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Managing (and Mismanaging) the “Covid Shock”

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, October 22, 2020

Governments have eased regulations with one hand and tightened them with the other.

Untangling The ObamaCare Challenge

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 19, 2020

For better or worse, the Affordable Care Act should, and probably will, survive the latest constitutional challenge.

Is There An Antitrust Crisis In Big Tech?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 12, 2020

Democrats in the House of Representatives come after the digital economy with an unwise, unfocused report.

Economic Savvy In The White House

by David R. Henderson featuring Casey B. Mulliganvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, October 8, 2020

A new book insists there’s a method to Trump’s tweeting on the economy, and explores a string of consumer-friendly victories for which the president gets little credit.

Our Socialist Future?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Political opportunism, historical amnesia, and days of crisis have rekindled an American infatuation with socialism.

How Affirmative Action Falls Short

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Only skills improvement—starting with better schools—can begin to close racial achievement gaps.

Biden Vs. Trump: A Snapshot From 2016

by David Bradyvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, October 6, 2020

As the campaign enters the homestretch, the Democrat’s lead remains narrower in the battleground states.

Leaving Socialism Behind: A Lesson From Germany

by Russell A. Bermanvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, October 1, 2020

Communist ideology doomed not only East Germany’s economy but also its political and cultural life.

Doing Justice To The Barrett Nomination

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, September 28, 2020

“Right-left” politics are no way to choose a Supreme Court justice. Nominees deserve to be evaluated—civilly—on their skill and professionalism, and their ability to navigate a complex legal environment.

Milton Friedman

Friedman’s Critics Miss The Mark

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, September 24, 2020

His clear, principled views about profits as the “social responsibility of business” still hold.


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