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The Religion of Environmentalism

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Friday, November 6, 2015

Those who worship nature long for a paradise that never was.

The GOP’s Tea Party Problem

by Allan H. Meltzervia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Freedom Caucus and Republican establishment don’t have to be at war.  

Abortion and the Supreme Court

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, November 2, 2015

The rational basis test should not undo the constitutional rights protected in Roe and Casey.

How Hunting Saves Animals

by Terry Andersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, October 29, 2015

The story of a ranch in Africa shows that killing animals can actually be a form of conservation. 

Native American Children: Separate But Equal?

by Clint Bolickvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A bizarre federal law intended to protect Indian kids actually threatens their constitutional rights and even their lives. 

Is Obamacare Sustainable?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 26, 2015

The marketplace’s uncertain response to the ACA suggests the program could unravel.

Let's End "Too Big to Fail"

by Kenneth E. Scottvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Step number one is making bankruptcy feasible for large financial firms.

Our Fickle Fed

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 19, 2015

An anemic labor market is the new norm and changing interest rates won’t do anything to alter that. 

The New Heroic Ideal

by Tod Lindbergvia Defining Ideas
Sunday, October 18, 2015

Glory in war comes not from fiercely slaying the enemy on the battlefield, but from saving the lives of others.

The War Over A Word

by Williamson M. Eversvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Bobby Jindal’s lawsuit against the Obama administration is ultimately about who has sovereignty over public education—the federal government or the states. 


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