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Curing the Unemployment Blues

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

Deregulation is our last, best hope.

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Is the FDA Innovative?

by Henry I. Millervia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

An advocacy group, masquerading as a think tank, publishes a laughably inaccurate report.

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The Arab Winter Approaches

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

In Egypt, one tyranny begets another.

ObamaCare vs. The Commerce Clause

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, November 21, 2011

If Congress can regulate health care, it can regulate everything under the sun.

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The Voucher Revolution

by Herbert J. Walbergvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

By 2030, K-12 education in America will be completely privatized.

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Patently Bad Policy

by F. Scott Kieffvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Will crony capitalism triumph over entrepreneurialism? The Supreme Court will soon decide.

How the FDA Violates Free Speech

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The agency's graphic tobacco warnings are deliberately false and misleading.

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American Wonderland

by Morton Kellervia Defining Ideas
Friday, November 11, 2011

From global warming to the Tea Party, our political landscape is patently absurd.

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Liberty and Security: Hostile Allies

by Benjamin Wittesvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, November 10, 2011

We do not purchase one at the expense of the other.

Three Cheers for Income Inequality

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Taxing the top one percent even more means less wealth and fewer jobs for the rest of us.


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