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The Supreme Court And The Cross

by Michael McConnellvia Defining Ideas
Friday, March 1, 2019

Will the Justices jettison the Lemon Test?

Will Happer – Climate “Denier”?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, February 25, 2019

He’s argued that higher levels of carbon dioxide have had positive value for humanity. 


Who’s Afraid Of Budget Deficits? I Am.

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Taking issue with Jason Furman and Larry Summers

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The Farcical “Green New Deal"

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

This proposal is a grab bag of sophomoric policies designed to placate the radical left.

The New Nihilism

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Monday, February 18, 2019

The Trump-loathing American left has spiraled out of control.

Native American Heritage: It’s Not What You Think

by Terry Anderson, Wendy Purnellvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The ideas defining a free Native American society.

The Toxic Warren Wealth Tax

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, February 11, 2019

 “Equitable growth” produces neither equity nor wealth. 

AOC Versus Adam Smith

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Let us debate what billionaires do for America.

Elizabeth Warren’s Unconstitutional Wealth Grab

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, February 4, 2019

A tax can be so confiscatory that it counts as a taking of private property.

Photographic portrait of the “Great and Generous Leader,” Joseph Stalin.

Stalin Gets Another Hollywood Pass

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas
Friday, February 1, 2019

A film on the Gulag receives an Oscar snub.


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