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Hoover Digest 2008 No. 2

April 18, 2008

Shield of Falsehoods

“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.

April 18, 2008

Don’t Let Up

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

April 18, 2008

The Problem of Pakistan

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

April 18, 2008

Developing a Taste for Stability

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.

April 18, 2008

Guantanamo Showdown

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

April 18, 2008

Not Appeasement

Barack Obama an Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

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

April 18, 2008

How Not to Fix the Economy

Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chairman

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

April 18, 2008

Why We Trade

Chicken Little is worried about the trade deficiit

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

April 18, 2008

The Younger Old

The Younger Old

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

April 18, 2008

A Stimulus That Won’t

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

April 18, 2008

Economies Evolve, Too

Economies Evolve, Too

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

April 18, 2008

The Taxman Cometh

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

April 18, 2008

A Flip-Flop Worth Having

Student Performance

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

April 18, 2008

Bio-Nuts

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

April 18, 2008

Take Two Sugar Pills and Call Me in the Morning

Power of the Placebo

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

April 17, 2008

Maverick in the Courtroom

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

April 17, 2008

Crime and Non-Punishment

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

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April 17, 2008

Defusing the Bomb Culture

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

April 17, 2008

The Autumn of the Patriarch

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

April 17, 2008

Smiley’s People

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

April 17, 2008

The Sarkozy Revolution?

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

April 17, 2008

Putin’s Flawed Model

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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.

April 16, 2008

Don’t Worry about the Yuan

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

April 16, 2008

Teaching The Federalist

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

April 16, 2008

The Great Terror at 40

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

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

April 16, 2008

A Classicist’s Harvest

Victor Davis Hanson

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

April 16, 2008

Monstrous Folly

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

April 16, 2008

Starting Anew on Taiwan

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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.

April 16, 2008

Weak Hand, Skillful Player

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