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Compassionate Conservatism, An Idea in Tension

by Clifford Orwinvia Defining Ideas
Friday, April 22, 2011

Can a house divided between conflicting defining ideas stand?

Let the Rich Get Richer

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Income redistribution will not solve our nation’s budgetary problems

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Profile in School Reform: Terry Moe

by Emily Esfahani Smithvia Defining Ideas
Friday, April 15, 2011

The politics of education, and why technology will render teachers unions obsolete.

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Dodgy Deutschland

by Russell A. Bermanvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Germany's abstention on Libya raises some troubling questions.

Supreme Silence

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, April 11, 2011

Why did the high court's conservative majority duck a hard question in the Arizona Christian school choice case?

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Caveat Vendor

by Clint Bolickvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, April 7, 2011

Why are the courts hamstringing America’s entrepreneurs?

Wal-Mart’s Class Action Conundrum

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, April 4, 2011

Why employment discrimination and class action laws don’t mix

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A Democratic Middle East?

by Stephen Haber, Victor Menaldovia Defining Ideas
Thursday, March 31, 2011

Look to the region’s economic—and even geographic—history for a hint of its political future.

Stop the Football Merry-Go-Round

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

NFL players want it both ways—to bargain under the best parts of labor and antitrust law.

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Unexceptional America

by Ken Jowittvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, March 24, 2011

Well that’s what the president thinks…


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