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When College Radicals Obliterate History

by David Davenport, Gordon Lloydvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Suffering from ‘presentism,’ they want to remove vulgar historical figures from their campuses. 

The Other Drug War

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, January 25, 2016

The FDA should not have the power to deny patients risky but potentially life-saving drugs.

The New Sagebrush Rebels

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, January 21, 2016

There’s no recourse in history or law for rural westerners who feel marginalized by federal land policy.

When Salmon Tread Water

by Henry I. Millervia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The White House is more interested in political pandering than in science or the law.    

Why Democrats Could Win In 2016

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, January 18, 2016

Progressive populism is on the rise, and Republicans have not championed a compelling pro-growth alternative.

College Students Flunk Economics

by Allan H. Meltzervia Defining Ideas
Thursday, January 14, 2016

They support Bernie Sanders in droves even though capitalism, not socialism, will increase their standard of living. 

The State Of Obama Address

by Bill Whalenvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

It was like his presidency: A lot of soaring rhetoric, only for everything to fall flat—very flat. 

The Uneasy Legacy Of Henrietta Lacks

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

Demanding individual consent for the use of biospecimens will hamper life-saving medical research.

The End of Modernity

by Charles Hillvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Recent events suggest that the Westphalian state system and its democratic values are withering away. 

Beware Of Banking Animus

by Jonathan Maceyvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Populist proposals to regulate the banking industry will leave consumers with higher rates and fees, and a less competitive financial industry. 


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