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Hoover Digest 2007 No. 1

January 30, 2007

“A Distinct Honor”

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President Bush awards the National Humanities Medal to the Hoover Institution and to nine distinguished Americans for their contributions to the humanities.

January 30, 2007

The Surge Gamble

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If the more than 20,000 new troops we're sending to Iraq succeed in bringing about a new approach on the battlefield, then the surge will have been worthwhile. By Victor Davis Hanson.

January 30, 2007

Victory Is the Word

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Why the United States must win in Iraq. By Shelby Steele.

January 30, 2007

Urgency on the Battlefield

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Islamism, fascism, and communism are historical bedfellows—co-combatants against democracy in a Hundred Years War that continues today. The place of Iraq and the war on terror in a century of conflict. By Clark S. Judge.

January 30, 2007

“The World’s Wealth” and Nonsense

Redistribute “the world’s wealth”? Nonsense. The world doesn’t produce wealth, individuals do—and it belongs to them. By Thomas Sowell.

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January 30, 2007

A Beautiful Disappointment

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A former true believer in No Child Left Behind is ready to give up on the law—but not on its ideals. By Michael J. Petrilli.

January 30, 2007

Milton Friedman’s Unfinished Business

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Education policy has turned out to be tougher to crack than the communist bloc. What are the chances Americans will ever be free to choose their own schools? By Eric A. Hanushek.

January 30, 2007

First, Do No Harm

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Patent protections, pricing freedom, and the ability to market new products have given the United States the most innovative pharmaceutical industry on earth. Why we must resist new efforts to regulate Big Pharma. By Richard A. Epstein.

January 30, 2007

The Flat Tax’s Silver Anniversary

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First proposed 25 years ago, the flat tax has proven most influential in the unlikeliest of places: state capitals—and the capitals of other nations. By Alvin Rabushka.

January 30, 2007

The Midterm Revolution That Wasn’t

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Set aside the easy comparisons. The Democrats’ 2006 electoral victory was a different breed entirely from the 1994 Republican triumph. By David W. Brady, Daniel M. Butler, and Jeremy C. Pope.

January 30, 2007

The Center Holds

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America is not the fatally polarized nation we often imagine it to be. On most issues, the majority of red-staters and blue-staters are on the same side. By Morris P. Fiorina.

January 30, 2007

Does Racism Matter?

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It no longer stunts the lives of blacks, but the belief that it does remains an article of faith. By Shelby Steele.

January 30, 2007

Addicted to the Drug War

The war on illegal drugs engenders corruption, terrorism, and family breakdown, weakening America while strengthening our enemies. By Robert Leeson.

January 30, 2007

Right Back Where We Started From

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Governor Schwarzenegger has muscled his way into familiar territory: using government power to solve the health-insurance conundrum. Why he’s only making things worse. By David R. Henderson.

January 30, 2007

Let the Asian Students Succeed

A hundred years ago, Chinese and Japanese immigration to the United States, especially to California, gave rise to talk of a “yellow peril.” Today’s hand-wringing about “too many Asians” at elite universities echoes that racist nonsense. By Thomas Sowell.

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January 30, 2007

A World Free of Nuclear Weapons

Ending the threat of nuclear arms. By George P. Shultz, William J. Perry, Henry A. Kissinger, Sam Nunn.

January 30, 2007

What Pinochet Did for Chile

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The late strongman ruled harshly but left behind the most successful country in Latin America. By Robert A. Packenham and William Ratliff.

January 30, 2007

Forced Laughter

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What's so funny about Kazakhstan? Ribald comedies like Borat aside, not much. Tales of a “hugely corrupt dictatorship.” By Timothy Garton Ash.

January 30, 2007

How I Spent My Libyan Vacation

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Libya at last seems to be emerging, if fitfully, from a long sleep of unreason. A travelogue from a formerly lunatic land. By Victor Davis Hanson.

January 30, 2007

New Routes to the Presidency

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The presidential contest presents an opportunity for something very rare in France: a genuine change. By Patrick Chamorel.

January 30, 2007

British Politics Is Exciting Again

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The Tories have finally pulled even with Labour, Tony Blair has promised to step down this spring, and nobody knows what Gordon Brown, Blair’s heir apparent, will do when he finally becomes prime minister. What fun! By Gerald A. Dorfman.

January 30, 2007

Rumsfeld's Place in History

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An early assessment of the nation’s 21st secretary of defense. By Bruce Berkowitz.

January 30, 2007

The Skeptical Democrat and the Enthusiastic Republican

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How Jeane Kirkpatrick made common cause with Ronald Reagan. By Richard V. Allen.

January 30, 2007

A Giant among Teachers

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An appreciation of the original “Political Man.” By Larry Diamond.

January 30, 2007

Complicated Questions, Elegant Answers

Marty Lipset did not believe that people had to be enlightened and sophisticated—“educated”—to function democratically. What they had to do was understand and pursue their interests. By Bill Schneider.

January 30, 2007

An Exceptional American

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Marty Lipset's life work was like that of Tocqueville: explaining the United States to itself. His abiding theme was American uniqueness. By Michael Barone.

January 30, 2007

Europe Remembers Herbert Hoover, “Napoleon of Mercy”

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An exhibit in Belgium celebrates the humanitarian legacy of Herbert Hoover, who did so much to prevent starvation in Europe during and after World War I. George H. Nash tells the story.

January 30, 2007

Food as a Weapon

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Herbert Hoover fed not only the citizens of Belgium but also, in the hope that they would throw off the Bolsheviks, the citizens of Soviet Russia. Bertrand M. Patenaude has another remarkable story.

January 30, 2007

Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for China

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The diaries of Chiang Kai-shek, now in the Hoover Archives, and the insights they offer into the long historical drama of modern China. By Tom Bethell.