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Let Them Bake Cake

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, November 27, 2017

The Supreme Court should end all totalitarian applications of state antidiscrimination law. 

Patent Respect

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, November 20, 2017

The Supreme Court has a chance to reaffirm the fundamental principle of separation of powers.

Invisible Slaves: The Victims and Perpetrators of Modern-Day Slavery

The Scourge Of Modern-Day Slavery

by W. Kurt Hauservia Defining Ideas
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Millions of people wake up each day to a life of forced labor, violence, sexual assault, and dehumanization. 

Technology And The Future Of War

by Williamson Murrayvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

In our time of unconventional conflict and rogue actors, the most advanced countries have the most to lose. 

The Income Inequality Obsession

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, November 13, 2017

When it comes to tax reform, look first to economic growth and then redistribution. 

Federalism Rediscovered

by Clint Bolickvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, November 9, 2017

In the age of Trump, the Constitution is safeguarding the liberty of Americans. 

The Year That Changed History

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

In 1942, a series of decisive events changed the course of the war, and the Axis powers lost their gamble.

We Need Corporate Tax Reform

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, November 6, 2017

Tax relief for the middle class won’t outperform a market with lower taxes and fewer regulations. 

On "The Vietnam War"

by Charles Hillvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Ken Burns’s carefully curated history of the conflict is deceptive and leaves out critical information. 

The Future Of Capitalism

by Milton Friedmanvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

It’s not possible to have a free society unless its economic resources are operated under a system of private enterprise.


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