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A Quiet Revolution In Property Rights

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 1, 2019

The Supreme Court recently gave landowners a powerful tool to upend state power.

Immigrant Remittances Are Private Foreign Aid

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Americans are free to give their money to foreigners if they wish to. 

Race Madness At Oberlin College

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 24, 2019

The behavior of the college and its students represents everything wrong with the modern civil rights movement.  

The Rent Is Too Damn Low

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 17, 2019

New York's "tenant protection" fiasco.


The United States As A Promethean Power

by Timothy Kanevia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 17, 2019

National Security of Liberty, by Liberty, and for Liberty.

US Money Ladder

Universal Basic Income, In Perspective

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, June 13, 2019

How should poor people climb the ladder to economic success?

Patrick Deneen’s Delusions

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 10, 2019

A misplaced attack on liberalism poses a serious risk to democratic institutions. 

Kamala Harris’ Salami Socialism

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 3, 2019

Her proposal to enforce gender equity will turn corporations into wards of the state.

The Case Against An Interventionist Foreign Policy

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

An analysis offered by an economist and classical liberal.

Judge Koh Is No 5G Wiz

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The decision in favor of the FTC and against Qualcomm is a disaster.


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