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Inflation: What Next?

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, December 16, 2021

A closer look at a widely misunderstood measure of the economy’s health.

Biden’s New Year Of Living Dangerously

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, December 13, 2021

His Foreign Policy Is Adrift, His Domestic Agenda Ruinous.

The Road To—And From—Roe

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Abortion Case’s Weak Analytical Foundations Render It Vulnerable in the High Court.

What Are You Afraid Of?

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, December 2, 2021

Lack of fluency with numbers confuses people about the risks of shark attacks, police shootings, and COVID-19.

Witch Hunt Targets The Oil Companies

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, November 29, 2021

Price fixing is the least likely reason for high gasoline prices.

Railroad Regulation’s Poor Track Record

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, November 18, 2021

Reforms in the Carter years unleashed real competition, to consumers’ benefit. The Biden administration wants to roll them back.

Keeping Our Nation Secure

featuring the work of Condoleezza Rice, Victor Davis Hanson, Kori Schake, General Jim Mattis, Joseph Felter, H. R. McMaster, George P. Shultzvia Policy Insights | A Succinct Guide to Important Policy Questions
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

The nature of war remains constant, even while technology and people continue to change. How should the United States prepare in order to safeguard its national security?

Pro-Union Provisions With No Public Benefit

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, November 8, 2021

“Build Back Better” would transform labor markets for the worse.

Hawley’s Folly

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, November 4, 2021

Protectionism and central planning don’t create a bonanza of jobs and factories. They never have.

The Battle Over Patents

by Stephen Haber, Naomi R. Lamoreauxvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Familiar complaints about “trolls” ignore the intricate machinery that works to allocate the gains from intellectual property.


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