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America The Weird

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

If the United States were more like France or Germany, the West would collapse.

Senseless In Seattle

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, May 7, 2018

Progressive policies have divided a city that once was an epicenter of growth.

The National Parks Fee Hike

by Terry Andersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, May 3, 2018

If they are “America’s best idea,” shouldn’t we be willing to pay for them?

The Wasted Potential Of Federal Lands

by Gary D. Libecapvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The environmentalists of the nineteenth century opposed property rights—and their legacy is with us still. 

Miscarriage Of Justice At The SEC

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, April 30, 2018

The abusive procedures of the administrative state curtail the liberties of American citizens.

Stock Market Gyrations

by John H. Cochrane via Defining Ideas
Friday, April 27, 2018

The volatility of the markets is alarming, but it suggests that we are entering a period of higher growth.

The New World Order

by Russell A. Bermanvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The political emergence of Eurasia has major implications for U.S. foreign policy.

The False Allure Of Libertarian Paternalism

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, April 23, 2018

We should disregard behavioral economics for more traditional models of decision-making.

The Syria Quagmire

by Charles Hillvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The country is a roundabout where the world's great powers collide with regional players like ISIS.

Environmental Protectionism Run Amok

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, April 16, 2018

Too much delay in approving new projects often harms the environment.


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