Peter M. Robinson

Murdoch Distinguished Policy Fellow
Biography: 

Peter M. Robinson is the Murdoch Distinguished Policy Fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he writes about business and politics, edits Hoover's quarterly journal, the Hoover Digest, and hosts Hoover's video series program, Uncommon Knowledge™.

Robinson is also the author of three books: How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life (Regan Books, 2003); It's My Party: A Republican's Messy Love Affair with the GOP, (Warner Books, 2000); and the best-selling business book Snapshots from Hell: The Making of an MBA (Warner Books, 1994; still available in paperback).

In 1979, he graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College, where he majored in English. He went on to study politics, philosophy, and economics at Oxford University, from which he graduated in 1982.

Robinson spent six years in the White House, serving from 1982 to 1983 as chief speechwriter to Vice President George Bush and from 1983 to 1988 as special assistant and speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan. He wrote the historic Berlin Wall address in which President Reagan called on General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall!"

After the White House, Robinson attended the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. (The journal he kept formed the basis for Snapshots from Hell.) He graduated with an MBA in 1990.

Robinson then spent a year in New York City with Fox Television, reporting to the owner of the company, Rupert Murdoch. He spent a second year in Washington, D.C., with the Securities and Exchange Commission, where he served as the director of the Office of Public Affairs, Policy Evaluation, and Research. Robinson joined the Hoover Institution in 1993.

The author of numerous essays and interviews, Robinson has published in the New York Times, Red Herring, and Forbes ASAP, the Wall Street Journal, and National Review Online. He is the editor of Can Congress Be Fixed?: Five Essays on Congressional Reform (Hoover Institution Press, 1995).

In 2005, Robinson was elected to serve as a Trustee of Dartmouth College.

Robinson lives in northern California with his wife, their children and their dog, Crusoe.

His research papers are available at the Hoover Institution Archives.

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The Decline and Fall of Europe: Chapter 2 of 5

by Peter M. Robinsonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, March 11, 2008

If Europe is still democratic, and if it still embraces the free market, why should anyone care that Judaeo-Christian religious beliefs are slipping across the region?

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Europe and Unbelief

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Monday, March 10, 2008

Who could figure the odds that a man who grew up in the San Joaquin Valley not ten miles from Victor Davis Hanson would, like the good Dr. Hanson, grow up to become a classicist, teach at California State University at Fresno, and write wonderful books on the mess we’re in?

Professor Bruce Thornton of Cal State Fresno

Peter Robinson interviews Fresno State Classicist Bruce Thornton about his new book Decline and Fall: Europe's Slow Suicide.

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Bruce Thorntonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, March 10, 2008

In his new book, Decline and Fall: Europe’s Slow Motion Suicide, Bruce Thornton asserts that Europe has turned its back on the Western tradition to which it owes its greatness. It has abandoned pride in the nation, discarded traditional Christianity, and, in so doing, is without unifying values, ideals, and beliefs. But if Europe is still democratic, and if it still embraces the free market, why should anyone care that Judaeo-Christian religious beliefs are slipping away. The answer lies in the coinciding rise of radical Islam. (35:45) Video transcript

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The Decline and Fall of Europe: Chapter 1 of 5

by Peter M. Robinsonvia National Review Online
Monday, March 10, 2008

Professor Bruce Thornton of Cal State Fresno describes a European civilization that after twenty-five centuries is drawing to an end...

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Facts and Fallacies with Thomas Sowell: Chapter 5 of 5

by Peter M. Robinson with Thomas Sowellvia National Review Online
Friday, February 29, 2008

Fallacies about race run rampant through our culture...

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Facts and Fallacies with Thomas Sowell: Chapter 4 of 5

by Peter M. Robinson with Thomas Sowellvia National Review Online
Thursday, February 28, 2008

We’re programmed to think that if we want to make it big in life we need to attend the crème de la crème of colleges...

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Strictly Speaking, A Hero

by Peter M. Robinson with Milton Friedmanvia Corner (National Review Online)
Thursday, February 28, 2008

"I got to tell him once what I thought of him, almost, to his face," Rick writes below...

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WFB Changes His Mind

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Thursday, February 28, 2008

WFB was, of course, correct nearly all the time—he was a great man in many ways, but one of the most important was that he was right...

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Facts and Fallacies with Thomas Sowell: Chapter 3 of 5

by Peter M. Robinson with Thomas Sowellvia National Review Online
Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Sowell discusses the outrage that is faculty tenure...

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Tom Sowell Melts the Ivory Tower

by Peter M. Robinson with Thomas Sowellvia Corner (National Review Online)
Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Continuing our discussion of his new book, Economic Facts and Fallacies, Thomas Sowell turns his gaze to the American academy...

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