Charles J. Sykes


Charles J. Sykes was a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is a well-known author who writes on education, welfare reform, free market economics, social trends, and privacy issues.

Sykes is also a senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, where he serves as editor in chief of the policy journal WI: Wisconsin Interest.

Sykes has a long-held interest in K–12 education. A sharp critic of the current education system, his writing and commentary provide thought-provoking ideas on education reform. He is currently working on an anthology on education reform.

Sykes is the author of several books including The End of Privacy: Personal Rights in the Surveillance Society (St. Martin’s Press, 1999); Dumbing Down Our Kids: Why American Children Feel Good about Themselves, but Can’t Read, Write, or Add (St. Martin’s Press, 1995); A Nation of Victims: The Decline of the American Character (St. Martin’s Press, 1992); ProfScam: Professors and the Demise of Higher Education (St. Martin’s, 1988); and The Hollow Men: Politics and Corruption in Higher Education (Regnery, 1990).

Sykes was coeditor of the National Review College Guide (Simon and Schuster, 1992). He has written on social and public policy issues for many national publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

In addition to his scholarly work, Sykes also is the host of the highest-rated daily radio program in the state, which airs on WTMJ-AM in Milwaukee. He also hosts a Sunday morning television show on the city’s NBC affiliate.

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Recent Commentary

Big Brother Is Watching

by Charles J. Sykesvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 30, 2001

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis suggested some 70 years ago that personal privacy—the right to be left alone—is the right we Americans value most. Alas, in the information age that right is constantly being eroded. By Hoover fellow Charles J. Sykes.

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Invasion of the Privacy Snatchers

by Charles J. Sykesvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 30, 2000

The Internet has made it possible for governments and corporations alike to amass an unprecedented amount of personal information on all of us. Hoover fellow Charles J. Sykes examines the preeminent issue of the Information Age—the end of privacy.

Big Brother in the Workplace

by Charles J. Sykesvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, July 30, 2000

Hoover fellow Charles J. Sykes explains why "employee privacy" is a contradiction in terms.

Beware the Brave New World

by Charles J. Sykesvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, April 30, 2000

You’ve got mail—and Big Brother wants to read it. Hoover fellow Charles J. Sykes explains why the government wants to be able to get into your computer.