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Hoover fellow Paul Gregory delivers an inaugural Gaidar lecture at Polytechnic M

Paul Gregory On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Paul R. Gregoryvia John Batchelor Show
Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hoover fellow Paul Gregory discusses his Forbes piece, “Sanction FIFA And Putin At The Same Time: Take The 2018 World Cup From Russia." Gregory notes that nothing could be worse for Putin than losing the 2018 World Cup; it would be more severe than the economic recession and Russia’s declining living standards. Russians can live without imported foods and Turkish vacations, but they may not tolerate being branded as a rogue nation not deserving a World Cup.


Rational Security With Benjamin Wittes

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Friday, May 29, 2015

Shane and I were alone for yesterday’s taping of Rational Security, Tamara being away on an overseas trip, so we pulled out the Scotch and had a conversation about two of my recent pieces of work: Jodie Liu and my paper about The “Privacy Paradox: The Privacy Benefits of Privacy Threats” and an idea I floated last week for ameliorating press-intelligence community tensions over classified information. It’s a good conversation—one that also touches this fascinating story about tiny drones that special forces are using.

Tunku Varadarajan is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution

Tunku Varadarajan On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Tunku Varadarajanvia John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Hoover fellow Tunku Varadarajan discusses the FIFA arrests and explains why Loretta Lynch, the US Attorney General, is involved. Varadarajan notes that it is hard to see how FIFA will survive the Department of Justice’s charges without radical reform.

Hoover senior fellow Richard Epstein considers the soundness of contracts and the constitutionality of taxing bonuses at a rate of 90 percent.

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (30:15)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Hoover fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "The 'Income Inequality' Warriors." Epstein notes that the minimum wage laws kill opportunities for the least well-off in society by making it too costly for firms to hire marginal workers. In so doing, it cuts them out of the working economy, and makes them ever more dependent on a set of transfer payments that do nothing to increase their skill sets, self-sufficiency, or sense of self-respect. It is one thing for an employer to give workers raises as a spur to, or recognition of, greater productivity. But when government imposes those obligations from without, it hurts the very individuals whom it wants to help.

Peter Berkowitz

Peter Berkowitz On The John Batchelor Show (32:14)

interview with Peter Berkowitzvia John Batchelor Show
Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hoover fellow Peter Berkowitz discusses his Real Clear Politics article "The Obama Doctrine: A Recipe for Failure Overseas." Despite this administration’s engagement with Iran, reset with Russia, and pivot to Asia, leaders in Tehran, Moscow, and Beijing continue to view America as an impediment to their regional ambitions. All three nations have grown more assertive during Obama’s tenure.

Hoover senior fellow Michael McFaul briefs President Obama in the Oval Office in

Michael McFaul - Do Not Reset On Russia

interview with Michael McFaulvia Yahoo News
Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hoover fellow Michael McFaul says he would advise the next president to stay the course on Russia and not try for another ‘reset’ in relations with Russia.

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The Libertarian: “Understanding The Dormant Commerce Clause”

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, May 28, 2015

An esoteric legal concept comes before the Supreme Court.

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Strategika – “NATO: The Once And Future Alliance” With Peter Mansoor

interview with Peter R. Mansoorvia Strategika
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

How NATO has survived—and will continue to prosper—in the post–Cold War era. Military historian Peter Mansoor explains the historical trajectory of NATO, how it adjusted after the demise of the Soviet Union, and why it will survive the current threats from Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

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Strategika – “Will the West Still Fight?” With Josef Joffe

interview with Josef Joffevia Strategika
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Have the United States and Europe simply run out of steam?

Terry Anderson

Terry Anderson On The John Batchelor Show (29:03)

interview with Terry Andersonvia John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Hoover fellow Terry Anderson discusses his (and Hoover fellow Henry Miller's) National Review article "How Taxing Organic Products Could Solve California’s Water Shortage." Anderson notes that California’s thirst for water won’t be significantly reduced until consumers are faced with a more realistic price for the “clear gold.” In that spirit, we propose a revenue-neutral tax on all organic products — food, linens, clothing, pillows, tobacco, etc. Taxation would reduce the demand for water-wasting organic products relative to non-organic alternatives, and thereby reduce some of the pressure on California’s dwindling water supplies.