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The Folly Of "Fair" Housing

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

The federal government’s new affirmative action program will wreak havoc on local markets. 

A Nonproliferation Regime For The 21st Century

by James Goodby, Steven Pifervia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
We need new strategies to contain the spread of nuclear weapons.  

Raisin' A Raw Deal

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 6, 2015

A recent Supreme Court decision missed the chance to kill a corrupt New Deal farm program.

When Bureaucrats Get Away With Murder

by Henry I. Millervia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Regulations may be well intentioned, but their costs can be devastating and even life-threatening.

Remembering Fouad Ajami

by Samuel Tadrosvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Historian, American, Arab—and Citizen of the World.

Hard Questions On Same-Sex Marriage

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 29, 2015

Opposition to gay unions has been swept away. Will religious rights go next?

The High Price Of Environmental Regulations

by Gary D. Libecapvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, June 25, 2015

The poor often are disproportionately harmed by policies supported chiefly by the rich. 

Hillary Clinton VS. Free Trade

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 22, 2015

Republicans and President Obama want an agreement that labor and environmental groups unwisely reject. 

Islam Through The Looking Glass

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Westerners fundamentally misunderstand the religion that motivates the jihadists. 

The Battle Over Jerusalem

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 15, 2015

The Supreme Court weighs in on whether the President or Congress takes the lead in foreign policy. 


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