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Giving Thanks In Hard Times

by William Damonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Americans have plenty to be grateful for, like living in a country that cherishes liberty and opportunity.

Obama’s ISIS Paralysis

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, November 23, 2015

The safety of America, its allies, and the refugees depends on a ground offensive in the Middle East.

Are All Men Created Equal?

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Progressives want to redistribute wealth, but their ideas about equality are incoherent. 

America: AWOL in the Middle East

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The United State is disengaging from the region even though it continues to be central to American interests. 

Spineless Leadership at Yale

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, November 16, 2015

Great universities must stand up to campus radicals who hurl thoughtless accusations of insensitivity.

Helmut Schmidt, 1918–2015: A German ‘Macher’

by Russell A. Bermanvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A tribute to a chancellor of Germany who could get things done.

The Common Law in the Supreme Court

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Resolving modern disputes requires a mastery of principles too often thought of as obsolete. 

The Election’s Most Important Issue

by John H. Cochrane via Defining Ideas
Monday, November 9, 2015

Economic growth has slowed down. The question is what to do about it.  


The Religion of Environmentalism

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Friday, November 6, 2015

Those who worship nature long for a paradise that never was.

The GOP’s Tea Party Problem

by Allan H. Meltzervia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Freedom Caucus and Republican establishment don’t have to be at war.  


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Defining Ideas builds on the strength of Hoover’s research: publishing on-line the original work of Hoover fellows and affiliated scholars, as well as that of task force and working group members, whose scholarship lies within the fields of economics, history, law, and political science.

This online journal is the result of our concerted efforts to be part of America’s most important conversations, conveying to the public and to lawmakers an in-depth understanding of key public policy issues. Crucial to this effort is a commitment to develop enduring solutions for the challenges that face our nation and our world—in effect, to advance ideas defining a free society.

Throughout history, ideas have had consequences for the human condition, both beneficial and detrimental. The Hoover Institution’s working groups have been convened to promote ideas that advance freedom, peace, and prosperity. Defining Ideas is intended to illuminate the work of these groups.



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