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Why Republicans Will Vote for Trump

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Donald may be vulgar and obnoxious, but he’s addressing issues that conservatives care about. 

The Perils Of Executive Power

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, May 23, 2016

Unilateral actions by Treasury and Justice threaten our constitutional system of checks and balances.

Did Global Warming Cause California’s Drought?

by David R. Henderson, Charles L. Hoopervia Defining Ideas
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Climate change alarmists claim the “science is settled”—but that is far from the truth. 

The Right Cure To Health Care

by Scott W. Atlasvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

It’s time to instill market-based competition, empower consumers, and reduce the federal government’s authority. 

Transgender Wars

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, May 16, 2016

The federal government’s dogmatic and intolerant directives are stifling sensible local solutions to a vexing social issue.  

The Myth Of Progress

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

President Obama thinks the world is destined to become a more just place, but history proves otherwise. 

The Perils Of “Perfecting”

by Charles Hillvia The Caravan
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

“A Spectre is Haunting Europe” – again. Now, as in Marx’s proclamation, an idea generated in Europe has had consequences elsewhere that threaten modern civilization. Modernity’s world-spanning influence has been accurately and derogatorily labeled “Eurocentric.”

Solidarity, Liberal Democracy, And Eastern Europe Today

by Piotr H. Kosicki via The Caravan
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

In September 2015, eminent Princeton historian Jan T. Gross penned an essay entitled “Eastern Europe’s Crisis of Shame.” He wrote, “As thousands of refugees pour into Europe to escape the horrors of war, with many dying along the way, a different sort of tragedy has played out in many of the European Union’s newest member states.

The Rise Of American Socialism

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Obama thinks countries should adopt statist or market-based policies according to “whatever works” for them. He’s wrong. 

Harvard’s Final Clubs Debacle

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, May 9, 2016

Diversity, Ivy League style, is disguised totalitarianism that impairs student choice and leaves them unprepared for the real world.


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