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Congress Should Promote Charter Schools Arnold Kling 04/06/2014
States are inhibiting educational entrepreneurship; Congress should step in and provide funding to states to facilitate further charter school growth.
Tribal Wisdom in Modern Times Michael M. Rosen 03/19/2014
An ambitious new book grapples with some of the thorniest socio-moral questions ever to have bedeviled political philosophers, falling short when it attempts to apply its meta-morality to a practical issue.
Can Obama Punt Keystone into 2016? Kenneth P. Green 02/04/2014
The proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline has taken more than five years to approve and Washington bureaucracy will likely delay it for months if not years to come, at the expense of real, market-driven job creation.
The Efficiency of a Carbon Tax: Broadly Accepted and Broadly Wrong Benjamin Zycher 01/31/2014
The standard assumption about the superior efficiency of a carbon tax relative to bans and energy consumption standards is deeply problematic for both scientific and political reasons.
Europe’s Outlook in 2014 Desmond Lachman 01/12/2014
With European policymakers complacent, it is unlikely that progress will be made this year in reducing Europe’s record unemployment rate or in preventing a further fragmentation of its politics.
Reagan’s Farewell Address at 25 Steven F. Hayward 01/11/2014
The main point in Reagan’s farewell address, a quarter-century ago today, remains relevant to the current dominant debate: expanding government control of the economy is not the way to advance equality.
War on Poverty Needs New Strategy Josh Good 01/08/2014
Since LBJ’s War on Poverty was launched, America has witnessed an unprecedented rise in cohabitation, divorce, and out-of-wedlock births. In 2014, reforms should promote personal dignity and encourage work and responsible fatherhood.
AEI Classics: The Gettysburg Address and Lincoln's Reinterpretation of the American Founding Leon R. Kass 11/19/2013
The Gettysburg Address is, in both form and substance, a perfect text for the bible of American political religion.
When Nudge Comes to Shove Lee Harris 11/13/2013
Obamacare is simply old-fashioned social engineering dressed in trendy new clothing — and as such, it is destined to fail.
AEI Classics: The Nonsense Explosion Ben Wattenberg 08/26/2013
In the 1970s, the crisis of the day was overpopulation. In this AEI Classic, written 40 years ago, AEI scholar Ben Wattenberg demolishes the 'explosionists’' claims.
 
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