Defining Ideas articles by Richard A. Epstein

April 14, 2014

The Many Problems With "Equal Pay"

The market, not the President, should determine how much women earn.
April 7, 2014

“Oligarchs United“? Not So Fast.

Weak property rights, not large campaign contributions, are undermining our political order.
March 31, 2014

Beware of Patent Reformers

In Alice Corporation, the Supreme Court should protect software and business method innovations.
March 24, 2014

The Wrong Way to Combat Poaching

A new regulation banning the trade of ivory unleashes unintended consequences.
March 17, 2014

California Snubs Free Trade

The state’s new carbon regulations could wreak havoc on interstate commerce.
March 10, 2014

Our Property Principle

Progressives and conservatives often forget what lies at the heart of America's Constitution.
March 3, 2014

When Our Government Commits Fraud

The executive branch has behaved duplicitously in its dealings with Fannie and Freddie’s private shareholders.
February 24, 2014

Minimum Wage Hype

The White House wants sharp increases, but that—on top of Obamacare—will kill jobs.
February 17, 2014

Reckless Unions

Pension reform could save cities on the brink of bankruptcy.
February 10, 2014

Rethinking the Contraceptive Mandate

The classical liberal case against the law is stronger than the religious one.