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Myron Magnet

Myron Magnet, editor of City Journal from 1994 through 2006, is the magazine’s editor-at-large. A former member of the board of editors of Fortune, he has written about a wide variety of topics, from American society and social policy, economics, and corporate management to intellectual history, literature, architecture, and the country’s founding. In addition to his many City Journal and Fortune articles, Magnet has written for Commentary, Wall Street Journal, National Review, The American Spectator, and New York Times, among others. He has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs. Of Magnet’s Dickens and the Social Order (1985), the New York Times stated: “Perhaps he will consider writing a sequel; even if it turned out to be only half as good as Dickens and the Social Order, it would be very well worth reading.”

Magnet’s The Dream and the Nightmare: The Sixties’ Legacy to the Underclass (1993) argues that the radical transformation of elite and mainstream American culture that took place in the 1960s produced catastrophic changes in behavior at the bottom of society that gave rise to America’s urban underclass. President George W. Bush told the Wall Street Journal that it was, after the Bible, the most important book that he’d ever read; Karl Rove called the book “a roadmap to the president’s compassionate conservatism”; Hilton Kramer called it “an indispensable guide to the outstanding question of the day”; and columnist Mona Charen deemed it “the book of the decade.”

Magnet’s widely praised The Founders at Home: The Building of America, 1735–1817 (2013) brings to life “the construction of a country,” wrote Richard Brookhiser in National Review, “from first thoughts to finishing touches—from the Zenger trial to the Battle of New Orleans”—through a series of biographical sketches that provide “the pleasures of biography, while putting us back in the texture and complexity of a world.” Magnet is the editor of What Makes Charity Work? A Century of Public and Private Philanthropy (2000), The Millennial City: A New Urban Paradigm for 21st-Century America (2001), Modern Sex: Liberation and Its Discontents (2001), and The Immigration Solution: A Better Plan than Today’s (2007).

Magnet holds B.A.s from Columbia University and the University of Cambridge, as well as an M.A. from Cambridge and a Ph.D. from Columbia, where he taught for several years, before joining the staff of Fortune. In 2008, President Bush awarded Magnet the National Humanities Medal.

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Advocacy Groups
  • More Humbug or Homelessness City Journal, Winter 2000


  • Architecture
  • A New Lincoln Center City Journal, Autumn 2000
  • The Cosmic Cathedral Diarist, Spring 2000
  • Monticello’s Shadows City Journal, Autumn 2007
  • Architecture’s Battle of the Modernisms City Journal, Winter 2008
  • How American Press Freedom Began on Wall Street City Journal, Autumn 2010
  • Hamilton's Shining House on a Hill Wall Street Journal, 09-15-11
  • Can We Still Build Real Architecture? City Journal, Spring 2013


  • Arts and Literature
  • A New Lincoln Center City Journal, Autumn 2000
  • The Monument They Deserve City Journal, Spring 2002
  • The Cosmic Cathedral Diarist, Spring 2000
  • What Use Is Literature? City Journal, Summer 2003
  • Monticello’s Shadows City Journal, Autumn 2007
  • Mr. Sammler’s City City Journal, Spring 2008


  • Business and Economy
  • Cut Public Spending To Save New York Forbes, 10-22-08
  • Alexander Hamilton Was Robbed Time, 06-22-15


  • Children and Family
  • A Sweetheart Deal City Journal, Summer 1998


  • Compassionate Conservatism
  • Compassionate Conservative or Cowboy Capitalist? City Journal, Spring 2005
  • Solving President Bush’s Urban Problem City Journal, Winter 2001


  • Crime
  • London’s Crime Wave City Journal, 20 February 2002
  • Mr. Sammler’s City City Journal, Spring 2008
  • What Is a Mayor’s Job? City Journal, Special Issue 2013
  • A Machete Attack Recalls NYC's Bad Old, Pre-Giuliani Days New York Post, 06-27-15


  • Culture and Society
  • A Sweetheart Deal City Journal, Summer 1998
  • Civility for All City Journal, Autumn 1998
  • The Monument They Deserve City Journal, Spring 2002
  • The Dream and the Nightmare: The Sixties' Legacy to the Underclass Book, March 1993
  • Modern Sex: Liberation and Its Discontents Book, November 2001
  • The Cultural Dimensions of Social Change Précis, Spring 1993
  • The War on Poverty at 40 City Journal, Summer 2004
  • In the Heart of Freedom, in Chains City Journal, Summer 2007
  • Monticello’s Shadows City Journal, Autumn 2007
  • Mr. Sammler’s City City Journal, Spring 2008
  • Bring Back Stigma City Journal, Summer 2011
  • Hamilton's Shining House on a Hill Wall Street Journal, 09-15-11
  • What Must We Think About When We Think About Politics? City Journal, Winter 2015
  • Alexander Hamilton Was Robbed Time, 06-22-15


  • Government Reform
  • Elect, Don’t Settle City Journal, Spring 1999
  • The Millennial City: A New Urban Paradigm for 21st-Century America Book, May 2000


  • Ground Zero
  • The Monument They Deserve City Journal, Spring 2002


  • Healthcare
  • MAGNET: Tea Parties Just Getting Started Washington Times, 03-31-10


  • History
  • Roger Starr 1918–2001 City Journal, Autumn 2001
  • The Monument They Deserve City Journal, Spring 2002
  • The Dream and the Nightmare: The Sixties' Legacy to the Underclass Book, March 1993
  • Monticello’s Shadows City Journal, Autumn 2007
  • Alexander Hamilton, Modern America’s Founding Father City Journal, Winter 2009
  • Conservative Revolutionaries City Journal, Summer 2009
  • The Obsolete New York Model City Journal, 07-21-09
  • The Education of John Jay City Journal, Winter 2010
  • Bracing Brew City Journal, Spring 2010
  • How American Press Freedom Began on Wall Street City Journal, Autumn 2010
  • James Madison and the Dilemmas of Democracy City Journal, Winter 2011
  • The Great Little Madison City Journal, Spring 2011
  • On Tyranny and Liberty City Journal, Autumn 2011
  • When George Washington Became Great City Journal, Winter 2012
  • Washingtonianism City Journal, Spring 2012
  • Conceived in Liberty City Journal, Summer 2012
  • The Americanness of the American Revolution City Journal, Autumn 2012
  • Tom Paine’s Two Radicalisms City Journal, Autumn 2013
  • What Would Shock our Founding Fathers Most About America in 2013 Free Republic, 11-18-13
  • It’s Not Your Founding Fathers’ Republic Any More City Journal, Summer 2014
  • Alexander Hamilton Was Robbed Time, 06-22-15
  • The Vision Of The Founding Fathers National Review Online, 07-03-15


  • Homelessness
  • More Humbug or Homelessness City Journal, Winter 2000


  • Law Enforcement
  • More Humbug or Homelessness City Journal, Winter 2000
  • What Is a Mayor’s Job? City Journal, Special Issue 2013


  • Legal Issues
  • On Tyranny and Liberty City Journal, Autumn 2011
  • Liberty or Equality? City Journal, Spring 2014


  • Love and Sex
  • A Sweetheart Deal City Journal, Summer 1998
  • In the Heart of Freedom, in Chains City Journal, Summer 2007


  • Medicare/Medicaid
  • MAGNET: Tea Parties Just Getting Started Washington Times, 03-31-10


  • Mental Illness
  • Deinstitutionalizing the Mentally Ill Forum, Spring 1993


  • Monuments
  • The Monument They Deserve City Journal, Spring 2002


  • National Politics
  • Solving President Bush’s Urban Problem City Journal, Winter 2001
  • Bracing Brew City Journal, Spring 2010


  • New York City
  • A New Lincoln Center City Journal, Autumn 2000
  • A Sweetheart Deal City Journal, Summer 1998
  • Elect, Don’t Settle City Journal, Spring 1999
  • The Cosmic Cathedral Diarist, Spring 2000
  • Architecture’s Battle of the Modernisms City Journal, Winter 2008
  • Mr. Sammler’s City City Journal, Spring 2008
  • Cut Public Spending To Save New York Forbes, 10-22-08
  • Alexander Hamilton, Modern America’s Founding Father City Journal, Winter 2009
  • The Obsolete New York Model Forbes.com, 07-15-09
  • The Obsolete New York Model City Journal, 07-21-09
  • Can We Still Build Real Architecture? City Journal, Spring 2013
  • What Is a Mayor’s Job? City Journal, Special Issue 2013
  • A Machete Attack Recalls NYC's Bad Old, Pre-Giuliani Days New York Post, 06-27-15


  • New York State
  • Cut Public Spending To Save New York Forbes, 10-22-08
  • The Obsolete New York Model Forbes.com, 07-15-09


  • NYC Economy
  • Cut Public Spending To Save New York Forbes, 10-22-08
  • The Obsolete New York Model Forbes.com, 07-15-09
  • The Obsolete New York Model City Journal, 07-21-09


  • NYC Politics
  • Elect, Don’t Settle City Journal, Spring 1999
  • What Is a Mayor’s Job? City Journal, Special Issue 2013
  • A Machete Attack Recalls NYC's Bad Old, Pre-Giuliani Days New York Post, 06-27-15


  • NYPD
  • What Is a Mayor’s Job? City Journal, Special Issue 2013
  • A Machete Attack Recalls NYC's Bad Old, Pre-Giuliani Days New York Post, 06-27-15


  • Obituaries
  • Roger Starr 1918–2001 City Journal, Autumn 2001
  • Fred Rose City Journal, Autumn 1999
  • Walter B. Wriston City Journal, Spring 2005


  • Other Cities
  • Let's Bring Back Stigma Because Anything Doesn't Go Washington Examiner, 08-04-11


  • Philanthropy
  • The Cosmic Cathedral Diarist, Spring 2000
  • Fred Rose City Journal, Autumn 1999
  • What Makes Charity Work? Book, October 2000


  • Policing
  • What Is a Mayor’s Job? City Journal, Special Issue 2013
  • A Machete Attack Recalls NYC's Bad Old, Pre-Giuliani Days New York Post, 06-27-15


  • Political Correctness
  • In the Heart of Freedom, in Chains City Journal, Summer 2007


  • Politics
  • More Humbug or Homelessness City Journal, Winter 2000
  • Elect, Don’t Settle City Journal, Spring 1999
  • Solving President Bush’s Urban Problem City Journal, Winter 2001
  • Bracing Brew City Journal, Spring 2010
  • MAGNET: Tea Parties Just Getting Started Washington Times, 03-31-10
  • Hamilton's Shining House on a Hill Wall Street Journal, 09-15-11
  • On Tyranny and Liberty City Journal, Autumn 2011
  • What Would Shock our Founding Fathers Most About America in 2013 Free Republic, 11-18-13
  • Liberty or Equality? City Journal, Spring 2014
  • It’s Not Your Founding Fathers’ Republic Any More City Journal, Summer 2014
  • What Must We Think About When We Think About Politics? City Journal, Winter 2015
  • The Vision Of The Founding Fathers National Review Online, 07-03-15


  • Poverty
  • The War on Poverty at 40 City Journal, Summer 2004
  • Compassionate Conservative or Cowboy Capitalist? City Journal, Spring 2005
  • Liberty or Equality? City Journal, Spring 2014


  • Public Pension Funds
  • Cut Public Spending To Save New York Forbes, 10-22-08


  • Public Sector Unions
  • Cut Public Spending To Save New York Forbes, 10-22-08


  • Quality of Life
  • More Humbug or Homelessness City Journal, Winter 2000
  • Modern Sex: Liberation and Its Discontents Book, November 2001


  • Race
  • The War on Poverty at 40 City Journal, Summer 2004
  • In the Heart of Freedom, in Chains City Journal, Summer 2007
  • Monticello’s Shadows City Journal, Autumn 2007
  • Mr. Sammler’s City City Journal, Spring 2008
  • The Great African-American Awakening City Journal, Summer 2008


  • Race and Ethnicity
  • In the Heart of Freedom, in Chains City Journal, Summer 2007


  • Race Relations
  • In the Heart of Freedom, in Chains City Journal, Summer 2007
  • Mr. Sammler’s City City Journal, Spring 2008
  • The Great African-American Awakening City Journal, Summer 2008


  • School Finance and Management
  • On Tyranny and Liberty City Journal, Autumn 2011


  • Taxes and Budget
  • Cut Public Spending To Save New York Forbes, 10-22-08
  • The Obsolete New York Model Forbes.com, 07-15-09
  • Bracing Brew City Journal, Spring 2010
  • What Would Shock our Founding Fathers Most About America in 2013 Free Republic, 11-18-13


  • Tech and Environment
  • The Cosmic Cathedral Diarist, Spring 2000


  • Underclass
  • Compassionate Conservative or Cowboy Capitalist? City Journal, Spring 2005
  • The War on Poverty at 40 City Journal, Summer 2004


  • Urban Issues
  • Solving President Bush’s Urban Problem City Journal, Winter 2001
  • Roger Starr 1918–2001 City Journal, Autumn 2001
  • The Millennial City: A New Urban Paradigm for 21st-Century America Book, May 2000
  • Let's Bring Back Stigma Because Anything Doesn't Go Washington Examiner, 08-04-11
  • A Machete Attack Recalls NYC's Bad Old, Pre-Giuliani Days New York Post, 06-27-15


  • Welfare
  • The War on Poverty at 40 City Journal, Summer 2004
  • Compassionate Conservative or Cowboy Capitalist? City Journal, Spring 2005


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