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A More Modern Constitution?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 6, 2016

Our political malaise arises not because the document is outdated but because it is ignored and distorted. 

Our Outdated Constitution

by Terry M. Moe, William G. Howellvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, June 2, 2016

How our founding document undermines effective government—and why we need a more powerful presidency.

Tyranny Within The Administrative State

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The D.C. Circuit should strike down the authoritarian tendencies of the one-man Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Lessons From The European Welfare State

by Allan H. Meltzervia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Sluggish growth will continue until governments adopt policies that reduce regulation and encourage private investment.

Why Republicans Will Vote For Trump

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Donald may be vulgar and obnoxious, but he’s addressing issues that conservatives care about. 

The Perils Of Executive Power

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, May 23, 2016

Unilateral actions by Treasury and Justice threaten our constitutional system of checks and balances.

Did Global Warming Cause California’s Drought?

by David R. Henderson, Charles L. Hoopervia Defining Ideas
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Climate change alarmists claim the “science is settled”—but that is far from the truth. 

The Right Cure To Health Care

by Scott W. Atlasvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

It’s time to instill market-based competition, empower consumers, and reduce the federal government’s authority. 

Transgender Wars

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, May 16, 2016

The federal government’s dogmatic and intolerant directives are stifling sensible local solutions to a vexing social issue.  

The Myth Of Progress

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

President Obama thinks the world is destined to become a more just place, but history proves otherwise. 


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