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Setting Krugman Straight

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Times columnist's depiction of libertarian principles is a crude caricature.

Podcast: The Libertarian: “A Libertarian Moment in American Politics?”

The End of FDA Paternalism?

by Clint Bolickvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, August 14, 2014

A popular state-wide initiative called “Right to Try” brings life-saving drugs to terminally ill patients.  

Don't Ignore the Indo-Pacific

by Admiral Gary Rougheadvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Our Asian strategy shouldn't just be about China. 

The Pax Americana is Dead

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, August 11, 2014
President Obama’s reluctance to use military force abroad is a danger to world peace.
Podcast: Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy Failures

The Failure of the E.U.

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, August 7, 2014

European nations are revolting against the rule-by-bureaucrats in Brussels.  

"Middle-Out" Economics?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, August 4, 2014

Populists dismiss classical liberal policies at their own peril.

China Ascendant?

by Stephen D. Krasnervia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Will the country’s rise disrupt the international order the way Germany’s did in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries? 

Obama's LGBT Blunder

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 21, 2014
The President’s recent executive order represents a dangerous expansion of government power.

The Future of Driving

by George P. Shultz, Robert C. Armstrongvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

In the next decade, prepare to see driverless cars, electric vehicles, and other high-tech innovations on the roadways. 

When Government Violates Contracts

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 14, 2014

A new case reveals how weak property rights, government misconduct, and special interests lead to major social losses.

Podcast: LightSquared, the FCC, and Property Rights


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