Who will mind the public business? Our elites will. After all, busybodying is their job and their job is all they ever do.
Numerous fond, appreciative tributes to the late James Q. Wilson over the past days include fine reflections by Michael Barone (link no longer available), Heather Higgins, Yuval Levin (linking to Wilson’s collected articles for The Public Interest (link no longer available) and National Affairs (link no longer available)), Harvey Mansfield, John Podhoretz (linking to Wilson’s fifty-plus pieces for Commentary), Steven Teles, and George Will. R. Shep Melnick’s splendid review of the great man’s later essays, published awhile ago in the Claremont Review of Books, appears here (link no longer available).