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A Comeuppance For Obama’s Presidential Center

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, February 5, 2018

Chicago’s South Siders post a Do-Not-Enter sign in Jackson Park. 

Radioactive Trump

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, February 1, 2018

The President may be rude to the Establishment, but he’s empathetic to voters.  

The "No Platform" Brigade

by Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Disinviting speakers like Richard Dawkins is a form of censorship at odds with Western values. 

The Trump Growth Machine

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, January 29, 2018

Avoiding Keynesian landmines could make prosperity the new normal.

Trump’s Environmental Federalism

by Terry Andersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Centralized land management undermines state economies and local land-use decisions.

Is America Ripe For Tyranny?

by Morris P. Fiorinavia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Despite the alarmist commentary, America isn’t doomed under this president. 

What “The Post” Gets Wrong

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, January 22, 2018

Will the law on the Pentagon Papers really serve us well in cases like Edward Snowden?

The Organic Food Hoax

by Henry I. Millervia Defining Ideas
Thursday, January 18, 2018

The industry thrives by making fraudulent claims about the foods we eat. 

Can Countries Make Themselves Great Again?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

History shows they can—but only if they return to their singular values.

Is Global Warming A Public Nuisance?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, January 15, 2018

Cities file law suits against oil companies for ‘harming the environment.’  


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