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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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When Bureaucrats Stymie Science

by Henry I. Miller, Jeff Stiervia Defining Ideas
Friday, January 13, 2012

The CDC’s policy on the meningococcal vaccine wastes taxpayer dollars and threatens public health.

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The Death of Honesty

by William Damonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, January 12, 2012

The failure to cultivate virtue in citizens can be a lethal threat to any democracy.

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Will Iran Really Start a War?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

History teaches that the saber rattling of lunatic regimes should be taken seriously.

Elizabeth Warren’s Sloppy Progressivism

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Senate candidate needs a crash course in wealth creation.

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Iran on the Brink

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Friday, January 6, 2012

For thirty years, America has appeased the Islamic Republic, setting the stage for the current crisis.

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Why Do Nations Fail?

by Daron Acemogluvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, January 5, 2012

As Arab dissidents know all too well, it has to do with how societies are politically organized.


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