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The Essence Of Marxism

by Niall Fergusonvia Defining Ideas
Monday, March 2, 2020

A belief that the industrial economy is doomed to produce an intolerably unequal society.

Portrait of Karl Marx

Liberal Democracy Vs. Communism

by Peter Berkowitzvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, February 27, 2020

Why did communism fail and liberal democracy prosper?

A First-Rate Economic Report - I

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The big picture, the little picture, and everything in between. 

The New York Wrecking Ball

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Ordering a developer to lop off 20 floors from a new residential tower showcases the many problems of the City’s real estate market. 

The Sobering Implications Of Health Care Reform

by Lanhee J. Chen, Julius L. Chenvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Policymakers should consider the effects on the access to services and the quality of care.

Beware Of Faithless Electors

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, February 17, 2020

Don’t dismantle or radically reform the Electoral College.

Milton Friedman, An 'Elfin Libertarian' Giant

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, February 13, 2020

A response to the carping critics of a great economist. 

Rent Control Laws Are Unconstitutional

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, February 10, 2020

New York’s new rent stabilization law shows the peril of heavy-handed government regulation

Confine Presidential Impeachment To Criminal Acts

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, February 3, 2020

Impeachment is far too grave a remedy to invoke on the basis of a shaky case resting on highly partisan assumptions.

Why Was The Steele Dossier Not Dismissed As A Fake?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas
Monday, February 3, 2020

Political and media partisanship was the enemy of common sense. 


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