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Trump’s Bitter Denouement

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, January 11, 2021

His sorry ending should not conceal his administration’s real achievements.

Markets Work, Government Doesn’t

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, January 7, 2021

Nimble private enterprise has risen to the pandemic challenge. Officialdom has not.

George Shultz: A Century of Wisdom

featuring George P. Shultzvia Policy Insights | A Succinct Guide to Important Policy Questions
Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Over the past century, George P. Shultz has made an immeasurable mark on the world. He is one of only two individuals in American history to have held four different federal cabinet posts. He taught at three of the country’s finest universities, and for eight years he was president of a major engineering and construction company. With such a distinguished career in academia, business, and government, Shultz has lived through some of the greatest events in history and shared his knowledge with countless individuals.

Fannie And Freddie Revisited

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Friday, December 11, 2020

Takings law and administrative law cannot peacefully coexist in the Supreme Court.

Freedom’s Struggle In The Indo-Pacific

by Michael R. Auslinvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, December 10, 2020

With China increasingly dominant, nations seek their own paths between socialism and capitalism.

Nasdaq’s Diversity Distraction

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, December 7, 2020

Proposal to monitor companies’ boards offers no good reasons for imposing quotas.

Vaccines’ Last Hurdle: Central Planners

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Friday, December 4, 2020

Urgently needed drugs developed under Operation Warp Speed are at the mercy of officials working at “bureaucrat speed.”

Reasons to Be Thankful

by Daniel Heil featuring Edward Paul Lazear, Russ Roberts, Stephen Haber, Milton Friedman, David C. Mulford, Russell A. Berman, Michael R. Auslin, General Jim Mattisvia Policy Insights | A Succinct Guide to Important Policy Questions
Tuesday, November 24, 2020

This will not be remembered as a year of progress. From the COVID-19 pandemic to geopolitical tensions, it may seem as if the world is going backwards. But we shouldn’t forget that people in the twenty-first century are wealthier and freer than at any other time in history. As we approach the holiday season, let’s explore the many reasons we should be thankful, even in 2020.

Avoid The Pitfalls Of Student Loan Forgiveness

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, November 24, 2020

It’s even more than a problem of staggering costs and unfair taxation. Erasing students’ debts would violate the economic logic of making a degree pay for itself.

An Overambitious Climate Plan For Biden

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, November 16, 2020

Beware of environmental exuberance and its drumbeat of “crisis.”

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