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Security, Strategy, And Values

by Russell A. Bermanvia The Caravan
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

ISIS terrorism in Paris and Brussels underscores the global character of the Islamist threat, but this should surprise no one, given the history of Islamist violence since September 11, 2001.

The Hidden Virtues Of Income Inequality

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, May 2, 2016

“Poor doors” and other forms of class segregation leave both the rich and the poor better off. 

Ben Franklin’s Guide To Making Friends

by William Damonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, April 28, 2016

As social isolation spreads, a new movement looks to early American history for a solution. 

World War II Amnesia

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

For seventy years, the war’s lessons guided U.S. foreign policy—but no longer.

The Title IX Juggernaut

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, April 25, 2016

The Office of Civil Rights’ campus sexual assault “guidance” is a miscarriage of justice.

The EPA Bows To Activists

by Henry I. Millervia Defining Ideas
Thursday, April 21, 2016

In Washington, politics and lobbying trump science at the expense of the economy. 

The Laws Of Human Nature

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

How we interpret the Constitution depends on whether we're optimists or pessimists about the human condition.

The Climate Wars Get Ugly

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, April 18, 2016

In a dangerous violation of free speech, politicians are hauling companies and “deniers” into court. 

Obama’s Unconstitutional Immigration Order

by Michael McConnellvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Framers adopted the Take Care Clause to ensure that the President is forbidden from making law unilaterally. 

The Public Pension Crisis

by Joshua D. Rauhvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Floundering state and local governments will have to turn to taxpayers to fund their retirement promises.    


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