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The Biden Assault On Economic Freedom And Prosperity

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, October 21, 2021

The efforts promise massively higher spending, taxes, and regulation, along with harmful disincentives.

Supreme Court Commission Comes Through

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 18, 2021

A fair, balanced preliminary report fends off “court packing” and stresses term limits.

Labor Markets Don’t Need The Antitrust Cudgel

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 11, 2021

Competition is a better way to police them.

Why Is Health Care So Expensive?

by Daniel Heil featuring the work of Milton Friedman, Daniel P. Kessler, John H. Cochrane, Lanhee J. Chenvia Policy Insights | A Succinct Guide to Important Policy Questions
Wednesday, September 29, 2021

It is no secret that the nation’s health care system needs reform. Washington spends more on health care than it does on any other part of the budget, including national defense or Social Security. Why is American health care so expensive?

A Bill That Costs Too Much, Does Too Little

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, September 27, 2021

Biden’s “infrastructure,” a fantasy mix of taxes and subsidies, is a poor second to systematic deregulation.

How To Make Housing More Affordable

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, September 23, 2021

Governments need to stop restricting supply.

Biden’s Latest Firings Are Unjustified

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The president has no power to remove prior presidents’ appointees from key advisory boards.

Creeping Coercion Under The “Stakeholder” Banner

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, September 13, 2021

Corporations are pressured to ignore Milton Friedman’s wisdom in favor of dubious political and social goals.

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Milton Friedman’s Long-Run Impact

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, September 9, 2021

He made a profound mark on economic thinking.

Ukraine Finds Cold Comfort In White House

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

While Kyiv keeps Russia at bay, Washington also keeps its would-be ally at arm’s length.


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