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Hoover fellow Peter Robinson (left) and author Amity Shlaes discuss her book Coo

Amity Shlaes on Coolidge’s life, ideas, and success in bringing about low taxes and small government

with Amity Shlaesvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, August 23, 2013

This week on Uncommon Knowledge, Amity Shlaes sheds light on the life of Calvin Coolidge, the thirtieth president of the United States. The harsh conditions of Coolidge’s childhood shaped his political ideas and led to his deep understanding of life and helping people succeed, especially in business. Believing in small government and low taxes, he thought government needed to get out of the way so individuals and businesses could prosper. His supply-side economics were a resounding success, with an unemployment rate of 5 percent or even 3 percent, as the economy grew and the government shrank.

Amity Shlaes author of the Forgotten Man

The Great Depression with Amity Shlaes

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Amity Shlaesvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, August 25, 2008

Amity Shlaes challenges the received wisdom that the Great Depression occurred because capitalism broke and that it ended because FDR, and government in general, came to the rescue. According to Shlaes, it was the government that made the Great Depression worse. And was FDR’s progressivism, as evident in the New Deal, really all that new, or was it a step along a progressive continuum that already had been established? (34:39) Video transcript

When Progressiveness Leads to Backwardness

by Amity Shlaesvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2001

The staggering number of undereducated teenagers graduating from U.S. high schools every year is a national tragedy—and an object lesson in the damage that misguided educational fads can wreak. By Hoover media fellow Amity Shlaes.

The Best Argument for Tax Reform: The IRS

by Amity Shlaesvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, July 30, 2000

The IRS is out of control. The best—indeed, the only—way to rein it in? The flat tax. By Hoover media fellow Amity Shlaes.

Give It Back

by Amity Shlaesvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, October 30, 1999

Washington has pronounced the era of big government dead. So why do we still find ourselves saddled with a tax system more worthy of socialist Europe than the land of the free? By Hoover media fellow Amity Shlaes.

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The Greedy Hand in a Velvet Glove

by Amity Shlaesvia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 30, 1999

How a little-known man in the front office of Macy’s invented tax withholding and gave rise to the modern welfare state. By Hoover media fellow Amity Shlaes.

The Greedy Hand

by Amity Shlaesvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 1999

The era of big government may be over, but no one seems to have told the IRS. Hoover media fellow Amity Shlaes proposes a tax code overhaul.

A Little School in the Northeast Kingdom

by Amity Shlaesvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, January 30, 1999

Some worry that school vouchers amount to a risky new experiment. They ought to consider Vermont’s St. Johnsbury Academy. Its voucher program has worked just fine . . . for more than 100 years. By Hoover media fellow Amity Shlaes.

School Vouchers: The Next Great Leap Forward

by Amity Shlaesvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 30, 1998

Milton and Rose D. Friedman have made a career of advocating radical changes in public policy and economic thinking. Hoover media fellow Amity Shlaes recently spoke with the Friedmans about their latest cause.

Whither the Tax Revolt?

by Amity Shlaesvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 30, 1998

Poll after poll shows that Americans today feel overtaxed, frustrated, and ready for change. So why hasn’t there been a tax revolt? By Hoover media fellow Amity Shlaes.

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