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Hoover Digest 2010 No. 2

April 21, 2010

No Time for Meddling

No time for meddling

Stability and the foundations for long-term growth, not politics, need to come first. By Gary S. Becker, Steven J. Davis, and Kevin M. Murphy.

April 21, 2010

A Smothering Burden

During a fragile economic recovery, sharp increases in both taxes and spending are the last things we need. By Edward P. Lazear.

April 22, 2010

Will the Fed Ever Learn?

Loose monetary policy clearly harmed the economy. If we don’t acknowledge it, we haven’t learned from it. By John B. Taylor.

April 21, 2010

Fudging It

How does a politician pay for something (health care, for instance) with nothing? By cooking the books. By Michael J. Boskin.

How does a politician pay for something (health care, for instance) with nothing? By cooking the books. By Michael J. Boskin.

April 21, 2010

How Little We Know

Get rid of hapless regulations and political hubris, and the economy could sort itself out. By Russell Roberts.

Get rid of hapless regulations and political hubris, and the economy could sort itself out. By Russell Roberts.

April 21, 2010

Course Correction

Govern moderately, or the governed will turn against you. Clinton learned it. Will Obama? By Peter Berkowitz.

April 21, 2010

This Wasn’t in the Plan . . .

Where radical changes are unpopular, there is no such thing as a safe seat. By David W. Brady, Daniel P. Kessler, and Douglas Rivers.

Where radical changes are unpopular, there is no such thing as a safe seat. By David W. Brady, Daniel P. Kessler, and Douglas Rivers.

April 21, 2010

Freshman Folly

Freshman Folly

Barack Obama still defines himself by what he is not. During the campaign he may have been able to get away with it. No longer. By Shelby Steele.

April 21, 2010

Marketing to Whole Foods Republicans

Marketing to Whole Foods Republicans

Food for thought: what if the GOP stopped putting educated, socially progressive voters on the shelf? By Michael J. Petrilli.

April 21, 2010

Deregulate Now

High taxes, obstructive land-use policies, layers of entitlements, and union chokeholds. State and local governments need a break. By Richard A. Epstein.

April 21, 2010

The President Who Fell to Earth

Why Obama hasn’t made a dent in the Arab-Islamic world’s anti-Americanism. By Fouad Ajami.

April 21, 2010

The Best Defense

Preventive action may be legally dubious but morally justified. International law must confront the question of legitimacy. By Abraham D. Sofaer.

April 21, 2010

A Safe, Reliable Arsenal

Nuclear weapons research and maintenance must continue, even as the world works to make nuclear arms obsolete. By George P. Shultz, William J. Perry, Henry A. Kissinger, and Sam Nunn.

April 21, 2010

Covenants without Swords?

From Munich to the Mideast, nothing fails like “soft power.” Why serious nations will always need force. By Bruce S. Thornton.

From Munich to the Mideast, nothing fails like “soft power.” Why serious nations will always need force. By Bruce S. Thornton.

April 21, 2010

Dying to Belong

The “typical” terrorist—the alienated, pious loner—is becoming less typical. What really motivates terrorists may surprise you. By Jessica Stern.

April 21, 2010

The “Great Satan” Begs to Differ

The true history of U.S.-Iran relations. By Abbas Milani.

April 21, 2010

Cold Turkey

Turkey is turning against the United States and Israel, and cozying up to Syria and Iran. By Daniel Pipes.

April 21, 2010

An Ally Worth the Trouble

The president has made an artful overture to India, the world’s largest democracy. But the relationship demands careful tending. By Tunku Varadarajan.

April 21, 2010

Tripping Up the Tories

Tripping Up the Tories

As an election nears, the Conservatives are poised for a comeback. Or so it would appear. By Gerald A. Dorfman.

April 21, 2010

What a State We’re In

Ballot initiatives: the hopes so high, the victories so hollow. By Richard A. Epstein.

April 21, 2010

Rebels With a Cause: Themselves

Students turn protest into another form of narcissism. By Peter Robinson.

April 21, 2010

School of Hard Knocks

School of Hard Knocks

The education reform movement is stumbling to a halt, and needs its own version of back to basics. By Chester E. Finn Jr.

April 21, 2010

Rice Reinvents

Hoover fellow Condoleezza Rice talks about embracing change, as well as making it happen. By Katherine Bell.

April 21, 2010

Battered but Unbowed

The Chicago School’s economic insights have been severely tested, but Hoover fellow Gary S. Becker insists they still hold. By John Cassidy.

April 21, 2010

The Predictioneer’s Game

Putting numbers to the news, Hoover fellow Bruce Bueno de Mesquita lays his bets on issues such as climate change and Middle East peace.

April 21, 2010

War and Humility

War is ever familiar, yet ever unpredictable. Those who reflexively turn away from war will never understand it. By Victor Davis Hanson.

April 21, 2010

The Trotsky Temptation

Would Stalin’s great adversary really have ushered in a workers’ paradise? No—a new look into Leon Trotsky’s life and legend shows his revolutionary road was only another cruel mirage. By Robert Service.

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April 21, 2010

Trotsky in Exile

Trotsky in Exile

Rare images of the aging revolutionary in his walled refuge, as his life ticked down. By Bertrand M. Patenaude.

April 21, 2010

Chiang Chooses His Enemies

Chiang Chooses His Enemies

Chiang Kai-shek’s Shanghai purge did more than intensify the Chinese civil war. It hastened the final clash between Trotsky and Stalin. Three perspectives on the story. By Paul R. Gregory, Hsiao-ting Lin, and Lisa Nguyen.

April 21, 2010

Go East

Hoover focuses on building broad, deep East Asia collections. By Richard Sousa.

April 21, 2010

“Communism Does Not Work”

His innocently named “Pan-European Picnic” parted the Iron Curtain and helped end European communism. The papers of Hungarian reformer Imre Pozsgay are now open to scholars. By Maciej Siekierski and Jolanta Szabone Szuba.