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Stopping Another Charlie Hebdo

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, January 12, 2015

The West must once more embrace a Pax Americana by meeting force with even greater force.

Podcast: The Libertarian Podcast--“Terrorism and Free Speech”

The Obamacare Election

by Scott W. Atlasvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The law is restricting treatment options, especially for poor and middle class families. 

The Elusive Two-State Solution

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, January 5, 2015

Israeli–Palestinian relations have stalemated to today’s intolerable status quo. 

The Contradiction That Rules Feminism

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, December 18, 2014

Are women strong and independent or weak and vulnerable? Feminists can’t decide.

Overhyping ISIS

by Camille Pecastaingvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Middle East is experiencing a major transformation, of which radicalism is only a symptom.  

Making Sense of The Torture Report

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, December 15, 2014

The Senate report, for all its flaws, reveals unpleasant truths about America’s interrogation policies.

The Ambiguous Fourth Amendment

by William Sutervia Defining Ideas
Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Supreme Court should help simplify “search and seizure” law. 

The Fatal Conceit of Jonathan Gruber

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The economist’s reliance on “science” and “expertise”—and his disdain for the common man—recall the state planners of the Soviet Union.

The Way Forward On Police Reform

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, December 8, 2014

Bitter opposition between the police and protestors reduces the prospects of meaningful changes. 

The End of Feminism

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The new college sex codes do more to infantilize women than to empower them. 


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