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The Edmund Burke Of Maycomb County

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, October 8, 2015

Atticus Finch is not a racist; he merely favors evolution over revolution. 

The Moral Clarity Of Andrei Sakharov

by Serge Schmemannvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Soviet dissident was a nuclear physicist who ultimately renounced the bomb and championed human rights.  

Rethinking “Gender Discrimination” At Work

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 5, 2015

Jerry Brown and Sheryl Sandberg want to advance female employees, but their proposals will backfire. 

The Mob Is Coming For You

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Our society is transforming from an orderly republic into a wild and radical democracy. 

The Cardinal Sins Of Pope Francis

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, September 28, 2015

He is using his religious authority to pronounce on secular matters of which he has scant knowledge. 

The Trump Saga

by Marla Goodman, Richard Sousavia Defining Ideas
Friday, September 25, 2015

He may be tactless, but voters love that he’s a political outsider who wants to “make America great again.”  

The Dirty Truth About "Organic"

by Henry I. Millervia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Conventional foods are much cheaper, safer, and environmentally effective than their hyped up counterparts. 

Three Cheers For Political Incivility

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Pundits may find partisan rancor distasteful, but it signals a thriving and free democracy.

The Donald’s Dangerous Populism

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, September 21, 2015

He attacks the financial elites who keep the markets moving. 

Why Bother Educating Smart Kids?

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Brandon L. Wright quoting Eric Hanushekvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, September 17, 2015

While it’s important to help out low achieving students, it’s the most talented students who will lead our country into the future. 


With its distinct intellectual assets and ongoing programs of policy-oriented research, the Hoover Institution at Stanford University is a uniquely distinguished contributor to the marketplace of ideas.

Defining Ideas builds on the strength of Hoover’s research: publishing on-line the original work of Hoover fellows and affiliated scholars, as well as that of task force and working group members, whose scholarship lies within the fields of economics, history, law, and political science.

This online journal is the result of our concerted efforts to be part of America’s most important conversations, conveying to the public and to lawmakers an in-depth understanding of key public policy issues. Crucial to this effort is a commitment to develop enduring solutions for the challenges that face our nation and our world—in effect, to advance ideas defining a free society.

Throughout history, ideas have had consequences for the human condition, both beneficial and detrimental. The Hoover Institution’s working groups have been convened to promote ideas that advance freedom, peace, and prosperity. Defining Ideas is intended to illuminate the work of these groups.



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