Hauck Auditorium, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
The world ahead will not be like the world behind us. That is a core belief often expressed by Hoover Institution Senior Fellow George Shultz, and also the driving force behind his new year-long project, Governance in an Emerging New World, which aims to tackle some of humanity’s most difficult issues.
Majority rule is a critical part of democracy, but without legal protections minority groups could be subject to abuses by the majority. Courts and the judicial branch play an important role in protecting their rights and limiting the excesses that would otherwise happen.
In July, Palau Pacific Airways shuttered its doors. The small airline had found itself the collateral damage in a battle between its archipelago of 21,000 persons and China. Palau is one of only 18 countries to maintain diplomatic relations with Taiwan. As a result, the Chinese government had banned all tour groups to Palau, imposed fines on those who defied the edict, and thereby crushed revenue for the airline.
hristina Ford’s testimony did not alter, positively or negatively, the facts of her allegations. She still cannot adduce where or when the alleged assault of 36 years prior occurred, or how she arrived at, or departed from, the alleged, but unnamed, location of the assault, or how many people and of which gender were present at the alleged assault. Nor did she name a single witness that could corroborate her narrative. Nor could she refute any of the named witnesses who contradicted her accounts.
I’m writing this while also watching the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Let’s cut past the snap commentary and get to two questions: 1) does the process worsen the Republicans’ already-weak standing with women; 2) could Republicans use Kavanaugh’s struggles to Democrats’ disadvantage in key red-state Senate races?
In “Why Liberalism Failed,” Patrick Deneen makes an eye-opening contribution to the critique of liberalism. Equating liberalism with the modern tradition of freedom, he distills abuses of state power, nature, culture, technology, and education that are undertaken in freedom’s name yet leave citizens less self-sufficient, less disposed to cooperate, and less capable of looking beyond material goods and social status to the cultivation of character and to the claims of duty.
The cost to US consumers and firms imposed by tariffs on Chinese imports is not large relative to the gain that would be achieved if the US succeeds in persuading China to stop illegally taking US firms’ technology. But the Trump administration should state that this is the goal, and that the tariffs will be removed when it is met.
Iran and America entered a new and intense phase of word-slinging and trash-talking this week. Wars of words can sometimes lead to shooting wars or they can raise the stakes so high that negotiations become necessary to skirt conflict. Which will it be with Iran? Future talks or terror?
Why is China taking desperate actions toward the Uyghur and the spread of radical Islam in the vast western region known as Xinjiang? Experts find little evidence directly linking jihadist-inspired radicalism to specific terrorist attacks and acts of violence in the region, which have been growing over the last decade. Beginning in early 2017, China began establishing innumerable “re-education centers,” sweeping up nearly 1 million Uyghur and other Muslim minorities, by some estimates, almost 1/10th of their population.
Over the course of the 2018–19 school year, the Education 20/20 speaker series, sponsored by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and the Hoover Institution, will prod prominent conservative writers, intellectuals, and policymakers to provide compelling answers to the age-old question, “What's the purpose of school?”
Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh, and whether Kavanaugh will be confirmed as well as how to handle similar situations in the future.
The uncertainty concerning Korea’s economic growth and economic policies reached the highest level in 15 months, global data showed on Sept. 23. According to the Economic Policy Uncertainty Index, Asia’s fourth-largest economy recorded 155.15 in July, the highest since 165.4 in April last year.
When he turned 65 in 2013, Lee Klass never considered a retirement party. Instead, he continued doing pretty much what he’s done for years, setting out from Portland, Ore., in his Freightliner 18-wheeler and hauling loads of packaged food and consumer goods across the U.S. That way, Klass was able to keep the money flowing and ultimately collect a bigger Social Security check.
The number of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder diagnoses has increased by nearly 42 percent in the past eight years, according to Psychiatry Today. And yet, there is no apparent environmental or physical explanation for this spike.