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The State Vs. Zika

by Henry I. Millervia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Partisan politics, and government waste and abuse, are preventing us from combatting the disease effectively. 

California’s Needless Housing Crisis

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, November 21, 2016

In communities like Mountain View, bad government policies have led to skyrocketing rents and home prices.

The Nationalist Revival

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, November 17, 2016

A surge of populism in the Western world has posed a grave challenge to the international order. 

An Open Letter To Donald Trump On Foreign Policy

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, November 14, 2016

Diplomatic success depends on the prudent willingness to use military force.

Why Trump Won

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Friday, November 11, 2016

President Obama transformed the Democratic Party into a bastion of elite progressivism that alienated the working class. 

Worst Election Ever

by Allan H. Meltzervia Defining Ideas
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Democracy will fail if voters are uninformed, misinformed, and distrust their leaders.

Open Letter to President Trump on Domestic Policy

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Domestic deregulation beats foreign trade wars every time.

The Loyal Opposition

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, November 7, 2016

Our presidential choices are grim. But we must defend classical liberal principles for the sake of America.

The Unenviable Next President

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Monday, November 7, 2016

On the menu: record debt, racial division, chaos abroad, a health care system in ruins.

Environmental Pay-For-Play

by Gary D. Libecapvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Regulations and taxes will lead to a worse environment for future generations. 


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