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The Case Against Reparations for Slavery

by Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

For true racial justice, let's promote the rule of law, deregulate the labor market, and embrace the charter school movement.

Podcast: The Reparations Debate
Do Chimps Have Human Rights?

Do Chimps Have Human Rights?

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Readers of the New York Times Magazine will have seen a photograph of an animatronic chimpanzee testifying at court on the cover of a recent edition. That chimp is supposed to represent Tommy. As the Times story details, lawyer Steven Wise seeks to represent Tommy in court...

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Property Rights Save the Environment

by Terry Anderson, Carson Brunovia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

When it comes to hydraulic fracturing, market-based solutions are much more efficient and effective than top-down government regulations.

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Why We Need Classical Liberalism

by Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Monday, May 19, 2014

Unlike those on the left and right, the proponents of limited government offer viable solutions to our nations most pressing problems.

Podcast: Defending the Classical Liberal Constitution
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America’s New Security State

by Angelo M. Codevillavia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Salus populi suprema lex: In the name of the people’s safety, the dictator’s will is law.


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Richard Epstein

Richard Epstein presents his classically libertarian perspective on national developments in public policy and the law. The Libertarian archives »

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