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Progressively Bankrupt

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, May 22, 2017

States like Connecticut and Illinois desperately need labor market and pension reform. 

An Optimistic U.S. Foreign Policy

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, May 18, 2017

The world order seems to be unraveling, but America can stop the rot. 

No Exit On Health Care

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, May 15, 2017

There is no easy way to undo the Obamacare rules on community rating and preexisting conditions.

"America First" Then And Now

by Kiron K. Skinnervia Defining Ideas
Thursday, May 11, 2017

A political movement during World War II that would have been disastrous for the West.

Shaping The Greater West

by Adrian Pabstvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, May 11, 2017

We need a renewal of traditional Western leadership to counter the rise of authoritarian, illiberal rule around the world.

The Frayed Pillars Of Democracy

by Samuel Issacharoffvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

There is a politics of anger surging on the left and right that threatens the existing order.


by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Sexism doesn’t explain why there are fewer female engineers at the social media company. 

Beijing’s View Of The World

by Gordon G. Changvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

A model of global governance—made in China.

The West And The Battle Of Ideas

by Russell A. Bermanvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, May 8, 2017

Our educational institutions must instill in future generations the legacy of Western values.      

Making Sense Of Trump's Win

by Morris P. Fiorinavia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, May 4, 2017

It's clear that voters supported the Republican despite, not because of, his incendiary positions. 


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