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James Q. Wilson

Professor of Management and Public Policy at UCLA, author of On Character (1995), The Moral Sense, Moral Judgement and other works

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On Character: Essays (1995)
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Character is not the enemy of self-expression and personal freedom, it is their necessary precondition.

1995 - from On Character
The most important change in how one defines the public interest that I have witnessed ... over the last twenty years has been a deepening concern for the development of character in the citizenry.

Sep. 1985 - from "The Rediscovery of Character: Private Virtue and Public Policy" published in The Public Interest
Crime is the price society pays for abandoning character.

Sep. 1985 - from "The Rediscovery of Character: Private Virtue and Public Policy" published in The Public Interest
There aren't any liberals left in New York. They've all been mugged by now.

In the long run, the public interest depends on private virtue.

1985 - from an essay in Public Interest
Without liberty, law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression. Without law, liberty also loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness.