Charles Murray is a political scientist, author and libertarian. Murray is the W. H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He first came to national attention in 1984 with the publication of “Losing Ground,” which has been credited as the intellectual foundation for the Welfare Reform Act of 1996. He coauthored “The Bell Curve” with the late Richard J. Herrnstein. Murray’s other books include “What It Means to Be a Libertarian," and “Coming Apart." His most recent book is “By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission.”
Charles’s Recent Stories
Economy Jan 02Column: Do you live in a bubble? These 100 communities do
The people living in ZIP codes in the top two percentiles include almost all of those who run the nation’s culture, economy and politics.
Economy Apr 20How two cities organized their elite enclaves
A handful of ZIP codes illustrate how very differently Minneapolis-St. Paul and the Washington metropolitan area have organized into elite enclaves.
Economy Apr 12How the new upper class perpetuates its status into the next generation
Charles Murray continues his exploration of the data from the bubble quiz.
Economy Apr 07Did you grow up in a bubble? These ZIP codes suggest you did
If you want your child to grow up clueless about mainstream white America, what are the ZIP codes that have the best track record?…
Economy Apr 04What does your bubble quiz score say about you?
What is the relationship between scores on the bubble quiz and the socioeconomic status of the ZIP codes where people live?…
Nation Apr 10Libertarian Charles Murray: The welfare state has denuded our civic culture
Charles Murray is no fan of U.S. bureaucracy. But cutting checks, he admits, is one of the few things big government does well. He thinks cutting bigger checks -- in the form of a guaranteed income for every adult citizen…