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The Great German Meltdown

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

When Germany resents and blames others for its own problems, disaster ensues.

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The Israel-Palestine Standoff

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, May 21, 2018

The Israelis were right to defend themselves as a two-state solution grows ever more unlikely.

Will Democrats Take Over the House?

by David Bradyvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Six months out, the signs are good.

Portrait of Karl Marx

At 200, Marx Is Still Wrong

by Russell A. Bermanvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Marxism was never about achieving an egalitarian society. It was about the pursuit of raw power.

Trump Is Right On Iran

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, May 14, 2018

The United States is no longer “leading from behind” in the Middle East.

California’s Common Core Mistake

by Williamson M. Evers, Ze’ev Wurmanvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The national standards reversed progress made in math, hitting disadvantaged minorities hardest.

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America The Weird

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

If the United States were more like France or Germany, the West would collapse.

Senseless In Seattle

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, May 7, 2018

Progressive policies have divided a city that once was an epicenter of growth.

The National Parks Fee Hike

by Terry Andersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, May 3, 2018

If they are “America’s best idea,” shouldn’t we be willing to pay for them?

The Wasted Potential Of Federal Lands

by Gary D. Libecapvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The environmentalists of the nineteenth century opposed property rights—and their legacy is with us still. 


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