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‘The Best Place in the World’

It’s summer camp, a phenomenon invented by a Prussian and now quintessentially American. AMITY SHLAES remembers Camp Martin Johnson and has the scar to prove it.

Fair Trade with 17th-Century Portugal

A new exhibit shows how the then-powerful empire shaped its world.

Absolut Capitalism

The Swedes are selling off the most famous government-owned business in the world—the vodka that created a marketing revolution. And you thought they were socialists.

The Human Factor

Drug abuse causes hundreds of billions of dollars in economic losses and untold personal heartache. How to limit the damage? SALLY SATEL suggests we start by ditching the ‘brain disease’ model that’s popular with scientists and focus on treating addicts as people with the power to reshape their own lives. Despite its own prejudices, an HBO series transmits just this message of responsibility and optimism.

Virtual Reality ‘Avatars’ Are Now Real Enough To Be Sued

Denizens of “Second Life” can end up in very real courtrooms.

Blissfully Uneducated

Colleges lost their way in the 1960s, contends VICTOR DAVIS HANSON, a classics professor. Students now get a ‘therapeutic curriculum’ instead of learning hard facts and inductive inquiry. The result: we can’t answer the questions of our time.

The Principled Entrepreneur

With a little help from Hayek, Mises, and Maslow, the CEO of America’s largest private company, Charles Koch, spreads the gospel of ‘market-based management.’

Revenge of the Frosh-Seeking Robots

The smartest college kids are rushing to major in economics. NICK SCHULZ shows how Microsoft is trying to lure them back to computer science.


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An Amateur Economist Defends Mainstream Culture

A new book on the evils of digital media is bold, provocative, and economically benighted.

Government’s Helping Hand also Hurts

The minimum wage increase will hurt our most vulnerable workers.

Bigger Isn't Always Better

Professional hockey is in the doldrums, and the most logical remedy may be a long time coming...

Nothing Fair About the 'Fairness Doctrine'

When government involves itself in the world of talk radio, the country loses.

Africans to Bono: 'For God's sake please stop!'

It's time to let Africa imagine its own future.

Old Age, Modest Income—And Financial Satisfaction

As people get older, they are happier and happier about their finances.


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How to Get More Crop for the Drop

Biotechnology could conserve California’s water, if only the state’s green politicians would let it.

Mexican Immigration Will Solve Itself

Fertility data suggest that the international migration picture is about to change.

John Lott, Loaded

The economist’s new book fires back at Steven Levitt and other critics.

‘Sicko’ Sniffles

The new film confirms Michael Moore’s penchant for agitprop.

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Why Can’t a Woman Be More Like a Man? by Christina Hoff Sommers 03/02/2008
Women earn most of America’s advanced degrees but lag in the physical sciences. Beware of plans to ...
Africans to Bono: 'For God's sake please stop!' by Jennifer Brea 07/03/2007
It's time to let Africa imagine its own future.