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April 21, 2014

Obamacare: Debate Over?

An old saying in the garment business goes like this: “You can’t make up in volume what you lose in money on each piece.” We could say the same thing about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. President Obama thinks that the sudden surge in enrollments to about eight million people means “the repeal debate is and should be over.” I don’t think so.

April 14, 2014

The Many Problems With "Equal Pay"

Last week marked the observation of “Equal Pay Day.” That day is meant to draw attention to how a woman who works full time earns “77 cents for every dollar a man earns,” as President Obama has put it. Though a detailed analysis reveals that the claim of a systematic pay gap is spurious, the President wants to enact reforms to decrease the so-called inequality in the labor markets.

April 7, 2014

“Oligarchs United“? Not So Fast.

This past week, in McCutcheon v Federal Election Commission, a bitterly divided United States Supreme Court struck down yet another portion of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCR


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April 22, 2014

Is the ObamaCare Debate Over?

Richard Epstein argues that ObamaCare’s enrollment surge can’t mask the program’s deeper problems.

April 16, 2014

Equal Pay, Discrimination, and Free Markets

Richard Epstein rebuts President Obama’s recent claims that women are the victims of pervasive wage discrimination in the American economy.

April 10, 2014

The Supreme Court, Campaign Finance, and Free Speech

Richard Epstein looks at the recent Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance and explains how a classical liberal should approach issues regarding political speech.

April 2, 2014

The NLRB, Unions, and College Football

Richard Epstein dissects the recent NLRB decision allowing college football players to form labor unions.

March 27, 2014

Hobby Lobby, Obamacare, and Religious Liberty

Richard Epstein examines the points made during oral arguments to the Supreme Court advocating Hobby Lobby’s challenge to Obamacare’s contraception mandate.

March 19, 2014

Understanding Property Rights

Richard Epstein discusses the historical background behind the US system of private property rights and how it’s endangered by modern legal developments.