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A World Without Nuclear Weapons

by James Goodby, Steven Pifervia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

This is how we get there. 

The EPA’s Clean Coal Dust-Up

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

We need pollution regulation, but not the kind the federal government is offering. 

A Monetary Policy for the Future

by John B. Taylorvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, April 23, 2015

A steady and predictable policy will greatly contribute to the performance of the economy.



The North Korea Threat

by Peter Hayes, Chung-in Moonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The country has resisted diplomacy and endured isolation from the international community for decades and continues to build up its nuclear arsenal.

The Problem With NYC’s Landmark Preservation Laws

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

The fiftieth anniversary of the New York City Landmark Preservation Commission should be an occasion for reform, not celebration.

Failed States And American National Security

by Stephen D. Krasnervia Defining Ideas
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Governments are responsible for policing their own territory.

Getting to the Table

by Michael S. Gersonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The prospects and challenges for arms control with China.

The Problem With Antidiscrimination Laws

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, April 13, 2015

Markets, not government diktats, are a better route to freedom and equality. 

Podcast: The Libertarian: “Civil Rights and Antidiscrimination Laws”

The Return Of Traditional Values

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, April 9, 2015

What our love of Downton Abbey and American Sniper says about our culture and about us.

Combustible South Asia

by S. Paul Kapurvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The military relationship between Pakistan and India is a catastrophe waiting to happen.


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Defining Ideas builds on the strength of Hoover’s research: publishing on-line the original work of Hoover fellows and affiliated scholars, as well as that of task force and working group members, whose scholarship lies within the fields of economics, history, law, and political science.

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Throughout history, ideas have had consequences for the human condition, both beneficial and detrimental. The Hoover Institution’s working groups have been convened to promote ideas that advance freedom, peace, and prosperity. Defining Ideas is intended to illuminate the work of these groups.



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