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A Jewish State in an Arab World

by Itamar Rabinovichvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Israel is facing a new and changing regional order in the Middle East. How will it respond?

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Piketty’s Rickety Economics

by Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Monday, May 12, 2014

Our real problem is not income inequality; it is the lack of economic growth.

The Libertarian

Remembering Gary Becker

by Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Richard Epstein looks back on the legacy of his colleague, Nobel laureate Gary Becker.

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The Legacy of Gary Becker (1930–2014)

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

He used economics to help us understand human behavior.

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America: Founded For Peace

by Angelo M. Codevillavia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

How did our national-security state arise? What can we expect from it?


The Libertarian

Richard Epstein

Richard Epstein presents his classically libertarian perspective on national developments in public policy and the law. The Libertarian archives »

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Defining Ideas builds on the strength of Hoover’s research: publishing on-line the original work of Hoover fellows and affiliated scholars, as well as that of task force and working group members, whose scholarship lies within the fields of economics, history, law, and political science.

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Throughout history, ideas have had consequences for the human condition, both beneficial and detrimental. The Hoover Institution’s working groups have been convened to promote ideas that advance freedom, peace, and prosperity. Defining Ideas is intended to illuminate the work of these groups.



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