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Title IX or Bust

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, February 7, 2012

At Yale, one student learns that universities are trapped by their federal grants.

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The Car Insurance Model

by Scott W. Atlasvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, February 2, 2012

We need to hold individuals accountable for reckless, voluntary behaviors that drive up the cost of healthcare.

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Post-Sovereign Europe?

by Kori Schakevia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

There can be no "solidarity" without a loss of national greatness.

The Libertarian Gun Fallacy

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Second Amendment imposes no limitations on states.

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Will Newt Neuter the Courts?

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Why is the liberty-loving presidential candidate taking his cues from FDR?

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Iraq After America

by Colonel Joel Rayburnvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

2012 promises to be a stormy year for the beleaguered country.

No ‘Sachs Appeal’

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Columbia professor’s misconceptions tarnish the tradition of libertarianism.

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The Bright Side of British Colonialism

by Gary D. Libecapvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, January 19, 2012

English institutions—the common law, property rights, and banking—led to economic growth in the colonies.

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The 'Commerce Clause Mandate'

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Obamacare will test the Supreme Court's devotion to individual liberty.

Death by Wealth Tax

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Egalitarian impulses will sink our struggling economy.


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