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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.

An Open Letter to Trump

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, October 17, 2016

The candidate needs to shape up or step down to let Mike Pence take his place at the head of the ticket. 

America’s Civilizational Paralysis

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Our nation faces many existential challenges that our politicians refuse to address.

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Reform The Federal Reserve

by Allan H. Meltzervia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The central bank must adopt a medium-term strategy and give more power to regional branches. 

The Danger Of Empty Threats

by George P. Shultzvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

In the Reagan era, we believed in peace through strength, but we used that strength very sparingly.

Intellectual Myopia On Insider Trading

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 10, 2016

The Supreme Court should scrap its “personal benefit” test and affirm Salman’s conviction.


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