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The Flint Fiasco

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, February 8, 2016

The lesson? It’s too dangerous to leave public health and safety to the government. 

Lessons From California’s Drought

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The state implemented ideologically driven environmentalist policies that caused millions to suffer.

Enemy Of The State

by Mark Harrisonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

What was everyday life like under the Soviet police state?

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Why Fiscal Stimulus Fails

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, February 1, 2016

Interest rate adjustments won’t grow the economy, but overturning unneeded regulations and high taxes will. 

The Demagogues Of 2016

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, January 28, 2016

History shows that the Trump phenomenon is business-as-usual in a democracy––and as dangerous.

When College Radicals Obliterate History

by David Davenport, Gordon Lloydvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Suffering from ‘presentism,’ they want to remove vulgar historical figures from their campuses. 

The Other Drug War

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, January 25, 2016

The FDA should not have the power to deny patients risky but potentially life-saving drugs.

The New Sagebrush Rebels

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, January 21, 2016

There’s no recourse in history or law for rural westerners who feel marginalized by federal land policy.

When Salmon Tread Water

by Henry I. Millervia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The White House is more interested in political pandering than in science or the law.    

Why Democrats Could Win In 2016

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, January 18, 2016

Progressive populism is on the rise, and Republicans have not championed a compelling pro-growth alternative.


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