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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.

A Refresher Course On Free Trade

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, June 17, 2021

Comparative advantage—which neither Trump nor Biden understands—is the not-so-secret ingredient of prosperity.

“Forever Wars”: Our Hidden Shield

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, June 16, 2021

US involvement in African quasi-wars is vital to protecting the homeland and American interests.

Sorting Out The Global Tax Mess

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 14, 2021

This fiendishly complex system won’t be fixed by imposing a government tax cartel—or by trampling on the wisdom of the market.

A Pox On Retroactive Taxes

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 7, 2021

The Biden administration’s “soak the rich” move would distort the economy to no good effect.

Less Regulation, More Information: Better Results?

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, June 3, 2021

Easing regulation and allowing personal choice are always a good start. But there’s no guarantee that government information will be good information.


by Daniel Heil featuring the work of Jacquelyn Schneider, Amy Zegart, H. R. McMaster, Herbert Lin, Tom Churchvia Policy Insights | A Succinct Guide to Important Policy Questions
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

From pipeline hacks leading to gasoline shortages to disinformation campaigns during elections, cyberattacks are becoming a more frequent source of disruption in people’s lives. Finding the right responses to these attacks isn’t obvious. Can we take lessons from traditional warfare, or do cyberattacks demand an entirely different response?

Should Roe V. Wade Stand?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, May 24, 2021

The deepest divisions over benchmark abortion case break along constitutional lines.

Inflation: True and False

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, May 20, 2021

Why inflation is likely to rise, and why fears of “hyperinflation” and “stagflation” are overblown.

Calling Out Aggression In The Mideast

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, May 17, 2021

Claims of legal and moral parity cloud the public’s understanding of the violence.


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