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Labor Law And “Takings” Clause Collide

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, March 29, 2021

In California case, Supreme Court must try to reconcile two antagonistic legal regimes that focus on access to private property.

A “New Deal” For Indian Country?

by Terry Andersonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

New interior secretary Haaland has a chance to address historical wrongs and promote tribes’ prosperity and independence.

What’s Driving The Border Crisis?

by Timothy Kanevia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The surge in asylum seekers stems not from problems in Central America but from political decisions in the United States.

The “Stimulus” And The Damage Yet To Come

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, March 18, 2021

The huge spending bill was worse than unnecessary: it revives dependence on government and erodes economic growth and freedom.

In The Wake Of Empire

by Anatol Shmelevvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, March 17, 2021

A new book offers a deep look into the tumult of post-czarist Russia, where anti-Bolshevik forces eventually came to grief.

Voting Act Doesn’t Deliver “For The People”

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, March 15, 2021

Most of the innovations in the proposed voting rights overhaul are both unconstitutional and unwise.

485 Days At Majdanek

by Norman M. Naimark, Nicholas Siekierskivia Defining Ideas
Thursday, March 11, 2021

A fresh translation, published by the Hoover Institution Press, honors a crucial memoir of the Holocaust era.

International Women’s Day

featuring the work of Elizabeth Economy, Jacquelyn Schneider, Margaret (Macke) Raymond, Amy Zegartvia Policy Insights | A Succinct Guide to Important Policy Questions
Thursday, March 11, 2021

International Women’s Day is a globally significant day in which we honor women’s social, economic, social, cultural, and political contributions. To celebrate International Women’s Day, we’re highlighting four of our female Hoover Institution fellows who are leading and transforming their respective fields.

Do Income Transfers Work In Developing Countries?

by Elena Pastorinovia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Designers of such anti-poverty programs must look more closely into how markets work.

“Systemic Racism” A Red Herring In Evictions

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, March 8, 2021

Only market liberalization can improve the lot of underserved populations.


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