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The Curious Case Of "Gary B"

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, April 27, 2020

Without alternatives to the public school monopoly, the courts are powerless to improve Detroit’s worst schools.

How To Make China Pay For COVID-19

by John Yoo, Robert J. Delahuntyvia Defining Ideas
Sunday, April 26, 2020

The more we learn about the origins of the coronavirus, the more compelling a punitive case against China grows. 

'Connected' In A Time Of COVID

by Bowman Heiden, Richard Sousavia Defining Ideas
Saturday, April 25, 2020

Will our altered habits of work and study outlast the pandemic? 

The Anti-Stimulus Bill

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, April 23, 2020

The CARES Act cannot properly be called a "stimulus" bill. 

The Governors’ Coronavirus Stranglehold

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, April 20, 2020

Authoritarian decision-making has catastrophic consequences for the economy.

Partisan Economic Biases In A Time Of COVID

by David Brady, John Ferejohn, Brett Parkervia Defining Ideas
Monday, April 13, 2020

The outcome of the 2020 elections will hang on present events.

Joe Biden’s Constitutionalism

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, April 13, 2020

His progressive values blind him to the importance of property rights.

COVID V. Capitalism

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, April 8, 2020

With all the mistakes by government, one thing that’s working really well is the free market.

The Problem With “Common Good Constitutionalism”

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, April 6, 2020
The case against "common-good constitutionalism."

Coronavirus Perspective—Revised

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, April 6, 2020

The evidence does not support our panicked inferences.


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