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Hoover Digest, No. 2, Spring 2014 by Hoover Institution


Table of Contents

April 21, 2014

The Myth of "Secular Stagnation"

Presented as a profound new insight, the latest explanation for the lackluster recovery is a sorry example of sloppy thinking and stale excuses.

April 21, 2014

Opportunity Is Knocking

Care for a genuine stimulus? Untangle regulation and cut taxes.

April 21, 2014

Houses of Cards

The mortgage market came tumbling down because activists, regulators, and lenders laid such a wobbly foundation.

April 21, 2014

Break the Budget Stalemate

Both parties should have the good sense to demand less waste, more efficiency, and new technology.

April 21, 2014

Where the Falsehoods Roam

Where do failed economic policies come from? The president recently delivered a speech representing Exhibit A.

April 21, 2014

It Doesn't Pay Off

Most minimum-wage workers aren’t sole breadwinners and don’t live in poor households. That’s why minimum wages do a lot less for the truly poor than you might suppose.

April 21, 2014

The War on Poverty Is Lost

An army of programs didn’t just fail to defeat poverty. It created a culture of permanent government assistance.

April 21, 2014

Vigorous Youth

Why welcome young immigrants? Because there’s an entrepreneurial payoff.

April 21, 2014

A Policy too Far

Yes, we need to make affordable health insurance available. But to do so we need to scrap the “cover everything” mentality.

April 21, 2014

Not too Late for a Cure

ObamaCare isn’t settled law if it doesn’t work. Rather than wait for a total collapse, let’s come up with a genuine alternative now.

April 21, 2014

Dealing with the New Deal

The debate that erupted in the 1930s still presents us with the same fundamental choice: greater liberty, or greater government power?

April 21, 2014

Bringing the NSA in from the Cold

Americans need to be convinced the secret agency is working for their good—and that any privacy trade-offs are worth it.

April 21, 2014

Diamonds for the Ivies

An elegant technique developed by Hoover fellow CAROLINE M. HOXBY helps isolated, high-achieving kids get into colleges—good colleges.

April 21, 2014

Test Scores Do Matter

Our distaste for international rankings won’t prevent the rest of the world from pulling ahead of us.

April 21, 2014

Right-sizing Our Classrooms

A surprising experiment suggests students might benefit from bigger classes—but only if they have good teachers.

April 21, 2014

Viva la Reforma

Mexico is busting out of a century of stagnation, and the United States is likely to benefit too.

April 21, 2014

Taiwan’s Voice of Experience

If China wants an example of progress, it need only look across the Taiwan Strait.

April 21, 2014

The Empire Strikes Back?

More and more, China resembles the confident—and eventually aggressive—Japan of the 1930s.

April 21, 2014

The Powers that Will Be

China’s rise need not entail America’s fall. How “declinism” distracts us from contemplating a much more complicated future.

April 21, 2014

Katyn Keeps Its Secrets

The graves were opened long ago, but Russian files may remain closed forever.

April 21, 2014

Lawrence’s Fallen Star

In a tale stranger than any movie, Lawrence of Arabia lived the role of a lifetime.

April 21, 2014

Israel the Peacemaker

For proof that Israel is more than willing to deal in good faith with the Palestinians, just look at the political freedoms Israeli Arabs enjoy.

April 21, 2014

The Arab Spring Implodes

We failed to understand the wave of change—or to shape it—because we failed to understand Islamism.

April 21, 2014

This Time, There Will Be no Surge

There is fresh fighting in Anbar, a province once pacified by U.S. troops. In Iraq, Al-Qaeda is far from spent.

April 21, 2014

Golden Agers

The Golden State’s senior politicians will eventually surf off into the sunset. What then?

April 21, 2014

Stuck at the Station

California’s recovery, like Jerry Brown’s high-speed railroad, remains in the realm of wishful thinking.

“Are You Part of My Tribe?”

David Mamet is one of this generation’s most acclaimed playwrights—and, as of an intellectual conversion just a few years ago, also one of its freshest political thinkers.

April 21, 2014

American Dreams and Visions

The American dream isn’t just about riches. Even in the twenty-first century, it’s still about freedom.

April 21, 2014

Marxist Myopia

Why is Marxism still fashionable in some quarters? Because although the free market’s hard edges are easy to see, its benefits are more subtle.

April 21, 2014

The Zeppelin Menace

A century before there was the drone, there was the zeppelin. As a weapon of terror, the airship had no equal at the start of the First World War.

April 21, 2014

“And Then Came the War . . .”

From the memoirs of Helena Paderewska, wife of the celebrated pianist, a scene of festivity and farewell in the summer of 1914.

April 21, 2014

The Crusade Years

When Herbert Hoover left the White House, he remained intensely interested in world affairs, devoting much of the rest of his life to the struggle against collectivism.