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New York’s Pipeline Fiasco

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 28, 2019

The seeds of the current crisis lie in our perverse system of permit approvals.

Two Pyrrhic Union Victories

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 21, 2019

Costly strikes in the Chicago Public Schools and at General Motors stem from a failed model of labor relations.

Trump’s Economic Policies: An Assessment, Part-1

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, October 17, 2019

In this essay: What the president has done right. 

Elizabeth Warren, Corporate Bully

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 14, 2019

Her demand-letter to Jamie Dimon is a foretaste of her imperial presidential style. 

A Climate Change Emergency?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 7, 2019

There is simply no evidence of an impending climate emergency.

How The Jones Act Harms America

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 7, 2019

A century-old protectionist law that inflicts economic harm.

A Ludicrous Impeachment Charge

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Sunday, September 29, 2019

The Democrats' grievances against Trump should be resolved on election day.

Meritocracy Is Not The Problem

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, September 23, 2019

New York City’s public school system needs weaker unions and more excellence. 

How Not To Teach American History

by David Davenport, Gordon Lloydvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The importance of civics in American education

The Balance Sheet Of Supply Side Economics

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

A crucial policy battle that endures to this day


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