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The Fire And Fury Of Presidents

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, August 24, 2017

History shows that bombastic rhetoric is often less dangerous than silence and appeasement. 

Trump’s Flawed Protectionism

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, August 21, 2017

Hardball on NAFTA makes it more difficult to tackle China’s cheating on trade.

Will Robots Steal Human Jobs?

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, August 17, 2017

People fear automation, but better technology has historically given rise to more opportunities for work. 

A Grand Bargain On Korea

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Any deal would require abandoning the prospect of Korean unification


by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, August 14, 2017

“Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” the memo written by Google’s now-fired software engineer James Damore, addresses a taboo topic in modern American life—namely, sex differences that relate to the abilities and occupational choices of men and women.

The Benefits Of Nuclear Power

by Admiral James O. Ellis Jr. , George P. Shultzvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

It won’t solve our energy problems, but our energy problems can’t be solved without it.

Labor Lessons From Canton

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, August 7, 2017

The power of unions is waning in the United States. Is France next? 

Miracle At Dunkirk

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A moving film, yet one which fails to capture what was truly at stake. 

Russia Wrestles With Islam

by Robert Servicevia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Putin merely poses as the Muslim's world's best friend. 

Presidential Chaos

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 31, 2017

How many adults are there in the White House to keep Trump in line?


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