Jim Manzi (software entrepreneur)

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Jim Manzi
Born1963 (age 56–57)
Alma materWharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
OccupationChairman of
Applied Predictive Technologies
Political partyIndependent

James Manzi (/ˈmænzi/; born 1963) is an American political commentator. He is the founder and chairman of Applied Predictive Technologies (a business analytics firm), a contributing editor at National Review, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and a contributor to a variety of blogs.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Manzi graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984 with a B.S. in mathematics. He was also awarded a Dean's Fellowship in statistics to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania as one of the eight top matriculants to the business school's doctoral programs.[2]


After college, Manzi joined AT&T Laboratories and oversaw the development of PC-based pattern recognition software in their Data Networks division.[2] In 1999, he left and joined Anthony Bruce and Scott Setrakian in founding Applied Predictive Technologies, a business analytics company.[3] Manzi served as CEO until 2008, at which point he was named Executive Chairman.[4] He is also a senior fellow at Manhattan Institute and editor of National Review.[5]

Political views and commentary[edit]

Manzi has written articles for a variety of political publications including the New York Post, The Weekly Standard, The Atlantic, and Slate.

Manzi cites Sir Francis Bacon's New Method as a significant inspiration for and influence on his book Uncontrolled: the Surprising Power of Trial and Error for Business, Politics, and Society, saying of it, "there are an incredible array of insights in that book but one of the most fundamental is his argument that we have a tendency to jump to conclusions, that we see patterns in nature and believe we’ve found what we would call today causal rules, but we’re kidding ourselves."[6] Bacon's idea underpins Manzi's thesis that trial and error plays a significant role in helping companies and societies adapt and progress.

He has also contributed to the blogs of those publications and others, such as The American Scene, Andrew Sullivan's The Daily Dish, and National Review's The Corner.[1] David Brooks identified him as one of the "reformers" within the Republican Party,[7] and later noted Manzi's National Affairs article Keeping America's Edge as one of the best magazine essays of 2009.[8]

Specific positions[edit]

Manzi has written about climate change, prominently in a controversial National Review cover article in which he argued that conservatives should stop denying global warming is happening,[9] which Rush Limbaugh attacked.[10] He has said that while climate change may be a real phenomenon, the current evidence does not justify the economic costs required to reduce carbon emissions.[11] In writing about the future of the Republican Party, he has argued that the primary challenge for conservatives is to "continue to increase the market orientation of the American economy while helping more Americans to participate in it more equally".[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Manhattan Institute Scholar James Manzi". Retrieved 16 December 2009.
  2. ^ a b "APT Management". Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  3. ^ Manzi, Jim. Uncontrolled. New York: 2012.
  4. ^ "APT Management". Retrieved 16 December 2009.
  5. ^ "National Review". Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  6. ^ http://conversationswithbillkristol.org/video/jim-manzi/
  7. ^ Brooks, David (10 November 2008). "Darkness at Dusk". The New York Times.
  8. ^ Brooks, David (28 December 2009). "The Sidney Awards II". The New York Times.
  9. ^ Manzi, James (25 June 2007). "Game Plan". The National Review.
  10. ^ "Follow the Global Warming Money". The Rush Limbaugh Show, Transcript. 29 June 2007. Retrieved 22 December 2009.
  11. ^ "Six questions for Jim Manzi". The Economist. 29 August 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2009.
  12. ^ "What should the GOP do now?". 5 November 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2009.

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