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The Civic Cost Of Illegal Immigration

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Illicit entry into the U.S. corrodes citizenship—and respect for the law. 

Gorsuch V. Schumer

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, March 27, 2017

Trump’s SCOTUS nominee is a conciliator. The Democratic senator is not. 

Post-American World Order

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, March 23, 2017

As Russia and China rise, the days of unrivaled U.S. power are over. 

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How To Counter Political Islam

by Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
The Western focus on "terror" and "violent extremism" has failed. 

The Health Care Conundrum

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, March 20, 2017

Efforts to dismantle Obamacare will fail unless the GOP makes the system more efficient. 

College Classes In Name Only?

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Many high schools offer students courses for college credit, but it’s unclear how rigorous they really are. 

Mob Censorship On Campus

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, March 13, 2017

The First Amendment does not protect disruptive student protesters.

The Tragedy Of The Commons, Revisited

by Gary D. Libecapvia Defining Ideas
Friday, March 10, 2017

Politicians privilege the redistribution of fishery profits over property rights.

The Climate Of Word Change

by Terry Anderson, Kurt R. Leubevia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Political debate has been corrupted by doublespeak and semantic traps.

Trump Vs. Free Trade

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, March 6, 2017

The President’s mercantilism could undo the domestic gains from deregulation.


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