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Shoot an Elephant, Save a Community

by Terry Anderson, Shawn Reganvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 6, 2011

By assigning economic value to animals, hunting preserves more wildlife than it kills.

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Reviving Memorial Day

by Diana Schaubvia Defining Ideas
Friday, June 3, 2011

What Frederick Douglass taught us about the holiday.

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Northern Exposure

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A prudent Canada shows up debt-ridden America.

Reforms? What Reforms?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Cass Sunstein’s regulatory fiddling.

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Exiting the Euro Crisis

by Charles Calomirisvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, May 26, 2011

Are the currency’s days numbered?

The "Fair" Trade Delusion

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Why won’t the president move forward on bilateral free trade agreements?

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The Year That Changed the World

by Charles Hillvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Islamists grabbed us by the throat in 1979. They haven’t let go since.

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Stop the War Against Standardized Tests

by Herbert J. Walbergvia Defining Ideas
Friday, May 20, 2011

They hold teachers accountable and benefit students. What's not to like?

Is Jerusalem Part of Israel?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Congress says yes. The State Department says no. So what’s U.S. policy?

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Regulation ad Absurdum

by Henry I. Millervia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Our bloated government agencies are hampering economic growth.


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