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How Socialist Is Bernie Sanders?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Democratic candidate owes America some answers

Federal Reserve building

A Cautionary Note On Price-Level Targeting

by Charles I. Plosservia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

A brief meditation on some strategies for the Fed

Furman, Summers And Taxes

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Our goal should be a less intrusive, less oppressive government.

The FTC Unfriends Facebook

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, April 29, 2019

The regulatory body goes overboard in seeking to fine the social media company $5 billion over privacy concerns.  

The Bonds Of Colonialism

by Terry Anderson, Wendy Purnellvia Defining Ideas
Friday, April 26, 2019

American Indians as Wards of the State.

Barr Trumps Mueller

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, April 22, 2019

The battle over whether the President engaged in obstruction of justice.

Wrong For The Fed

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Should Stephen Moore be on the Federal Reserve Board?

Taking Opioids To Court

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, April 15, 2019

Tort liability to redress past injuries will block sensible reforms.

Black Reparations

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, April 8, 2019

Endorsed by Democratic hopefuls, the policy is deeply flawed.

The Civic Education Crisis

by David Davenportvia Defining Ideas
Friday, April 5, 2019

What should we do and how?


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