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The Futility of Gun Control

by Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

To stop mass killers, we should let people like off-duty police and security guards carry concealed weapons.

Podcast: The Second Amendment and Mass Shootings
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Ronald Reagan Is Alive in India

by Allan H. Meltzervia Defining Ideas
Thursday, May 29, 2014

Republicans could learn a lot from the election of Narendra Modi.

California’s Primary Dilemma

California’s Primary Dilemma

by Carson Brunovia Defining Ideas
Thursday, May 29, 2014

Jerry Brown’s clear path to re-election may be a disservice to the Golden State.

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The Case Against Reparations for Slavery

by Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

For true racial justice, let's promote the rule of law, deregulate the labor market, and embrace the charter school movement.

Podcast: The Reparations Debate
Do Chimps Have Human Rights?

Do Chimps Have Human Rights?

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Readers of the New York Times Magazine will have seen a photograph of an animatronic chimpanzee testifying at court on the cover of a recent edition. That chimp is supposed to represent Tommy. As the Times story details, lawyer Steven Wise seeks to represent Tommy in court...


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