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The War Against Airbnb

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 20, 2014

The company does a real service to visitors of New York City but regulators resent its entrepreneurial spirit. 

Podcast: The Libertarian: “Innovation, Regulation, and Airbnb”

The Politics of Victimhood

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Gabby Giffords and John McCain wrongly use their suffering as a political trump card. 

When Government Discriminates

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tax incentive programs pick winners and losers, distorting the operation of the free market.

We Need a Real Flat Tax

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 13, 2014

It will help constrain government expenditures and lead to more economic growth. 

Chaos in the Fertile Crescent

by Fouad Ajamivia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Iran, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia have stepped into the vacuum left by the retreat and disinterest of the West. 

Segregation in Texas?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 6, 2014

The Supreme Court should rein in HUD’s overly intrusive regulations. 

The "Moby Dick" Guide to Foreign Policy

by Charles Hillvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Herman Melville’s epic is a metaphor of and manual for American statecraft. 

Declaring War on ISIS

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, September 29, 2014

Does the President need congressional approval to use military force against the Islamic State?

America Stalled

by Morton Kellervia Defining Ideas
Thursday, September 25, 2014

The nineteenth century laissez-fair state gave way to the centralized behemoths of the twentieth century. Today, another radical political transformation may be under way.

The Ebola Scare

by Charles L. Hoopervia Hoover Daily Report
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Why is the FDA preventing an important drug from going to market? 


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