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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. 

Yale Responds To Richard Epstein

by Tamar Gendler, David M. Postfeaturing Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 31, 2016

There is no conflict between free speech and inclusiveness.

Unaffordable Care Act

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 31, 2016

Obama’s totem has crumbled, and a public option will only make things worse.

The Alienated American

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The pretenses of the elite have driven a sizeable chunk of our population to withdraw from public life. 

The Wealth Of (Indian) Nations

by Terry Andersonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Many reservations are mired in poverty even though they sit on vast stores of natural resources.

Yale, Beyond The Pale

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 24, 2016

A great university becomes an unsafe space for free speech, and a safe one for intellectual mediocrity.

The Nationalization Of Congressional Elections

by Morris P. Fiorinavia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Today, people vote for a party rather than a person. Is that a good thing? 

Giving Israel Its Due

by Peter Berkowitzvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A new book offers a much-needed account of the Jewish state’s many achievements.


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