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How Public Policy Became War

by David Davenport, Gordon Lloydvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

As a response to the Great Depression and an expression of executive power, President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal is widely understood as a turning point in American history. In How Public Policy Became War, David Davenport and Gordon Lloyd go even further, calling the New Deal “America’s French Revolution,” refashioning American government and public policy in ways that have grown to epic proportions today.

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The Rise Of The War Metaphor In Public Policy

by David Davenport, Gordon Lloydvia Defining Ideas
Monday, May 6, 2019

An excerpt from a new book, published by the Hoover Press.


Making Congress Great Again And The 2018 Elections

by David Davenport, Gordon Lloydvia Townhall
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The labels used to describe it sadly diminish the 2018 election: “Mid-term” or “off-year” or “non-presidential.” Even though nothing less than the membership and direction of the United States Congress is at stake, such elections receive limited respect and even lower voter turnout (around 40% compared with approximately 60% when there is a presidential race). What’s more, even though the president is not on the ballot, these elections are nevertheless very much a referendum on the president’s performance and popularity.

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Rugged Individualism

by David Davenport, Gordon Lloydvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 24, 2017

Two of the gravest threats to this distinctively American value: nanny states and helicopter parents. 

Analysis and Commentary

Donald Trump Rediscovers Franklin Roosevelt’s Forgotten Man—Or Is It Someone Else?

by David Davenport, Gordon Lloydvia History News Network
Sunday, February 19, 2017

With many uncertainties about Trumpism, one thing we know for sure: Donald Trump’s key constituency is “the forgotten men and women.” His first tweet as president-elect promised that “the forgotten man and woman will never be forgotten again.” Indeed, the forgotten men and women were recurring characters in a flurry of campaign speeches he gave just before the election, the people who “built our country,” he said, the “middle class.”

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Rugged Individualism: Dead Or Alive?

by David Davenport, Gordon Lloydvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

We cannot tip the delicate balance between equality and liberty so heavily in favor of equality so that there is no liberty left.

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Rugged Individualism: Dead Or Alive?

by David Davenport, Gordon Lloydvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Today American rugged individualism is in a fight for its life on two battlegrounds: in the policy realm and in the intellectual world of ideas that may lead to new policies. In this book the authors look at the political context in which rugged individualism flourishes or declines and offer a balanced assessment of its future prospects. They outline its path from its founding—marked by the Declaration of Independence—to today, focusing on different periods in our history when rugged individualism was thriving or under attack.

Analysis and Commentary

How Much Do You Know About The Declaration Of Independence?

by David Davenport, Gordon Lloydvia Idaho Statesman
Friday, June 24, 2016

When we celebrate the Fourth of July with a three-day weekend vacation, picnics and fireworks, we sometimes forget the real meaning of the holiday. The quiz below provides an opportunity for you to test and refresh your civic knowledge of the landmark occasion in American history that we celebrate.

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When College Radicals Obliterate History

by David Davenport, Gordon Lloydvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Suffering from ‘presentism,’ they want to remove vulgar historical figures from their campuses. 

Dealing with the New Deal

by David Davenport, Gordon Lloydvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 21, 2014

The debate that erupted in the 1930s still presents us with the same fundamental choice: greater liberty, or greater government power?