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David Satter's Russia

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, July 2, 2020

A review of 'Never Speak to Strangers and Other Writing from Russia and the Soviet Union'

The Costs Of Regulation And Centralization In Health Care

by Scott W. Atlasvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, July 2, 2020

What is the impact of the Affordable Care Act?

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Thomas Sowell, An Intellectual Giant

by David R. Henderson featuring Thomas Sowellvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

An American sage turns 90. 

Should Cops Get ‘Qualified Immunity'?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 29, 2020

The regulation of police abuse and illegal actions.

The Gorsuch Legal Alchemy

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 22, 2020

 Standard textual analysis doesn’t support the meaning he gives to “sex” in Title VII.

The Implications Of A Minimum Wage

by Lee Ohanianvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, June 18, 2020

$7.25 per hour? $15 per hour? What's good for the economy, and what's bad?

Black Livelihoods Matter

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

African Americans need economic opportunity, unconstrained by government regulation. 

Beware Of Tort Liability For COVID Cases

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 15, 2020

Reputational and regulatory sanctions are both cheaper and more effective.

The Lancet’s COVID Fiasco

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 8, 2020

A premature dismissal of hydroxychloroquine could well cost lives.

Just Say No To State & Local Bailouts

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The best way to help states with big budget troubles is to hold their politicians’ feet to the fire.


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