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Socialism and The Constitution

by Michael McConnellvia Defining Ideas
Friday, August 28, 2020

Is the U.S. Constitution indifferent to the nature of the country's socioeconomic regime?

Is China An Economic Threat?

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, August 27, 2020

A look at the facts behind the political rhetoric. 

Assessing The Presidential Candidates

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, August 24, 2020

We should not let his character flaws distract from his policy wins. 

COVID-19 Confusion

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, August 17, 2020

Undue alarmism about the virus has led to sloppy thinking and flawed policies.

The Decline of Competition?

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, August 13, 2020

A meditation on monopolies and market power. 

Two Cheers For HUD

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, August 3, 2020

‘Exclusive’ zoning laws and ‘inclusive’ housing policies are in obvious tension.

Will Government be Permanently Larger After the Pandemic Ends?

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, July 30, 2020

The effects of COVID on taxation, spending and regulation. 

Portland Goes Over The Brink

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 27, 2020

Targeted federal intervention is needed in cities that have abdicated their policing responsibilities.

Socialism Vs. The American Constitution

by John Yoovia Defining Ideas
Thursday, July 23, 2020

The United States of 2020 does not enjoy the decentralized government envisioned in 1788.

Biden’s ‘Clean Economy’

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 20, 2020

The Democrat’s series of feel-good proposals will undermine climate safety.


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