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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.

Are We On The Verge Of Civil War? Some Words Of Reassurance

by Morris P. Fiorinavia Defining Ideas
Friday, September 28, 2018

Recent articles here and here by Victor Davis Hanson—my colleague at the Hoover Institution--paint a frightening picture of the United States as a country teetering on the edge of civil war.  In addition to being an exceptional prose stylist, Hanson is an active combatant in today’s political wars, so his impressions are understandable. As a data guy and a noncombatant, however, I am happy to report that the available data provide grounds for feeling much more sanguine about the state of our country.  

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Jill Lepore’s Slanted Truths

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, September 24, 2018

Her uncritical embrace of progressive theory does not survive close examination.

Trump Buries The Old-World Order

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A moribund global system meets a fitting end.

The Bezos Busters

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, September 17, 2018

The antitrust attacks on Amazon are an outdated form of liberal populism.

The Perils Of Compulsory Labor Arbitration

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, September 10, 2018

The Supreme Court should stop California before it sets a dangerous national norm.

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