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Death By Agriculture

by Jonathan Dalyvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Stalin's drive to collectivize farms was a historic disaster.

Truth Decay In Education

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Defining Ideas
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The emphasis on “critical thinking” is misplaced. Students need to learn the facts.

Steele Dossier Intrigue

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, February 12, 2018

The trail leading back to the Democratic establishment looks uncomfortably hot.

The West Needs Water Markets

by Gary D. Libecapvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Policy discussions must focus on property rights to allocate this scarce resource. 

Edward Lansdale: An American Folk Hero?

by Charles Hillvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Vietnam-era agent’s example should not be followed in the fight against today’s terrorists.

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.


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