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Conservatives And Constitutional Change

by Terry M. Moe, William G. Howellvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Constitution is a brilliant document, but it’s time for a more effective system of governance.

The American Character

by Charles Hillvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

With the nation fractured, here’s a summer reading list—from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Cole Porter—that emphasizes our shared cultural heritage.   

A Cautious Yes On Brexit

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 20, 2016

The EU’s regulations are simply too burdensome. A European common market is a much better solution. 

America In Free Fall

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, June 16, 2016

This election year has been defined by social unrest on race, immigration, campus politics, and countless other issues.

Orlando: An Act Of 'Shockism'

by Camille Pecastaingvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The word 'terrorism' isn't always the most incisive for acts of Islamist violence.

Illinois On The Fiscal Brink

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 13, 2016

Tax-and-spend policies have bankrupted the state, but Democrats refuse to accept structural reforms. 

The Dangerous Rise Of Scientism

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Blind faith in “settled science” has justified some of the worst horrors of human history. 

Trump’s Trade Fallacies

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

He fails to understand that both sides win when there is a voluntary exchange of goods and services. 

A More Modern Constitution?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 6, 2016

Our political malaise arises not because the document is outdated but because it is ignored and distorted. 

Our Outdated Constitution

by Terry M. Moe, William G. Howellvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, June 2, 2016

How our founding document undermines effective government—and why we need a more powerful presidency.


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