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The Uneasy Legacy Of Henrietta Lacks

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, January 11, 2016

Demanding individual consent for the use of biospecimens will hamper life-saving medical research.

The End of Modernity

by Charles Hillvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Recent events suggest that the Westphalian state system and its democratic values are withering away. 

Beware Of Banking Animus

by Jonathan Maceyvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Populist proposals to regulate the banking industry will leave consumers with higher rates and fees, and a less competitive financial industry. 

End The 'Agency Shop'

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, January 4, 2016

The Supreme Court in Friedrichs should declare the abuses of public employee unions unconstitutional. 

The Stakes In The War On Christmas

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Secularists want to drive Christianity out of the public square, but their efforts will exact a sad toll on society.

The Real Cause of Campus Racism

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The champions of “diversity” treat students of color differently and encourage them to self-segregate.

Our Affirmative Action Mess

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, December 14, 2015

The Supreme Court needs to rethink its jurisprudence on minority college admissions 

Child Abuse And The Law

by William Sutervia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A recent Supreme Court ruling is a win for vulnerable minors and for common sense. 

Keynes Was No Keynesian

by Allan H. Meltzervia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Democrats who want to fix the economy with government spending for consumption ought to revisit the Cambridge economist’s writings.  

We Need More Guns on the Ground

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, December 7, 2015

If off-duty police and military personnel carried concealed weapons, everyone would be safer.


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