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Parties Vs. Factions In America

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, September 21, 2017

With its party system, America is the first republic to find a solution to the problem of ambition.

The Virtue Of Party Politics

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Partisanship plays an indispensable role in a democratic society.

The Fatal Allure of Single Payer

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, September 18, 2017

The ardent pleas of Bernie Sanders won’t make a socialist system work.

Diversity Can Spell Trouble

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Americans need to revive the idea of e pluribus unum.

On Trial: The Right To Try

by Henry I. Millervia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

We need more research before exposing terminally ill patients to unproven treatments. 

The Way Forward On DACA

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, September 11, 2017

Trump and Sessions should announce support for the program—precisely as it is. 

When Women Earn Less Than Men

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The reasons lie with personal priorities, not discrimination.

The Path Forward On Arms Control

by James Goodbyvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, August 31, 2017

We need a new ‘engine room’ with direct access to the president.

America’s Foreign Policy Crisis

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Leaders and voters can’t decide between isolationism, realism, and idealism. 

Free Speech In The Crosshairs

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, August 28, 2017

Does Charlottesville require us to rethink free speech? 


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