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Hoover Digest 2012 No. 4

October 26, 2012

The Businessman and the Intellectual

The Thinkers
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Despite endless debate about the issues, the presidential contest comes down to character. By James W. Ceaser.

October 26, 2012

How Do You Like Me Now?

Obama vs Romney
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Time to bust another political myth: that the “likable” candidate always wins. By Morris P. Fiorina.

October 26, 2012

Leader of the PAC

Protestors at Wisconsin capitol building
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Scott Walker’s opponent got most of the PAC money but lost anyway. The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, it turns out, represents a double-edged sword. By Michael W. McConnell.

October 26, 2012

Corporations Are People, Too

Those demanding restrictions on campaign funding claim to want power for the people. In reality they stand for crass partisan power—that of incumbents. By Richard A. Epstein.

October 26, 2012

Own It

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It’s way too late for the Obama administration to go on blaming its predecessor for a wobbly economy. By Edward P. Lazear.

October 26, 2012

No Time for Wrong Steps

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Elections around the world must concentrate on the subtle dance between austerity and growth. By Michael J. Boskin.

October 26, 2012

Lifting all Boats

How the quest for profit improves human welfare. By Gary S. Becker.

October 26, 2012

Obesity and Responsibility

Paternalism and no-fault insurance won’t fix our most serious health care problem. By Scott W. Atlas.

October 26, 2012

The Nudge that Refreshes?

Super big gulp
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Policy makers want to snatch fizzy drinks and fatty foods out of consumers’ hands—for their own good, of course. By Gary S. Becker.

October 26, 2012

Unclogging the Drug Pipeline

It’s not lack of money or ambition that blocks promising new drugs. It’s the regulatory bottleneck. By Henry I. Miller.

October 26, 2012

The CIA is Coming

Clandestine forces could play a major new role in Afghanistan after the military goes home. What does this mean for the future? By Kenneth Anderson.

October 26, 2012

Chessboard or Puzzle

Chess match
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What are America’s next moves? Candidates Obama and Romney offer opposite answers. By Henry R. Nau.

October 26, 2012

Extracurricular Revolution

Online learning poses no threat to the cherished college experience, which it will only change for the better. By John E. Chubb and Terry M. Moe.

October 26, 2012

The Bigger Test

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Technology doesn’t just mean more screens. It means a new kind of learning altogether—including outside the classroom. By Chester E. Finn Jr.

October 26, 2012

Teachers' Unions Slipping

The unions are losing their appeal. Even among teachers themselves, polls suggest. By Paul E. Peterson, William G. Howell, and Martin R. West.

October 26, 2012

The Islamist Moment

In the Arab spring, true democracy—with its many voices—is struggling to be born. By Reuel Marc Gerecht.

October 26, 2012

The Syrian Rebellion

late leader Hafez al-Assad
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Bashar al-Assad was once the reformer, the “good czar” who would lead Syria into modern times. It was never meant to be. By Fouad Ajami.

October 26, 2012

Watch along the Nile

Post-revolution Egypt is entitled to our patience—even our hopes. By Fouad Ajami.

October 26, 2012

A Warrior-Scholar Looks at Afghanistan

H. R. McMaster at Pentagon event
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Hoover fellow and major general H. R. McMaster refuses to entertain illusions or wishful thinking about Afghanistan. He sees neither a triumph nor a lost cause. By David Feith.

October 26, 2012

The Language of Force

Hint to Tehran that it has nothing to fear from us? Not a good idea. By Thomas H. Henriksen.

October 26, 2012

Monopoly Money in Mexico

Walmart in Mexico City
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When Mexico’s crony capitalists play their games, consumers always lose. Walmart wants to rewrite the rules. By Paul R. Gregory.

October 26, 2012

Melting Pots and Salad Bowls

What is the future of assimilation in America? By Bruce S. Thornton.

October 26, 2012

The Taylor Cure

The White House and Congress should swear off stimulus packages—and the Fed should quit “easing.” Hoover fellow John B. Taylor makes his case. By Gene Epstein.

October 26, 2012

"The American Project Is in Danger"

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Charles Murray on the crisis that threatens our very identity as a nation. An interview with Peter Robinson.

October 26, 2012

Red Tales

Imitate it, destroy it, trade with it? In the years after the Bolshevik revolution, the West didn’t know what to make of the new Soviet state. Hoover fellow Robert Service explores a time of conflict and disillusionment. By Jonathan Derbyshire.

October 26, 2012

The New Helots

College students cleaning up
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Young people today find themselves in two kinds of bondage: to the economy and to their sense of entitlement. By Victor Davis Hanson.

October 26, 2012

A Mandate to Meddle?

We don’t know what’s best for others, and they don’t know what’s best for us. Why politicians—and everyone else—should mind their own business. By Russell Roberts.

October 26, 2012

Fertile Ground for Extremism

Figure 1 Economic Growth in Sixteen Major Market Economies

Hard times stimulate a search for radical—and wrong—answers. By Mark Harrison.

October 26, 2012

Champion of Liberty

national book fair in China
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The accomplishments of Milton Friedman—and why we still miss him. By Stephen Moore.

October 26, 2012

Radical Common Sense

How Milton Friedman took on the tyrants of the status quo. By Thomas Sowell.

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October 26, 2012

He Saw It Coming

Milton and Rose Friedman
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Many years ago, the great economist warned against euro euphoria and other economic train wrecks. As usual, he was right. By Robert Leeson.

October 26, 2012

Mightier than Swords

Maneater
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During the worst conflict the world has ever known, propaganda images were sharpened into weapons of mass persuasion. By Nicholas Siekierski.

October 26, 2012

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