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The Uneasy Case For Universal Vaccinations

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Serious medical and legal issues surround the push for mandatory COVID shots.

A Green Light For Russian Hegemony

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 26, 2021

The US-German decision not to block Nord Stream 2 pipeline clears the way for Putin to tighten his grip on Ukraine and defy Europe.

Clueless On Competition

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Biden’s inconsistent executive order should remove barriers to entry, not overturn standard antitrust principles.

How Can the Government Spur Competition?

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, July 15, 2021

Biden’s proposal is mostly a missed opportunity to get rid of barriers and let true competition emerge.

Trump V. Big Tech

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 12, 2021

Does the First Amendment insulate all claims against private parties?

Dispelling Two Objections To Free Trade

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, July 1, 2021

Not only do workers recover from market disruptions, but also lower-income consumers—not the rich—gain disproportionately.

State Budget Woes

by Daniel Heil featuring the work of Joshua D. Rauh, Lee Ohanian, Michael J. Boskin, John H. Cochrane, Richard A. Epsteinvia Policy Insights | A Succinct Guide to Important Policy Questions
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

State and local officials continue to face significant budget challenges that predate the pandemic. What are these budget challenges and what can state lawmakers do to address them?

A Bombshell Decision On Property Takings

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 28, 2021

Chief Justice Roberts’s opinion in California labor case may well upend American law.

Climate Disclosures And Their Stealth Mission

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 21, 2021

Investors neither need nor want a new covert regulatory scheme.


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