conscience of America, and America won. Americans nearly elected Mitt Romney, a Mormon, for President and did it without senseless pleading to preserve “our Christian nation”. Somehow, fortunately, the religious fanatics who flooded the airwaves during Obama’s campaign in ‘08 were mute during Romney’s […]

 
 

Zombie City

Zombie City

Driving Detroit: The Quest for Respect in the Motor City by George Galster. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012. 328 pp. Urbanists across America—likely across the world—are familiar with the woes of the Motor City. Descriptors like “plight,” “blight,” or even “ruin” abound. Detroit itself has less than half the 1.8 […]

 
 

Teach Children a Sense of Entitlement

Teach Children a Sense of Entitlement

When dozens of students were caught cheating on high school graduation exams this summer, much of the media coverage questioned the level of pressure that students there faced to achieve academically. In the last few years, a number of books and the documentary film Race to Nowhere have focused on this question […]