Friday, April 18, 2008

2008 No. 2

Shield of Falsehoods

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 18, 2008

“There is no military solution . . . we haven’t tried diplomacy. . . .” Strategies rise and fall, but untruths about the Iraq war refuse to die. By Victor Davis Hanson.

Don’t Let Up

by Michael McFaul, Abbas Milanivia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 18, 2008

Whether or not Iran has really suspended its military nuclear program, pressure on Tehran must continue. By Michael McFaul and Abbas Milani.

Developing a Taste for Stability

by Gary S. Beckervia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 18, 2008

Prosperous people tend to lose their enthusiasm for terrorism. As economic development takes place in Pakistan, let’s hope this happens there, too. By Gary S. Becker.

The Problem of Pakistan

by Cecile Sheavia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 18, 2008

Decades of stop-and-start attention from the United States may have done more harm than good. By Cecile Shea.

Guantanamo Showdown

by Benjamin Wittesvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 18, 2008

Now that September 11 charges have finally been filed, it’s make-or-break time for the military tribunals. By Benjamin Wittes.

Barack Obama an Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Not Appeasement

by Shelby Steelevia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 18, 2008

As the world sees it, America tends to dash off to war without moral authority. How we could change that view. By Shelby Steele.

Economies Evolve, Too

Economies Evolve, Too

by Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 18, 2008

The subprime mortgage crisis may wipe out a certain species of financial institution altogether. Shed no tears. By Niall Ferguson.

A Stimulus That Won’t

by Russell Robertsvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 18, 2008

Everyone loves a stimulus, but don’t expect it to foster real economic change. By Russell Roberts.

Chicken Little is worried about the trade deficiit

Why We Trade

by Russell Robertsvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 18, 2008

Imports bad, exports good—how long must we endure this skewed logic? By Russell Roberts.

Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chairman

How Not to Fix the Economy

by Michael J. Boskinvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 18, 2008

Bailouts, protectionism, higher tax rates, new spending—these are supposed to help? By Michael J. Boskin.

The Younger Old

The Younger Old

by John Shovenvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 18, 2008

Graying populations aren’t the economic time bomb we fear. Instead, think of better health and longer productive years. By John B. Shoven.

The Taxman Cometh

by Gary S. Beckervia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 18, 2008

Why do so many people so obediently pay what they owe? By Gary S. Becker.

Student Performance

A Flip-Flop Worth Having

by Diane Ravitchvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 18, 2008

Let the states improve the performance of our students—and let Washington measure it. By Diane Ravitch.

Bio-Nuts

by Henry I. Millervia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 18, 2008

Antibiotech extremists refuse to let science change their minds, and won’t let consumers make up their own. By Henry I. Miller.

Power of the Placebo

Take Two Sugar Pills and Call Me in the Morning

by Philip R. Alpervia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 18, 2008

Placebos work, but are they ethical? By Philip R. Alper.

Crime and Non-Punishment

by Thomas Sowellvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, April 17, 2008

A crook’s best friend? The usual platitudes about the “root causes” of crime. By Thomas Sowell.

Maverick in the Courtroom

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, April 17, 2008

Stand up for limited government and property rights, and you’ll usually stand alone. By Richard A. Epstein.

Defusing the Bomb Culture

by George P. Shultz, William J. Perry, Henry A. Kissinger, Sam Nunnvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, April 17, 2008

The growing effort to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. By George P. Shultz, William J. Perry, Henry A. Kissinger, and Sam Nunn.

The Autumn of the Patriarch

by Oscar Espinosa Chepe, William Ratliffvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, April 17, 2008

When will an American president finally scrap our embargo on Cuba? By Oscar Espinosa Chepe and William Ratliff.

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Smiley’s People

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, April 17, 2008

How the British became the most spied-upon people in Western Europe. By Timothy Garton Ash.

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The Sarkozy Revolution?

by Lieutenant Colonel Deborah Hanaganvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, April 17, 2008

He may be the most pro-American French leader since the Marquis de Lafayette, but the new president is still . . . French. By Deborah Hanagan.

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Putin’s Flawed Model

by Michael McFaul, Kathryn Stonervia Hoover Digest
Thursday, April 17, 2008

The assertion that Russia has discovered a new kind of capitalism— “market authoritarianism”—is a myth. Putin and company have no idea how to sustain real growth. By Michael McFaul and Kathryn Stoner-Weiss.

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Don’t Worry about the Yuan

by Charles Wolf Jr.via Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A crude attempt to “realign” China’s currency would do more harm than good. By Charles Wolf Jr.

Teaching The Federalist

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

What happens when South Korean students take a close look at American democracy. By Peter Berkowitz.

Victor Davis Hanson

A Classicist’s Harvest

via Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Victor Davis Hanson, scholar and farmer, is awarded the National Humanities Medal.

Robert Conquest and a television crew prepare for a scene in the documentary Red Empire

The Great Terror at 40

by Robert Conquestvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

As his classic work is republished, Robert Conquest reflects on how it threw open the doors of the Gulag’s secrets.

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Weak Hand, Skillful Player

by Paul H. Taivia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Chiang Kai-shek’s diaries shed light on his intricate moves in the game of international diplomacy. By Paul H. Tai.

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Monstrous Folly

by Andrew Nagorskivia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Paul R. Gregory’s new book, Lenin’s Brain, peers into the nightmare workings of the Soviet state. By Andrew Nagorski.

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Starting Anew on Taiwan

by Ramon H. Myers, Hsiao-ting Linvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

In 1949, Chiang Kai-shek faced both utter defeat and a second chance. What he did next. By Ramon H. Myers and Hsiao-ting Lin.