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A Recipe for 3% Growth

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

The ingredients: boost productivity, rationalize the tax code, and put more Americans to work (and keep them there). All that, and add a dash of luck. 

Energy in the Executive

by Adam J. Whitevia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

President Trump’s executive orders honor the founders’ view that a president should seize the initiative. But such orders represent only the beginning of real change. 

Trump and the “New Nationalism”

by Kori Schakevia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

It’s not new at all. Andrew Jackson, almost two centuries ago, also championed a populist style—and, in the end, strengthened American democracy. 

A Foretaste of 2018

by Lee Simmonsinterview with David Bradyvia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

Hoover fellow David Brady, surveying the political landscape, sees “knife-edge electoral instability.”

End of the Line for the Shame Train

by Shelby Steelevia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

White self-congratulation, disguised as penance, has informed American liberalism for decades. Now liberalism is at last exhausted—and that’s a very good thing. 

Mythbusting Health Care

by Scott W. Atlasvia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

How health insurance should work. 

Needed: A Spine Transplant for the FDA

by Henry I. Millervia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

The new chief of the Food and Drug Administration must move fast, avoid politics, and confront overregulation. 

The Drug Marketplace at Work

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

Competition already lowers the price of drugs—and it works better than price fixing ever could. 

Creeping Autocracy

by Larry Diamondvia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

The greatest risk to democracy? Not the prospect of a coup or a junta but the self-aggrandizement of “strong leaders.” 

Guns and Robots

by Thomas Donnellyvia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

We’ve paid too much attention to weapons of the future and too little to our forces today. 

Agility in the Arsenal

by Dr. Joseph Felter via Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

Technology makes for better weapons—but only until our foes catch up. Why the Pentagon needs to move faster. 

Sanctuary and Sanctimony

by Timothy Kanevia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

Defying the law is defying the law—even if it’s immigration law. 

A Tax with a Twist

by George P. Shultz, Ted Halsteadvia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

A novel idea to distribute carbon dividends that’s both fair and workable. 

Warning: Semantic Traps Ahead

by Terry Anderson, Kurt R. Leubevia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

Environmental politics is littered with language that obscures meaning and hinders good policy. 

Dam Politics

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

The drought is over, but don’t expect Sacramento to take any meaningful action to avert the next water crisis. That well is still bone dry. 

A More Imperfect Union

by Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

Britain’s separation from the EU: not merely a new political and legal arrangement but a deep and permanent schism. 

A Pregnant Pause

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

Brexit is now certain, but the terms are not. Britain still has time to work with the EU, head off political strife, and minimize economic pain. 

“There’s No Optimism”

by Tunku Varadarajanfeaturing Michael McFaulvia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

Hoover fellow Michael A. McFaul, former ambassador to Moscow, reflects on fading democratic hopes for Russia.

At Fukushima, Still More Heat than Light

by Toshio Nishivia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

Six years after a tsunami struck the Honshu coast, the ruins of the nuclear power plant seethe and the Japanese still await honest answers. 

Guadalcanal Revisited

by Yuma Totani via Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

The official Japanese post-mortem of World War II shows how rivalries, miscommunication, and poor leadership plagued the imperial military machine. 

“The Power of the Thought”

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

Contempt for freedom of speech reflects impoverished minds. Colleges that reject intellectual diversity are much to blame. 

Speak Up!

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

Colleges and universities honor free inquiry in theory, but not always in fact. How to keep higher education true to its values. 

March for Every Woman

by Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

Far too many feminists in the West prove reluctant to condemn practices that harm their sisters in the developing world. 

Dare to Discipline (Again)

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

The previous administration held that discipline amounted to discrimination. The new education secretary should reject this claim—if not in the name of common sense, then in the name of student achievement. 

Home Is Where the Market Is

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

What we should do—and stop doing—in the quest for “affordable housing.” 

“Growth Is the Problem”

by Peter M. Robinsoninterview with John H. Cochrane via Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

Lower tax rates, broaden the base. Such simple changes are all that we need, says Hoover fellow John H. Cochrane.

Rhapsody in Blue and Red

by Peter M. Robinsoninterview with Russell Muirheadvia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

“We don’t need less partisanship. We need better partisanship.” Russell Muirhead shows how political parties get things done. 

The Future of Genocide

by Kendra Davidsoninterview with Norman M. Naimarkvia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

International law changes, but human nature doesn’t. Hoover fellow Norman M. Naimark on the ancient and persistent crime of genocide.

Objectively Speaking, Rand Is History

by Jennifer Burnsvia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

The recent presidential race made it obvious: conservatives have shrugged off Ayn Rand. 

When Eugenics Was Progressive

by Russell Robertsvia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

Improve society by improving human stock? A century ago, the Progressive movement cheered that disturbing idea. Historian Thomas Leonard, author of Illiberal Reformers, explains. 

Brodsky and His Muses

by Cynthia Havenvia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

A new collection shows where the great émigré poet Joseph Brodsky found friendship, love, and inspiration. 

On the Cover

via Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

In a year in which much attention is being paid to unsung women, such as the mathematicians who helped the American space program in the Oscar-nominated film “Hidden Figures,” it may be time to give the Wrens their due.

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These Are the Facts, Folks

by Michael J. Boskinvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, January 30, 1997

Wouldn't the Dole plan have been Reaganomics all over again? Voodoo Two? Hoover fellow and Stanford economics professor Michael J. Boskin points out that Reagan's tax cut wasn't voodoo in the first place-and that Dole's plan wasn't black magic either.

At the United Nations, We Should Pay Up and Behave

by Charles Hill, Stephen Stedman, Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, January 30, 1997

Two experts on the United Nations, Charles Hill, a Hoover fellow, and Stephen Stedman, a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, recently spent an afternoon talking about the relationship between the United Nations and the United States. They argue that the United States has spent the last few years shoving the United Nations around. Hill and Stedman answered questions from Hoover fellow Peter Robinson.

Drive A Stake Through It

by Thomas Sowellvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, January 30, 1997

The passage of California's Proposition 209 has outlawed affirmative action programs in California's state government and made the status of affirmative action programs everywhere one of the most pressing issues of the day. Here Hoover fellow Thomas Sowell argues that there is precisely one way to deal with affirmative action. End it.

Ballots and Banners

via Hoover Digest
Thursday, January 30, 1997

In its current exhibition in the Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion, the Hoover archives tells the story of contemporary elections through a display of posters, buttons, brochures, and flags.

Workfare, Not Welfare

by Robert J. Barrovia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, April 30, 1996

The main welfare initiative of the Clinton administration has been the enlargement of the earned income tax credit program. "Mr. Clinton's support," Hoover fellow Robert J. Barro argues, "is not sufficient reason to regard the program as mistaken."

The Economics of Ideas

by Kevin Kellyvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, April 30, 1996

Only forty, Hoover fellow Paul M. Romer has already stood a great deal of economic theory on its head. A profile of Romer and his work. By Kevin Kelly.

Is Democracy Good for Growth?

by Robert J. Barrovia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, April 30, 1996

It sounds nice to try to install democracy in places like Haiti and Somalia, but does it make any sense? Hoover fellow Robert J. Barro has his doubts.

Fear Not a Tax Cut

by David Tellvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, April 30, 1996

Former Hoover media fellow David Tell examines the case against a tax cut--and refutes it. A primer for this political season.

The Squabble over the Minimum Wage

by David R. Hendersonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, April 30, 1996

Why did so many economists back the hike in the minimum wage earlier this year? In part because of a study based on lousy data. Hoover fellow David R. Henderson explains.

I Voted for Bobby Kennedy

by Robert J. Barrovia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, April 30, 1996

In this wry account, Hoover fellow Robert J. Barro describes his journey from modern liberal to classical liberal. The confessions of a free-market economist

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