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America's Birthday: The True Meaning of July 4 (Part 3) Amy Kass and Leon Kass 07/03/2013
All Americans would agree that July 4th is an important date for our nation, but we have constantly debated its meaning and the proper way to celebrate it, with interpretations changing over time and in particular circumstances.
America’s Birthday: The True Meaning of July 4 (Part 2) Amy Kass and Leon Kass 07/02/2013
In speeches delivered nearly 10 years apart, two men from very different backgrounds – one a president and one a former slave – reflect on the meaning of July 4th and the Declaration for themselves and their nation.
America’s Birthday: The True Meaning of July 4 (Part 1) Amy Kass and Leon Kass 07/01/2013
The Declaration of Independence is the birth announcement of the American Republic. Do we understand its full meaning? Does our modern Republic live up to its promise?
Conservatism and Gratitude Yuval Levin 06/24/2013
Upon accepting one of the four Bradley Foundation prizes on June 12, Ethics and Public Policy Hertog Fellow Yuval Levin spoke about conservatism and gratitude. Excerpts from his speech follow.
Nudging Conservatives to Harness Behavioral Science Rich Thau and Celeste Gregory 05/03/2013
While liberals are deploying behavioral science with stunning results, conservatives have failed to follow up on their success three decades ago with the psychology of ‘broken windows.’ Here are several policy initiatives with which to begin.
Earth Day and Four Decades of Fear Benjamin Zycher 04/22/2013
A vast array of blatherings have accumulated over the years, warning the end is nigh.
A Dream Delayed: Man’s Mission to Mars Robert McHenry 03/15/2013
NASA has decided that private enterprise will have to take on the job of reaching Mars. A new generation of space-minded tycoons is ready for the mission. We can do it.
A Better Way for Young Families to Build a Future: Social Security Taxes vs. Down Payments Alex J. Pollock 03/09/2013
Would you rather save for retirement by building equity in a house or by putting money in an underfunded government program?
Yes, Labels Cliff Asness 03/07/2013
No Labels’ goal of arguing less and getting more things done is not simply wrong but dangerous too. Instead, this country needs to vigorously debate how a free society is supposed to function, with the people ultimately deciding the victor.
Why Not Soak the Rich? Lee Harris 03/06/2013
Republicans don’t want to ask multimillionaires to pay a penny more in taxes. Isn’t that proof that the Republican Party is the party of the rich, as liberals have always argued?