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An Overlooked Key To Lower Drug Prices

by Scott W. Atlasvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Policies aimed at reducing costs must not restrict supply, jeopardize quality, or inhibit innovation.

John Paul Stevens' Gun Problem

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, April 2, 2018

It’s unclear whether more regulations will actually make a dent in the number of violent deaths.

The Rise Of Cryptocurrencies

by Jesús Fernández-Villaverde, Daniel R. Sanchesvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, March 29, 2018

The threat of competition from private monies imposes market discipline on the government.

Milton Friedman receiving the Nobel Prize

Is a Free Society Stable?

by Milton Friedmanvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The record of history suggests that tyranny and despotism are the normal state of affairs.

Trumped-Up Economics

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, March 26, 2018

Why is the President inciting a trade war with China?


My War With Russian Trolls

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

How Putin's propaganda machine takes on Moscow's critics.

Camouflaged Elites

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

There’s something dishonest about the way today’s privileged Americans comport themselves.

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Pension Abuse In California

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, March 19, 2018

A court battle over “airtime rights” that place a fearsome burden on the state treasury.

Restoring Civility In A Hostile World

by Russell Robertsvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, March 15, 2018

The polarized state of America is alarming. But what can ordinary citizens do?

The Troubled Legacy Of Dodd-Frank

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

New legislation marks a welcome first step in banking reform.


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