Author, policy analyst, AEI scholar


Charles Murray (author) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Charles Alan Murray (born 1943) is an influential right-wing American policy writer and researcher. He is most widely known for Losing Ground, his influential work on welfare reform, Human Accomplishment, a quantification and ranking of well-known scientists and artists and as co-author (with Richard J. Herrnstein) of The Bell Curve in 1994, exploring the role of intelligence in American life. He's written several other books on modern social issues and politics, and has sometimes written on libertarian perspectives. ..."

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W.H. Brady Scholar in Culture and Freedom, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
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Web Pages

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A Man, a Plan, a Flop, by David Gordon, Mises Daily, 23 Apr 2006
A review of In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State
"Charles Murray, by his own account, should not have written In Our Hands. He identifies a genuine problem ... Murray surprisingly agrees that a laissez-faire policy is better than his own plan. ... Murray rejects the libertarian approach because it is unacceptable to the American public. ... It transpires that he is not really a libertarian at all ..."
In Memoriam [PDF], by Jeff Riggenbach, ALF News, 2006
Biographical essay covering Joan Kennedy Taylor's varied career
"As publications director at the Manhattan Institute in the early 1980s, she shepherded a new book on welfare policy by a virtually unknown writer she had discovered named Charles Murray – a book called Losing Ground – from manuscript to national bestseller."

Books Authored

Human Accomplishment: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences, 800 B.C. to 1950, 2003
Related Topic: Achievement
In Pursuit of Happiness and Good Government, Oct 1988
Related Topic: Pursuit of Happiness
Losing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950-1980, 1984
The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life
    by Richard Herrnstein, Charles Murray, 1994
What It Means to Be a Libertarian: A Personal Interpretation, 1997
Partial contents: The Public Good - Removing Government from Economic Life - Tolerance and Discrimination - Permitting Revolutions in Education and Health Care - Protecting the Environment - Removing Government from Civil Life - Lived Freedom
Related Topic: Libertarianism