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How To Make Housing More Affordable

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, September 23, 2021

Governments need to stop restricting supply.

Biden’s Latest Firings Are Unjustified

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The president has no power to remove prior presidents’ appointees from key advisory boards.

Creeping Coercion Under The “Stakeholder” Banner

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, September 13, 2021

Corporations are pressured to ignore Milton Friedman’s wisdom in favor of dubious political and social goals.

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Milton Friedman’s Long-Run Impact

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, September 9, 2021

He made a profound mark on economic thinking.

Ukraine Finds Cold Comfort In White House

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

While Kyiv keeps Russia at bay, Washington also keeps its would-be ally at arm’s length.

What Drives The California Recall Election

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, August 30, 2021

Regardless of the vote’s outcome, the governor should reverse the one-party policies that drag down the state’s economy.

Fixing Economic Inequality

featuring John B. Taylor, Lee Ohanian, Joshua D. Rauh, John H. Cochrane, John F. Cogan, Michael J. Boskin, David R. Henderson, Daniel Heilvia Policy Insights | A Succinct Guide to Important Policy Questions
Monday, August 30, 2021

Is today’s economic inequality as grotesque and morally intolerable as many say it is? And, more importantly, will politicians proposed solutions expand economic opportunity for everyone?

The Problem With Nordhaus

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Friday, August 27, 2021

Economist’s insistence on a global carbon tax ignores other approaches to handling climate change.

The Dire Consequences Of Afghanistan

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, August 23, 2021

Biden’s hasty pullout, in defiance of military advice and strategic patience, has raised the odds of both local and global conflict.

Civics Education: Let It Bloom

by David Davenportvia Defining Ideas
Friday, August 20, 2021

The “weeds” of political clashes are less important than the “seeds” of a deep, unifying message of American citizenship.


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