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Making Health Care Great Again

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 16, 2017

Trump’s executive order marks a major advance over Obamacare’s statist failures.

Language: The Most Disruptive Technology

by Charles Hillvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, October 12, 2017

The e-revolution in communication is threatening the stability of the American republic. 

Israel And The Arab Turmoil

by Itamar Rabinovich, Itai Brunvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Jewish state is facing a new Middle East. How should it respond?

Gerrymandering At SCOTUS

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 9, 2017

Does a statistical theory make Wisconsin’s redistricting program constitutional?

Speaking Bolshevik

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Leftists are using PC language to indoctrinate people into “a single system of thought.” 

Milton Friedman: Old School Liberalism

by Milton Friedmanvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The root of most arguments against the market is a lack of belief in freedom—at least for other people—as a worthy end.

We Need Flatter Taxes, Cleaner Rules

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Trump plan is imperfect, but moves us toward a simpler tax code.

The Need For Missile Defense

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, September 28, 2017

America has been largely impervious to foreign attack and invasion. That’s no longer the case. 

Lots Of Cap, Very Little Trade

by Gary D. Libecapvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, September 28, 2017

There’s a market solution to climate change but regulators and special interests are getting in the way.

Farewell To Title IX’s Kangaroo Courts

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Betsy DeVos wisely reverses the Obama administration’s policy on campus sexual assault cases. 


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