Christopher Rufo

Former Director, Center on Wealth & Poverty

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Counsel of the Woke

Public-health experts have subordinated science to progressive politics.
America has reached an epistemological breaking point.

The State of CHAZ

Seattle’s autonomous zone has become a laboratory experiment in social justice as governance.
Seattle’s autonomous zone has become a laboratory experiment in social justice as governance.

Anarchy in Seattle

Antifa-affiliated activists seize control of a city neighborhood and declare an “autonomous zone.”
Seattle’s hard-Left secessionist movement has claimed its first territory: six blocks in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Wuhan’s Other Epidemic

Fueling America’s deadly fentanyl epidemic.
Most know that the Chinese city is the source of the coronavirus — but not that it also fuels America’s deadly fentanyl epidemic.

Economics in the Age of Trump

Policy maverick Oren Cass challenges the orthodoxy of “growth for growth’s sake.”
Policy maverick Oren Cass challenges the orthodoxy of “growth for growth’s sake.”

To Hell with Main Street?

It’s time to reassert the authority of we the people.
In times of trouble, Americans rally around a common cause. After Pearl Harbor, we liberated much of the world; during the Cold War, we sent a man to the moon. There was a shared sensibility that Americans were unified in pursuit of the highest ideals. But after some shocks, this sense of unity proves short-lived — and shortsighted.

Chaos by the Bay

San Francisco responds to the coronavirus with an experiment in lawlessness.
An odd pattern has emerged in San Francisco as the city responds to the Covid-19 pandemic. The world of the well-off has become tightly restricted by public quarantine orders, and the world of the poor increasingly resembles that of Mad Max — lawless, crime-ridden, and devoid of functioning authority.

A Rorschach Epidemic

Covid-19 reveals the immense variety of our own preoccupations.
The coronavirus has swallowed up everything. Its microscopic image — a grey mothball with small red crowns emanating from its core — is found in every newspaper, website, and television program around the world. Though the virus remains mysterious, it has revealed much about us.

Growth Without Virtue

The coronavirus reveals an economy that has lost its moral foundations.
The coronavirus reveals an economy that has lost its moral foundations.

The New Favelas

A West Coast experiment with sanctioned homeless encampments has proved disastrous—and Covid-19 might make it even worse.
A West Coast experiment with sanctioned homeless encampments has proved disastrous—and Covid-19 might make it even worse.