The Green New Deal

February 14, 2019
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Richard Epstein dismantles the Green New Deal’s assertions about climate change, agriculture, labor, diversity, and transportation.

The Rule of Law and Other People’s Money

February 12, 2019
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Hoover Institution fellows Richard Epstein and Adam White discuss Senator Elizabeth Warren’s call for an unprecedented “wealth tax,” and the constitutional problems that it raises. They also discuss the Supreme Court’s upcoming case on judicial “deference” to agencies’ legal interpretations (Kisor v. Wilkie).

The New Progressive Agenda

February 7, 2019
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Richard Epstein looks at the policy ideas coming from potential Democratic presidential contenders, including a wealth tax, Medicare-for-all, the Green New Deal, a ban on share buybacks, and more.

Harold Demsetz and the Legacy of the Chicago School

January 29, 2019
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Richard Epstein commemorates the passing of Harold Demsetz and explains the enduring influence that he and other figures that emerged from the University of Chicago have had on public policy.

Teacher Unions, Strikes, and Public Education

January 24, 2019
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Richard Epstein uses the recent strike in the L.A. Unified School District to explain the ways in which teacher unions often impede meaningful education reform.

Emergency Powers and the Presidency

January 10, 2019
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Richard Epstein examines legal and historical evidence to determine whether President Trump’s could really build a border wall by declaring a national emergency.

Obamacare, Back in the Courts

December 20, 2018
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Richard Epstein examines a recent ruling out of Texas declaring that the entirety of Obamacare is unconstitutional.

Europe in Turmoil

December 14, 2018
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Richard Epstein considers a trio of European controversies — the UK’s struggle with Brexit, the fuel tax protests in France, and the backlash to immigration in Germany — and analyzes what it means for the future of Europe.

Trump vs. GM

December 7, 2018
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Richard Epstein warns against the dangers of the president bullying private business, explains how attempts to help the working class could backfire, and cautions against the Trump Administration’s use of tariffs.

Free Speech and Campaign Finance

November 29, 2018
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Richard Epstein examines the state of campaign finance law, explains why disclosure laws may no longer be the remedy they were once thought to be, and responds to proposals aimed at getting money out of politics.