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The Immigrant's Dilemma

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, August 11, 2016

He comes to the West seeking a better life, but then gets ensnared by multiculturalism. 

The Left's Reticence On Islam

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Recent terrorist attacks have made clear that progressivism is a bankrupt ideology. 

The Blue State Model Has Failed

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, August 8, 2016

Despite what progressives say, higher taxes and tighter regulations lead to stagnation, not growth.

Are Trump And Obama Really That Different?

by Russell A. Bermanvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Friday, August 5, 2016

The two share very similar policy agendas: nation-building at home and retreat abroad.

The Energy Revolution

by James L. Sweeneyvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, August 4, 2016

Since the oil embargo of 1973, individuals, corporations, and other organizations have found ways to radically reduce energy use.

Millennials And The Military

by Matthew Colford, Alec J. Sugarmanvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

They are not antagonistic toward the military, as past generations were, but they appear to be fundamentally ignorant about it despite growing up in an era of continuous war.

The Poverty Of Progressivism

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, August 1, 2016

Four more years of Democratic rule is the path to economic stagnation and social discontent. 

Lies Politicians Tell Us

by Allan H. Meltzervia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Clinton, Trump, the Obama administration, and the media—all are guilty of obfuscation, deceit, and dishonesty.  

Argentina Redux?

by Charles I. Plosservia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Congress is undermining the Federal Reserve’s independence by using it as a piggy bank.

Are Voter ID Laws Racist?

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

Requiring individuals to show picture identification—a minimal burden—is a valid way to prevent fraud.


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