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Immigration And The GOP

by Timothy Kanevia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The status of illegal aliens is and will continue to be a central issue of the 2016 presidential race. 

When Bureaucrats Do Good

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, August 17, 2015

The FTC’s recent policy statement on unfair business methods has generated an intelligent debate about government regulation.

The Conservative Heart

by Peter Berkowitzvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Republicans would do well to embrace the moral case for free enterprise.

Don't Strangle Uber!

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, August 3, 2015
Consumers love the sharing economy, so why are regulators trying to ruin it? 

The Shadow of Yalta

by Russell A. Bermanvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Iran deal, like Roosevelt’s with the Soviets, will weaken America abroad and give an archrival regional hegemony. 

Hillary Clinton’s Upside Down Tax Reforms

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 27, 2015

She fundamentally misunderstands how capital and labor markets function.

Obama’s Dangerous Rhetoric

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Our enemies do not believe the president’s hot air, which will only make the world a more dangerous place. 

The Truth About Western “Colonialism”

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Our careless language about imperialism breeds bad foreign policy in the Middle East. 

Obama’s Disastrous Iran Deal

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 20, 2015

It will increase the risk of war and terrorism in the Middle East. 

The Follies Of Income Redistribution

by Allan H. Meltzervia Defining Ideas
Friday, July 17, 2015

Progressives think that taxing the rich will help the poor, but only a pro-growth economic platform can help lift them out of poverty. 


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