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The Hidden Dangers of the "Living Wage"

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, January 3, 2012

How government power chokes off private urban development.

In Private Enterprise We Trust

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

“Sustainable capitalism” is simply government regulation by another name.

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Obamacare’s Other Unconstitutional Provision

by Clint Bolickvia Defining Ideas
Friday, December 16, 2011

An agency uncontrollable by Congress, unreviewable by the courts, and virtually unrepealable.

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Auf Wiedersehen to European Unity

by Russell A. Bermanvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

In the aftermath of the Brussels summit, the continent is more divided than ever.


by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, December 12, 2011

Can Obama's progressive policies save the middle class from economic hardship?

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From Worms to Cyber War

by Paul Rosenzweigvia Defining Ideas
Friday, December 9, 2011

In just a generation, viruses went from being a novelty to a worldwide threat.

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The Euro & The Tragedy of the Commons

by Gary D. Libecapvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, December 8, 2011

Is it any wonder that the currency zone encouraged profligate debt?

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'Exceptional' America

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Is the United States simply one nation among many—or is it the leader of the world?

Eek! Environmental Visionaries!

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, December 6, 2011

It’s time to replace CAFE standards with a better mix of regulatory and market-based solutions.

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Keynes a la Mode

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, December 1, 2011

Was the economist truly a “capitalist revolutionary,” as a new book claims?


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