Hoover Daily Report
Analysis and Commentary
Adolf Hitler, courtesy of the German Federal Archive (Deutsches Bundesarchiv)
Analysis and Commentary

The Seductions Of Appeasement

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, January 4, 2015

Before World War II appeasement was a good word, reflecting a supposedly wise policy of understanding an enemy’s predicaments. Sober Western democracies would grant tolerable concessions to aggressive dictators in Germany, Italy, and Japan to satiate their appetites for more.

Analysis and Commentary

The Ironies Of Oil

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Gasoline prices are on the verge of crashing down to below $2 a gallon. The price of oil may dip below $50 a barrel.

Analysis and Commentary

A Year Of Anniversaries

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Monday, January 5, 2015

2014 has been a year of anniversaries. It was the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War — a war which many at the time saw as madness, and predicted that it would be the harbinger of a Second World War a generation later.

Analysis and Commentary

Interest-paying Money Is Not Inflationary

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Saturday, January 3, 2015

(With credible fiscal policy, of course.)  Another interesting case, from JP Koning's Blog "Moneyness"

Analysis and Commentary

Teachers Union In New York City Pushes Property Tax Change To Boost Teacher Hiring

by Eric Hanushekvia Education Next
Monday, January 5, 2015

It’s like the bad penny that keeps re-appearing, only it costs hundreds of millions of dollars. The constant reversion to calls for ever-smaller class sizes never seems to lose its appeal for the teacher unions or for school districts arguing for more funds.

Jerusalem
Analysis and Commentary

Israel's Jewish Nation-State Proposal Still Looms

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Sunday, January 4, 2015

TEL AVIV -- The controversy that flared up in November over the introduction in the Knesset of a proposal to enshrine in Basic Law -- enactments possessing constitutional status -- the proposition that Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people has swiftly come and gone.

Analysis and Commentary

NYPD's Reverse Washington Monument Strategy

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, January 4, 2015

Here's what Richard L. Stroup writes about the Washington Monument Strategy (WMS):

Analysis and Commentary

The ‘Divergent’ World Of 2015

by Niall Fergusonvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, January 2, 2015

Veronica Roth’s novel offers a useful way of viewing global politics and economics. Let’s hear it for Dauntless America.

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Analysis and Commentary

What Is Britain? The Right Answer Could Win The Next Election

by Timothy Garton Ashvia The Guardian
Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Conservatives are winning the battle to appeal to the unhappy English voter over the future of Britain and its place in Europe. Labour needs to sharpen up.
 

Analysis and Commentary

The Soviet Military–Industrial Complex: New Year Insights From Dexter And Rodionov

by Mark Harrisonvia Mark Harrison's Blog
Thursday, January 1, 2015

Today sees a new version of the Dexter-Rodionov guide to The Factories, Research and Design Establishments of the Soviet Defence Industry. This is the sixteenth edition; the very first (in which I was co-author) appeared in January 1999.

The International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands
Analysis and Commentary

The Palestinian Authority’s Lose-Lose-Lose Move On ICC

by Matthew Waxmanvia Lawfare
Monday, January 5, 2015

Just before the end of the year, the Palestinian Authority took steps to become party to the Rome Statute and thereby join the International Criminal Court (ICC). This is a lose-lose-lose move: it is bad for Israel, bad for the Palestinian Authority, and bad for the ICC.

Immigration
Analysis and Commentary

Jeb Bush’s Conservative Immigration Agenda

by Clint Bolickvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, January 1, 2015

Pundits who claim he is for ‘amnesty’ are wrong. His goal is to bolster the economy and the nation’s security.

Lawfare
Analysis and Commentary

A New Year’s Message: Plans For 2015

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Thursday, January 1, 2015

The year 2014 was a great one for Lawfare–with continued growth in readership, and development of new content streams. I honestly did not believe we would eclipse Lawfare‘s performance in 2013 this past year. But we did.

Analysis and Commentary

New Year’s Resolutions For California Politicos

by Bill Whalenvia Sacramento Bee
Thursday, January 1, 2015

At a time of resolutions and promises of enlightenment, here are some vows our political class and citizenry should consider:

Analysis and Commentary

Picking The Right CBO Director

by Charles Blahousvia e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century
Monday, January 5, 2015

With the term of current Congressional Budget Office (CBO) director Doug Elmendorf expiring, incoming House Budget Committee chairman Tom Price, along with soon-to-be-named Senate Budget Committee chairman Mike Enzi, will need to choose the agency’s next director.

Analysis and Commentary

Henderson on Weidenbaum

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, January 3, 2015

My first article of 2015 is out. It's "A Feel for Economics: Murray Weidenbaum, 1927-2014," Regulation, Winter 2014-15.

Analysis and Commentary

Friday Night Video: Klein on Libertarian Bargainers and Challengers

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, January 2, 2015

Daniel Klein has one of the most unusual minds of all the libertarian intellectuals I know. He will get on a subject where I see nothing there, and then, with fairly simple exposition and examples, make a powerful argument that causes me to go "Ah hah."

Analysis and Commentary

New Year's Resolutions For California's Politicians

by Carson Brunovia Real Clear Markets
Friday, January 2, 2015

New Year's Eve has come and gone. Now it's time to figure out California's New Year's Resolutions. About 45% of Americans usually make resolutions, a popular tradition that some say dates back to the ancient Babylonians, who started each New Year making promises to the gods.

Analysis and Commentary

The Wonder Of Economic Freedom

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, January 2, 2015

Like fellow blogger Alberto Mingardi, I appreciate Jeffrey Tucker's writings on the "marvels of a free market economy." The other person I would put in the same category is Don Boudreaux over at CafeHayek.

Analysis and Commentary

The Progressive Racial Narrative And Its Beneficiaries

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Friday, January 2, 2015

A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll reveals that nearly 6 in 10 people believe race relations are bad, with 23% saying they are “very bad.” The causes of these perceptions are many, including nationally publicized police killings of two black men, disorderly and violent demonstrators ignoring the facts of the cases to brand the police “racist,” a lazy media neglecting to dig up and then publicize those facts, and a president, Attorney General, and mayor of New York willing to exploit and widen racial division and consort with hustlers like Al Sharpton.

Analysis and Commentary

California ‘White House’ Would Help Pacific Pivot

by Markos Kounalakisvia Sacramento Bee
Saturday, December 27, 2014

Symbolism counts for a lot in foreign policy. Adversarial leaders are photographed smiling and shaking hands to show thawing relations. They grimace to show public displeasure.

Analysis and Commentary

California's Population-Growth Problem

by Carson Brunovia Real Clear Markets
Thursday, December 18, 2014

Last week, the California Department of Finance announced that California's population grew to 38.5 million, an increase of 335,000 (or 0.9%) between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014. More problematic for the Golden State is that since 1999-2000, on average, the state has seen less than 1 percent growth per year.

Interviews
Interviews

Bill Whalen, Douglas Rivers, and Lanhee Chen on the John Batchelor Show

interview with Bill Whalen, Douglas Rivers, Lanhee J. Chenvia John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, December 31, 2014

In a New Years Special, John Batchelor plays his favorite segments from 2014.  Here, Senior Fellow Douglas Rivers and Research Fellows Bill Whalen and Lanhee Chen discuss the 2014 elections.

Immigration
Interviews

Richard Epstein on Ricochet

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia Ricochet
Monday, December 29, 2014

Senior Fellow Richard Epstein discusses immigration reform on Ricochet.

Thomas Sowell Brings the World into Focus through an Economics Lens
Interviews

Thomas Sowell on Uncommon Knowledge

interview with Thomas Sowellvia Wall Street Journal
Saturday, January 3, 2015

Senior Fellow Thomas Sowell discusses his research and perspectives on inequality, immigration, and race in the US on Uncommon Knowledge.

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Interviews

Michael McFaul on MSNBC

interview with Michael McFaulvia MSNBC
Friday, January 2, 2015

Senior Fellow Michael McFaul discusses Vladimir Putin's popularity on MSNBC.

Interviews

Fouad Ajami on the John Batchelor Show

interview with Fouad Ajamivia John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, December 30, 2014

In a New Years Special, John Batchelor plays his favorite segments from 2014.  Here, Senior Fellow Fouad Ajami discusses "children of the fault lines."

In the News
In the News

Matching The 'Undermatched'

featuring Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Inside Higher Education
Monday, January 5, 2015

Ever since a 2012 study found that a majority of high-achieving, low-income high school seniors don't apply to a single competitive college, educators and policy makers have been debating what to do about "undermatching," as the issue has come to be called.

In the News

Here's What Economics Gets Right

quoting John H. Cochranevia Bloomberg
Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Criticizing economics for not being scientific enough is a crime of which many of us -- I’ve done it -- are guilty.  But there’s a right way to do it and a wrong way to do it.  Alex Rosenberg and Tyler Curtain, writing in the New York Times, have done it the wrong way.

In the News

Cuban Cigars Still Off-limits, But For How Much Longer?

quoting Stephen Habervia San Jose Mercury News
Monday, January 5, 2015

SAN JOSE -- As the long-standing prohibition on Cuban stogies begins to fade, aficionados in the Bay Area are clamoring for a puff of the long-forbidden cigars thought by many to be the best in the world.

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In the News

Progressives And Disorder

mentioning George P. Shultzvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The next two years may be the most dangerous since the Cold War ended.

In the News

Soviet Reunion: Putin's Answer To The EU Starts January 1 — But It's Already Being Challenged

quoting Condoleezza Ricevia Vice News
Wednesday, December 31, 2014

When Vladimir Putin first announced his vision of a "Eurasian Union" of former Soviet republics in 2011, ahead of his return to the Russian presidency, wary Westerners fretted about the prospect of an Iron Curtain descending again across the continent.

In the News

Democratic Fatalism And The New Year

mentioning Josef Joffevia Commentary
Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Josef Joffe begins his book The Myth of America’s Decline by noting that the concept of national decline “is as American as apple pie, the theme antedating the birth of the American Republic.

In the News

If Quantitative Easing Works, Why Has It Failed to Kick-Start Inflation?

quoting John H. Cochranevia Global Research (Canada)
Saturday, January 3, 2015

Quantitative easing (QE) was supposed to stimulate the economy and pull us out of deflation.

In the News

Long-shot Republican Candidates Weigh Spicing Up 2016 Race

quoting Bill Whalenvia Fox News
Sunday, January 4, 2015

The 2016 Republican presidential field could be bigger than any in recent memory – thanks to a growing second tier of potential contenders.

In the News

Joshua Greene on Moral Tribes, Moral Dilemmas, and Utilitarianism

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, January 5, 2015

Joshua Greene, of Harvard University and author of Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about morality and the challenges we face when our morality conflicts with that of others. Topics discussed include the difference between what Greene calls automatic thinking and manual thinking, the moral dilemma known as "the trolley problem," and the difficulties of identifying and solving problems in a society that has a plurality of values. Greene defends utilitarianism as a way of adjudicating moral differences.

In the News

The Future Of Broadcast News And Punditry

featuring Lanhee J. Chenvia Hugh Hewitt Blog
Tuesday, December 30, 2014

I hope you had a chance to listen to yesterday’s show.  Guest hosting for me was Lanhee Chen, the David and Diane Steffy Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution; director of Domestic Policy Studies and lecturer in the Public Policy Program at Stanford University and a lecturer in law at Stanford Law School.

In the News

Our Voice: Leaders Must Prepare For Population Growth

quoting Carson Brunovia Desert Sun
Saturday, January 3, 2015

A recent state report said that while California’s population is continuing the moderate rate of growth it has seen in recent years, it saw its biggest two-year bump since before the Great Recession.