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The California Conundrum

by Carson Brunovia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Governor Jerry Brown will win in November despite the state’s lackluster economic performance. 

The Kidney Crisis

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 27, 2014

It’s time to let people buy and sell organs on the open market. 

The State of Education Reform

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Defining Ideas
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Though amazing progress has been over the past three decades, we need to do more. 

The War Against Airbnb

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 20, 2014

The company does a real service to visitors of New York City but regulators resent its entrepreneurial spirit. 

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The Politics of Victimhood

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Gabby Giffords and John McCain wrongly use their suffering as a political trump card. 


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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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