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An Era of Tenuous Majorities

by Morris P. Fiorinavia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The United States is currently experiencing an almost unprecedented period of electoral instability. Why?

Berkeley Betrays Due Process Again

by Peter Berkowitzvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The school’s Kafkaesque response to a sexual harassment allegation has unjustly tarnished a respected professor. 

New York’s Self-Inflicted Housing Crunch

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, September 5, 2016

Developers who want to build new and better buildings face crazy restrictions.

Make Our National Parks Self-Sufficient

by Terry Andersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, September 1, 2016

Early on, the parks were managed autonomously and entrepreneurially—which is precisely what they need today to thrive. 

Mortgaging Our Low Interest Future

by Allan H. Meltzervia Defining Ideas
Thursday, September 1, 2016

Rather than wait for a crisis to upend the market, we need to act now to reduce government debts and deficits.

The Triumph Of “Basic Science”

by Henry I. Millervia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

We should support good research even it doesn’t immediately offer clear benefits to society 

Graduate Students As Protected “Employees”

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, August 29, 2016

Government regulations may ruin America’s great research universities.

What Infrastructure Crisis?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Despite what Clinton and Trump may say, the United States does not need more publicly-funded projects. 

Our Regulator-In-Chief

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, August 15, 2016

To the man who wields the executive pen, the benefits of regulation always outstrip its costs.

The Immigrant's Dilemma

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, August 11, 2016

He comes to the West seeking a better life, but then gets ensnared by multiculturalism. 


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