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The Revolt Of The Masses

by Morris P. Fiorinavia Defining Ideas
Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Democrats are not only losing white working class men—the white middle class is slipping away as well. 

Why Socialism Fails

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Soviet disaster shows that modern economies are too complex to plan. 

The Labor Market Resurgence

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Deregulation, consistently applied, produces large gains.

A New Year's Toast To The Old Breed

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Sunday, December 31, 2017

The veterans of World War II gave us a far better world than they inherited. 

Restoring Tribal Economies

by Terry Anderson, Wendy Purnellvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Colonial-era policies and paternalism distort markets on Native American reservations. 

The Internet Executioner

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

From the Russia probe to sexual abuse, individuals are guilty before facts are checked. 

Trump's Mixed Report Card

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, December 18, 2017

Fortunately, the president’s subordinates are undoing many misguided Obama initiatives.

Who Leads The West: Trump Or Merkel?

by Russell A. Bermanvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, December 14, 2017

The constitutional cultures of America and Germany differ markedly­—one prizes individual liberty while the other emphasizes the rational state. 

Trump, One Year Later

by David Bradyvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Independent voters are essential to Republican electoral success, but Trump has lost some support among them. 

California’s Single-Family Home Gridlock

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, December 11, 2017

Land-use regulations have led to shortages and exorbitant housing costs. 


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