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The Vexing Virtue

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, September 1, 2011

In a new book, Eric Felten offers a charming and erudite account of loyalty.

The Perils of Price Controls

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Why is there a shortage of cancer drugs in the United States?

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Five Myths About Social Security and Medicare

by Charles Blahousvia Defining Ideas
Friday, August 26, 2011

The national discussion on entitlement programs is dazed and confused.

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Can Google Make Non-Violence Cool?

by Jessica Sternvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, August 25, 2011

The company’s new ‘think/do tank’ aims to steer youth away from terrorism and gangs.

How Is Warren Buffett Like the Pope?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

They are both dead wrong on economic policy.

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The United States of Entitlements

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, August 18, 2011

The 2012 presidential election will be a referendum on democracy.

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A Perfect Enemy

by Nibras Kazimivia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Syria through jihadist eyes.

Collective Bargaining = Collective Suicide

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Verizon’s picketing employees will suffer a shattering defeat on the issue of give-backs.

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Fishy Legislation

by Henry I. Miller, Jeff Stiervia Defining Ideas
Friday, August 12, 2011

An uphill swim for genetically modified salmon.

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Obama Versus Obama

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, August 11, 2011

The president has lost his credibility. No wonder the public is tuning him out.


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