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American Foreign Policy In Transition

by Stephen D. Krasnervia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Since World War II, American hegemony has led to peace and prosperity for most of the world. Now, the international landscape is changing. 

Podcast: “The Future of American Global Leadership,” With Stephen D. Krasner

An Economics Lesson For Bernie Sanders

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 1, 2015

Limiting consumer choice, as he wishes to do, will hurt the very people he wants to help.  

Why America Needs International Agencies

by Abraham D. Sofaervia Defining Ideas
Thursday, May 28, 2015

These organizations, flawed though they may be, enhance international cooperation and can help solve international security problems.

Tomorrow's National Security Landscape

by Amy Zegartvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

There are four key areas of threat to which the United States should respond. 

The Other Commerce Clause

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, May 25, 2015

The Supreme Court should preserve the national market in goods and services.

Podcast: The Libertarian: “Understanding The Dormant Commerce Clause”

Bureaucrats Battle Science

by Henry I. Millervia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In biotechnology, overregulation has stifled economic growth and human ingenuity

The "Income Inequality" Warriors

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Their policies will leave both the rich and the poor worse off. 

Podcast: The Libertarian: “Should We Worry About Income Inequality?”

Injustice At The SEC

by Jonathan Maceyvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, May 14, 2015

The commission is unfairly suing a private equity firm that is trying to save American businesses. 

Murder by Minors

by William Sutervia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Shouldn't the crime and punishment of juveniles be left to the states?

The Political Economy of Nail Salons

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, May 11, 2015

Yes, manicurists in New York have it rough, but workable regulatory solutions that improve their position are hard to find. 


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