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Declaring War on ISIS

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, September 29, 2014

Does the President need congressional approval to use military force against the Islamic State?

America Stalled

by Morton Kellervia Defining Ideas
Thursday, September 25, 2014

The nineteenth century laissez-fair state gave way to the centralized behemoths of the twentieth century. Today, another radical political transformation may be under way.

The Ebola Scare

by Charles L. Hoopervia Hoover Daily Report
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Why is the FDA preventing an important drug from going to market? 

The Vogue of "Social Responsibility"

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, September 22, 2014

The government’s efforts to regulate good corporate behavior will backfire.

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The Recess Appointment Power Play

by William Sutervia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Supreme Court recently handed down one of the most important decisions of the last fifty years. 

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Richard Epstein presents his classically libertarian perspective on national developments in public policy and the law. The Libertarian archives »

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With its distinct intellectual assets and ongoing programs of policy-oriented research, the Hoover Institution at Stanford University is a uniquely distinguished contributor to the marketplace of ideas.

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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