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The Politics Of The New Deal

by Price Fishback, Valentina Kachanovskaya via Defining Ideas
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Did FDR use this sweeping body of legislation to gain an electoral advantage? 

Religious Liberty Under Siege In Mississippi

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, July 18, 2016

Recent developments confirm the creeping intolerance of the civil rights movement.

Education Reform Decouples

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Defining Ideas
Thursday, July 14, 2016

For years, the movement was held together by centrists on the left and right—but now it’s grown polarized. 

Berlin's Politics Of Appeasement

by Russell A. Bermanvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Brexit means that power has shifted to Germany—but will the country be a reliable ally against Russia?

America Is Not A Pure Democracy

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Trump and Sanders claim that the will of the people is at risk of being thwarted, but sometimes that’s as it should be.          

Hasty Judgment On “Institutional Racism”

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 11, 2016

Did the President's and the media’s inflammatory rhetoric on race motivate the Dallas shooter?

The EU’s Path Forward

by Allan H. Meltzervia Defining Ideas
Thursday, July 7, 2016

It could foolishly punish Britain or it could use Brexit as an opportunity to reform

Barack Obama's Failed Presidency

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

His flawed progressivism has led to discontent at home and turmoil abroad.

The Highways To Orlando

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

We ought to express unified outrage against radical Islam rather than blame one another for such attacks.

Trade And Immigration After Brexit

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 27, 2016

We need the free the movement of goods, labor, and services—but not necessarily of immigrants—across borders. 


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