Wednesday, October 12, 2011

2011 No. 4

Iraq and Gates chess game

The Case for Staying On

by Fouad Ajamivia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Only a continuing American role can help Iraqi democracy find its feet and block Iranian power. By Fouad Ajami.

House Foreclosures

Free the Captives

by Gary S. Beckervia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

How “captive regulators,” tamed by mortgage behemoths, added to the pain of the economic downturn. By Gary S. Becker.

Mr Moneybags

The Gilded Safety Net

by John F. Coganvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The next wave of retirees will be, on the whole, very comfortable—think of them as million-dollar baby boomers. Why should the young have to shell out for them? By John F. Cogan.

What Price Wisdom?

by John B. Taylorvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The quarter-century of economic expansion that began in the 1980s demonstrated the virtues of limited government. How quickly our politicians forget. By John B. Taylor.

Money guns

Five Steps to Bust the Deficit

by Michael J. Boskinvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Step one: honest budgeting. For the four others, read on. By Michael J. Boskin.

Hard but Enduring Lessons

by Condoleezza Ricevia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Another thing Americans must never forget: that security depends on nurturing democracy and freedom around the world. By Condoleezza Rice.

man in parachute

Exit Door

by Kori Schakevia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

American troops went to Afghanistan to defeat terrorists. Bring them home too hastily and their work may be undone. By Kori N. Schake.

Bin Laden holding world

The Bin Laden Decade

by Jessica Sternvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Taking stock of the years since 9/11. By Jessica Stern.

Wanted posters

Eyes on Spies

by Amy Zegartvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The 9/11 attacks were the clearest possible call for effective national intelligence. Why are we still waiting? By Amy B. Zegart.

Vote of Confidence

by David Davenportvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Another presidential season, another attempted end run around the Electoral College. Let’s be careful. Even now, it has its uses. By David Davenport.

Huffman reading to schoolchildren

Rigged to Re-Elect

by James Huffmanvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Having to disclose small campaign contributions doesn’t make candidates accountable. It just makes dislodging incumbents even harder. By James Huffman.

Dominos falling

Turbulence in the Fourth Wave

by Larry Diamondvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Even if the Arab spring does create a surge of regional democracy, expect the tide to ebb and flow. By Larry Diamond.

Poor Countries Can Afford Democracy

by Gary S. Beckervia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

And if they put their new freedoms to work, they won’t even remain poor. By Gary S. Becker.

Sphinx

When the Strongman Falters

by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smithvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Arab revolts show why some autocrats hang on forever while others get swept away. By Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith.

USS San Jacinto

Between the Gates of Tears

by Camille Pecastaingvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Jihadist violence troubles the lands around the Arabian Sea, where sailing of any sort has rarely been smooth. By Camille Pecastaing.

Another Nasty Side Effect

by Daniel P. Kesslervia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

ObamaCare’s vastly expensive, unfairly distributed insurance subsidies, like most tax gimmicks, will distort people’s incentive to work. By Daniel P. Kessler.

flu shot

It Takes a Herd

by Henry I. Miller, Gilbert Rossvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

When a large group of kids get their shots, “herd immunity” protects them. But a new herd mentality—misguided fears about vaccines—is chipping away at this shield. By Henry I. Miller and Gilbert Ross.

Gas from Deepwater Horizon well

Fear of Fracking

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Like all energy technologies, this promising new form of gas and oil extraction has drawbacks. We can manage them. By Richard A. Epstein.

Higher Marks

by Herbert J. Walbergvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

How to get even better results from standardized testing. By Herbert J. Walberg.

What a Candidate Needs to Say

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Michael J. Petrillivia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

An imagined stump speech by somebody who “gets” education. By Chester E. Finn Jr. and Michael J. Petrilli.

kissing hand

Reading Machiavelli in Tehran

by Abbas Milanivia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Iran’s two top leaders scheme. By Abbas Milani.

Canadian budget

Canadian Hat Trick

by David R. Hendersonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Ottawa quietly slashed federal debt, cut spending, and returned to budget surpluses. How? Not by reading Keynes. By David R. Henderson.

The Palestinian Distraction

by Josef Joffevia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Blame Israel—despots in the Arab world are old hands at this way of sidestepping their own failures. Now this delusion is infecting the Arab spring. By Josef Joffe.

A Legal Atrocity

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The author of the notorious Goldstone Report admits he got it wrong. Too late. By Peter Berkowitz.

The Next Convergence

by Michael Spence, Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hoover fellow Michael Spence ponders India, China, and the one essential element in economic growth: innovation. An interview with Peter Robinson.

woman holding frame

An Inconvenient Woman

by Yuri Yarim-Agaevvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Homage to a dissident who insisted on telling the truth. By Yuri Yarim-Agaev.

Reagan statue

In Reagan's Footsteps

by Edwin Meese IIIvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

As the Reagan centennial year draws to an end, Europeans honor the man who, as Margaret Thatcher put it, “won the Cold War without firing a shot.” By Edwin Meese III.

California and Greece in hot tub

The Road to Hellenism

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

. . . May be paved with good intentions, but Greece has run into a ditch. California, unfortunately, seems to be close behind. By Victor Davis Hanson.

"Fear the Boom and Bust" video clip

Rhymes with "Recession"

by Russell Roberts, Charles Lindseyvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hoover fellow Russell Roberts is using rap music to make the dismal science far less dismal. By Charles Lindsey.

What Would Hamilton Do?

by Michael McConnellvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Revisiting the founding father to whom a national debt, properly funded, represented “a national blessing.” By Michael W. McConnell.

man with grenade

To the Shores of Tripolitania

by Charles Lindseyvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Libya has known autocrats and invaders before. A century ago, Italians came, saw, conquered . . . and were defeated. By Charles Lindsey.