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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.

Junk Obama’s Clean Power Plan

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 30, 2017

The Trump administration is right to roll back the regulation of carbon dioxide emissions.

Western Elites Take The Knee

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, October 26, 2017

It's fashionable to be anti-American these days, but patriotism plays a vital role in a democracy. 

Single-Payer Health Care Is A Terrible Option

by Scott W. Atlasvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Yes, everyone has insurance, but that’s meaningless when people are dying in line for care.

The Looming NAFTA Disaster

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 23, 2017

Trump’s outlandish demands could upend a vital free trade agreement.

America’s Forest Fire Problem

by Terry Andersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Environmental groups are preventing the government from managing its lands.

Trump’s Constructive Chaos

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Things look a mess because the President is undoing unlawful Obama policies. 


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