Wednesday, July 13, 2011

2011 No. 3

Singapore is among the celebrated Asian “tiger” nations

Tigers of a Different Stripe

by William Ratliffvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

After their revolutionary fever cools, Arabs will have work to do. They could do worse than to emulate the booming Asian nations. By William Ratliff.

The Enemies of Our Enemy

by Colonel Joseph (Joe) Felter (ret.), Brian Fishmanvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

We may not yet know what to do about the Islamists fighting in Libya, but we do know not to repeat certain mistakes. By Joseph Felter and Brian Fishman.

Merowe Dam in Sudan

Lands of Little Rain

by Stephen Haber, Victor Menaldovia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Drought may not be destiny, but a critical ingredient for democratic societies does seem literally to fall from the skies. By Stephen H. Haber and Victor Menaldo.

The Roots of a Freedom Agenda

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Arab struggles may be new, but American goals are not. Three recent presidents laid the groundwork. By Peter Berkowitz.

The spark seemed so small. But the Arab autocrats had spent decades heaping up t

Like Striking a Match

by Fouad Ajamivia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The spark seemed so small. But the Arab autocrats had spent decades heaping up the fuel. By Fouad Ajami.

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, left, arrives at Andrews Air Force Base in 1980

Trial of a Thousand Years

by Charles Hillvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Behind the headlines lies an old and basic question: in the clash between Islamism and the nation-state, who will win? By Charles Hill.

Why Business Isn't Getting 'In the Game'

by Stephen Haber, F. Scott Kieffvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Why businesspeople aren’t banking on Washington’s supposedly pro-business overtures. By Stephen H. Haber and F. Scott Kieff.

How Can Inequality Be Good?

by Gary S. Beckervia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

If it prodded people to seek greater productivity, higher pay, and a better standard of living. By Gary S. Becker.

Doctored Numbers

Doctored Numbers

by John F. Cogan, R. Glenn Hubbard, Daniel P. Kesslervia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The key justification for ObamaCare is “cost shifting”—that the insured pay a hidden tax to support the uninsured. But for the most part, such a shift does not, in fact, take place. By John F. Cogan, R. Glenn Hubbard, and Daniel P. Kessler.

Tear Up That Lousy Contract

by Robert J. Barrovia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The economic crisis did at least one good thing: it forced us all to take a long, hard look at the enormous power of public-employee unions. By Robert J. Barro.

Hoover senior fellow Michael McFaul briefs President Obama in the Oval Office in

America’s Democratic Credentials

by Michael McFaulvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hoover fellow Michael McFaul, who has the president’s ear on Russia, argues that promoting freedom is both moral and wise.

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Wishing Away the World

by Bruce Thorntonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Foreign policy doesn’t mean righting every wrong. It means acting in our national interest. By Bruce S. Thornton.

The States Are Back

The States Are Back

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Whether racing to the top or sinking in debt (or both), some governors are taking the school-reform baton back from Washington. By Chester E. Finn Jr.

Teachers picket in La Habra last December

The Staggering Power of the Teachers' Unions

by Terry M. Moevia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A look at the most powerful force in American education—and it isn’t a force for good. By Terry M. Moe.

Gone Fission

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Unreasoning fear is the wrong reaction to the Japanese reactor crisis. We can master the risks and reap the benefits of nuclear power. By Richard A. Epstein.

A 1953 photo shows Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, the ruler of Iran

Is Started with the Shah

by Abbas Milani, Charlie Rosevia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hoover fellow Abbas Milani on the rebellions in the Muslim world—and the monarch who set them off. An interview with Charlie Rose.

Saudi King Abdullah, right, and then-president Hosni Mubarak of Egypt

Extending an Invitation to Reform

by Lieutenant Colonel Leif Eckholmvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The United States has always been among the kingdom’s best friends. Who better to help it change? By Leif Eckholm.

The Kingdom of Caution

The Kingdom of Caution

by Joshua Teitelbaumvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The land where stability vies ceaselessly with stagnation. By Joshua Teitelbaum.

Will Change Come to the House of Saud?

by Daniel Pipesvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Reforms, if any, will depend on how modernizers and hard-liners settle their differences. By Daniel Pipes.

Race and Economics

by Walter E. Williamsvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

What do black Americans need in order to get ahead? A truly free market. By Walter E. Williams.

“A Radical, a Troublemaker . . .”

"A Radical, a Troublemaker..."

by Walter E. Williams, Nick Gillespievia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

As a scholar and a black American, Walter E. Williams has always been his own map. By Nick Gillespie.

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Robert Conquest's Five Books

by Alec Ashvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hoover research fellow Robert Conquest was interviewed for the blog FiveBooks (www.fivebooks.com), whose mission is to “invite international experts to recommend the best reading in their given fields of interest.”

Honor in the Task

by Russell Muirheadvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

How can we shore up the American work ethic? By honoring good work. By Russell Muirhead.

The Core of Civic Virtue

by William Damonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Either we teach the young to understand and appreciate their freedom, or we cheat them of their birthright. By William Damon.

On the Road with Alexis

On the Road with Alexis

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

New insights into Alexis de Tocqueville, the genius who journeyed into the heart of American exceptionalism. By Harvey C. Mansfield.

Today's Liberation Technologies

via Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Cold War lesson that’s entirely relevant today: free people need free information. By A. Ross Johnson.

Sun Yat-sen, at top center of this 1912 calendar

The Revolutionary Republic

by Hsiao-ting Lin, Lisa Nguyenvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

In 1911, China rejected feudalism to enter the modern era. A new Hoover exhibit on a century of change. By Hsiao-ting Lin and Lisa Nguyen.

Tyranny 101 - Stalin

Tyranny 101

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Who better to coach a would-be dictator than Stalin? The curious episode of a foreign comrade who sought Stalin’s advice—which, of course, came at a cost. By Paul R. Gregory.