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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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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Facts and Fallacies with Thomas Sowell: Chapter 2 of 5

by Peter M. Robinson with Thomas Sowellvia National Review Online
Tuesday, February 26, 2008

It has been reported that the incomes of most American households have remained flat in recent decades...

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Income and Nonsense

by Peter M. Robinson with Thomas Sowellvia Corner (National Review Online)
Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Continuing the gorgeous demolition derby in which he sideswipes one muddle-headed fallacy after another, Thomas Sowell today explains why Americans are growing richer, not poorer, despite all the claims we keep hearing about “stagnating household incomes..."

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Facts and Fallacies with Thomas Sowell: Chapter 1 of 5

by Peter M. Robinson with Thomas Sowellvia National Review Online
Monday, February 25, 2008

The conventional wisdom instructs that the rise of women in corporate America in the latter half of the 20th century was due to the implementation of anti-discrimination laws championed by the feminist movement...

Thomas Sowell is the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow on Public Policy

Peter Robinson speaks with Thomas Sowell about his new book Economic Facts and Fallacies

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Thomas Sowellvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, February 25, 2008

Peter Robinson speaks with Thomas Sowell about his new book Economic Facts and Fallacies in which Sowell exposes some of the most popular fallacies about economic issues. Sowell takes on the conventional thinking on a wide swath of America’s economic life, from male-female economic differences to income stagnation, executive pay, and social mobility to economics of higher education. In all cases he demonstrates how economics relates to the social issues that deeply affect our country. (33:21) Video transcript

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Why Men Make More

by Peter M. Robinson with Thomas Sowellvia Corner (National Review Online)
Sunday, February 24, 2008

This week on Uncommon Knowledge, an interview with the legendary economist, social critic, and author, Thomas Sowell, about his newest book, Economic Facts and Fallacies...

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Uncommon Knowledge: Thomas Sowell

by Peter M. Robinson with Thomas Sowellvia ForaTv
Thursday, February 21, 2008

Peter Robinson speaks with Thomas Sowell about his new book Economic Facts and Fallacies in which Sowell exposes some of the most popular fallacies about economic issues...

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The Economy According to Taylor and Judd: Chapter 5 of 5

by Peter M. Robinson with John B. Taylor, Kenneth L. Juddvia National Review Online
Friday, February 15, 2008

Should the next president let the Bush tax cuts expire, on the theory that the government will need higher tax revenues to meet a rising entitlement burden?

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Free Trade and the Greenback

by Peter M. Robinson with John B. Taylor, Kenneth L. Juddvia Corner (National Review Online)
Thursday, February 14, 2008

Today, part four of the Uncommon Knowledge interview with economists John Taylor and Ken Judd, to whom I read an excerpt from a column by one Patrick J. Buchanan...

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