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America 3.0: The Coming Reinvention of America James C. Bennett and Michael J. Lotus 08/20/2013
America is currently in a painful transition period, but once it emerges, it will be more prosperous and free than ever before.
James Q. Wilson and the Defense of Moral Judgment Sally Satel 08/08/2013
Twenty years ago, James Q. Wilson powerfully articulated the idea that humans’ moral sense is innate, not learned.
The State of Economic Freedom, Part 2: Success Stories The Editors 08/06/2013
What do Rwanda, Brazil, Texas, Peru, Mexico, and Panama all have in common?
The State of Economic Freedom in the United States and the World, Part 1 The Editors 08/05/2013
The developing world is increasingly embracing economic freedom, and reaping the benefits. So why are the United States and the EU heading in the opposite direction?
AEI Classics: Americans Remain Wary of Washington Charles Murray 08/02/2013
Americans’ estrangement from the federal government arises because the government has broken three tacit compacts with the people.
The Words, They Are A-Changing Robert McHenry 08/01/2013
What is the role of the humble dictionary in an era when word usage changes by the hour?
Immigration and America’s Broken Civics Education System Christina Hoff Sommers 07/24/2013
America’s schools no longer teach our history or celebrate our unique culture, devaluing a powerful force for national unity.
Congress Isn't What It Used to Be Norman Ornstein and Jennifer Marsico 07/16/2013
The definitive source for data on our nation’s legislative branch, Vital Statistics on Congress, has been released online for the first time ever.
5 Things Every Parent Needs to Know About The Common Core Michael McShane 07/15/2013
The Common Core has the potential to be a positive force in education, but parents must be vigilant.
Rediscovering American Exceptionalism Josh Good 07/12/2013
In his latest book, Charles Murray says that today's America would be unrecognizable to our Founding Fathers.