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The Shaky Case For Birthright Citizenship

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, November 5, 2018

The Fourteenth Amendment is more complicated than it appears.

The Destructive Consequences Of Socialism

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Trump’s CEA reports on an ideology that retards growth—and worse.

The Problem With Soft Socialism

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 29, 2018

The President's Council of Economic Advisors warns of the perils of collective ownership. 

A Chevron Revolution In The Supreme Court?

by David Davenportvia Defining Ideas
Friday, October 26, 2018

A new book proposes a rollback of the administrative state.

Environmental Law Without Property Rights

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 22, 2018

No government agency should be able to acquire lands critical for habitat at no cost.

Yes, Be Very Worried Over Growing Polarization

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Friday, October 19, 2018

Beware a fetish for 'data' and faux statistical exactitude.

Our Latest Global Warming Scare

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The new alarmist UN report features bad science and worse economics.

False Claims For Gender Equality

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

Forcing firms to add more women leaders will not lead to economic growth.

America’s New Jacobins

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The Democratic Party is turning rapidly into a radical socialist force.

Administrative Overreach, Enabled By Courts

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Gorsuch and Kavanaugh are right to challenge the Chevron doctrine.


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