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Policy Implications Of COVID-19

via Hoover Institution on COVID-19
Friday, March 20, 2020

Hoover Institution fellows are closely following the developments of the global COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak. This page hosts a daily digest of their latest analysis.

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The Psychology Of Viral Paradoxes

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Sunday, March 22, 2020

There are a lot of known unknowns and paradoxes in these times of uncertainty. Here are a few.

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Unsung Hero

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Sunday, March 22, 2020

Mark Calabria,  Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie and Fredy, announced an excellent policy response to the virus.

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Hoover Fellow Profile: Cole Bunzel On The Past, Present And Future Of Wahhabism

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Cole Bunzel is a Hoover fellow at the Hoover Institution. A historian and Arabist, he studies the history and contemporary affairs of the Islamic Middle East, with a particular focus on violent Islamism and the Arabian Peninsula. He is currently writing a book about the origins and history of Wahhabism, a fundamentalist sect of Sunni Islam. In this interview, Bunzel discussed his work on the origins and evolution of Wahhabism, how the ideology animates modern jihadist movements, and its role in the political life of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Western Mismanagement Of Coronavirus Means The Elderly Are Targets

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, March 23, 2020

Many will die, but most of the deaths could have been avoided with better preparation and earlier action.

Analysis and Commentary

The Virus Is Not Invincible, But It’s Exposing Who’s Irreplaceable

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, March 22, 2020

When your refrigerator goes out under quarantine and your supplies begin to rot, do you really need another rant from Maxine Waters—or do you rather need a St. Michael Smith and St. Uriel Mendoza to appear out of nowhere as the archangels from Home Depot to wheel up and connect a new one?

Analysis and Commentary

Houston, We Have A (Convention) Problem . . . In Milwaukee

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Contrary to appearances (and a lack of candidates appearing on television these days), the 2020 campaign didn’t shelter in place, though time will tell if and when presidential politics returns to full throttle.

Analysis and Commentary

Can Covid-19 Be Stopped?

by Timothy Kanevia Medium
Sunday, March 22, 2020

The government of California has ordered all 40 million of its citizens to stay home. Schools are closed. Universities are closed. Most business are closed, and many will never open again. Will this extreme response stop the spread of the novel Coronavirus?

Analysis and Commentary

GSB Professors: We Must All Fight The Coronavirus

by Peter DeMarzo, Hanno Lustig, Amit Seruvia Stanford Daily
Saturday, March 21, 2020

We are fighting a war. The aggressor is invisible, but the effects are the same: a ravaged economy, physical, social and emotional harm to our loved ones and a threat to our way of life. We must mobilize now to win this war.

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Lanhee Chen: We Can Overcome This Crisis Together

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Townhall Review
Monday, March 23, 2020

There’s something important that all of us can do to stop the spread of coronavirus.

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Forget Stimulus Checks. Send Prepaid Cards Instead.

by Herbert Linvia The Washington Post
Friday, March 20, 2020

The administration and members of Congress have proposed giving Americans a significant amount of cash to stimulate the economy, such as a check for $1,000 or more to every American adult.

Analysis and Commentary

Vladimir Putin’s Encirclement Of Europe

by Jakub Grygielvia National Review
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Russian propaganda, going back to czarist and Soviet times, often claims that Western powers are encircling Russia, forcing Moscow to be belligerent against its wishes. Russia is the perennial victim of aggressive foreign powers trying to keep Moscow locked in the steppes and, in the worst case, to install themselves in the Kremlin.

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Please, Someone, Name Your Favorite Education Decade

by Christopher N. Ruszkowskivia Education Week
Monday, March 23, 2020

A few weeks back, before the coronavirus swept aside all other conversations, I penned a post remaking on the disappointing educational legacy of the 2010s. My jump-off point was Diane Ravitch's new book; my takeaway was that it reminded me that Ravitch and the reformers she opposed were, in important ways, mirror images of one another—plagued by similar mistakes and missteps.

Analysis and Commentary

Azra Raza On The First Cell

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, March 23, 2020

Author and oncologist Azra Raza talks about her book The First Cell with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Raza argues that we have made little progress in fighting cancer over the last 50 years. The tools available to oncologists haven't changed much--the bulk of the progress that has been made has been through earlier and earlier detection rather than more effective or compassionate treatment options. 

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The Education Exchange: How New York City’s Schools Are Changing

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, March 23, 2020

A senior fellow and director of education policy at the Manhattan Institute, Ray Domanico, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss how enrollment in district and charter schools in New York City is shifting.

Analysis and Commentary

Pandemic Federalism

by John Yoovia National Review
Friday, March 20, 2020

Large parts of the nation’s response can be undertaken only by the states.

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Interviews

John Cochrane On The Dan Proft Show

interview with John H. Cochranevia The Dan Proft Show
Friday, March 20, 2020

(2:06) Hoover Institution fellow John Cochrane discusses the economic implications of the coronavirus and how to keep the economy going. Cochrane also discusses whether the coronavirus is indicting or vindicating capitalism.

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Richard Epstein On The Dan Proft Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Dan Proft Show
Friday, March 20, 2020

(3:39) Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses government reactions to contain the coronavirus and Epstein encourages more reliance on science and data, rather than government.

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Victor Davis Hanson: The Untold Story With Martha MacCallum

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Friday, March 20, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson talks about growing up on a multi-generational farm, why he decided to write The Case for Trump, and his opinions on today's political landscape.

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Darrell Duffie On The Financial Markets In A Coronavirus World

interview with Darrell Duffievia Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Darrell Duffie discusses the volatility of the financial markets and potential stabilizing measures.

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Lanhee Chen And Other Experts Weigh In On Coronavirus Challenges

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia CNN
Sunday, March 22, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and how officials are dealing with the challenges.

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John Yoo: Executive Power V. Coronavirus

interview with John Yoovia The Federalist Society
Friday, March 20, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses President Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, reauthorization of provisions of FISA, and congressional efforts to prohibit military action against Iran within the broader context of the presidency and its constitutional powers.

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John Yoo On The John Batchelor Show

interview with John Yoovia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, March 20, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses his National Review article "The U.S. Must Reject the International Criminal Court’s Attack on Its National Sovereignty."

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Herb Lin: The Neglected Cyber ​​Security

interview with Herbert Linvia PROSA
Friday, March 13, 2020

Hoover fellow Herb Lin discusses cyber-security.

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Historian Niall Ferguson Warns Of Contagion, Online And Off

featuring Niall Fergusonvia The New York Times
Friday, March 20, 2020

Historian Niall Ferguson has a knack for timing his TV projects. He debuted his examination of the global financial system in “The Ascent of Money” just as the 2008 economic crisis was hitting. Now he has returned with a series that helps us better understand the coronavirus. 

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Historian Niall Ferguson Warns Of Contagion, Online And Off

featuring Niall Fergusonvia ABC News
Friday, March 20, 2020

Historian Niall Ferguson has a knack for timing his TV projects. He debuted his examination of the global financial system in “The Ascent of Money” just as the 2008 economic crisis was hitting. Now he has returned with a series that helps us better understand the coronavirus. “Niall Ferguson’s Networld” from PBS is a look at the rise of online social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

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Where's The (Relatively) Positive Coronavirus News? Some Say It's Suppressed.

quoting Richard A. Epstein, Victor Davis Hansonvia Newsweek
Friday, March 20, 2020

"Why the lockdown of societies now and not in any previous virus of our lifetime?" radio host Dennis Prager asked Hoover Institution senior fellow Victor Davis Hanson on Wednesday. "The official explanation is that the data proves to us that coronavirus is much more easily transmissible and much more toxic than, say, H1N1," he answered. "All I'm suggesting is that there's a lot of data that does not yet substantiate that theory."

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U.S. COVID-19 Fatality Rate Steady: About 1 Percent

mentioning Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Friday, March 20, 2020

Like many Americans, I’ve been tracking statistical reports about the coronavirus pandemic. In particular, I’ve been closely following Worldometer, which seems reliable, covers the globe, and gets updated frequently. It has been frustrating, though, to try to find good breakouts on fatality rate numbers.

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Coronavirus Facts, Fear And Panic: Some Experts Say We May Be Overreacting To The Coronavirus Pandemic While Overlooking Some Good News

quoting Richard A. Epsteinvia TechStartups.com
Friday, March 20, 2020

Coronavirus is deadly, lethal and real. As such, the coronavirus pandemic situation should be taken seriously. As of the time of writing, there are more than 254,701 confirmed cases worldwide with at least 10,447 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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Should The Fed Decide Who Gets Bailout Cash?

quoting John H. Cochrane, Darrell Duffievia Marketplace
Friday, March 20, 2020

Following uproar about bailout decisions during the 2008 financial crisis, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act took away powers from the Federal Reserve that allowed it to pick and choose who gets bailed out. Now some are arguing those powers should be restored.

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Coronavirus Price Gouging Shouldn’t Be Criminal

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Deseret News (UT)
Friday, March 20, 2020

The coronavirus has proven to be quite the world pandemic, affecting several segments of society. When events like this occur, the market is shocked, as people make runs on various stores and all kinds of shortages occur. Along with the shortages, consumers sometimes experience and complain about “price gouging” — intentionally raising prices on certain kinds of goods, resulting in “higher than normal” profits.

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Panic Has Led To Government “Cures” That Are Worse Than The Disease, History Shows

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Foundation for Economic Education
Friday, March 20, 2020

Let’s take the novel coronavirus seriously, but let’s not throw reason, prudence, or the Constitution out the window.

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From Breaking With China To Boosting Bipartisanship, Coronavirus Markedly Impacting US Politics

quoting Michael R. Auslinvia New York Post
Friday, March 20, 2020

Precedent doesn’t provide much guidance. There’s a deadly coronavirus threatening to circulate through the population. The resulting government orders and social sanctions of self-distancing and self-isolating behavior are unprecedented in living memory.

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Federalist Society Hosts Panel On Government Powers Amid Coronavirus Crisis

quoting John Yoovia The Washington Examiner
Saturday, March 21, 2020

As week one of coronavirus-induced “self-quarantine” comes to a close with at least two weeks to go, the question is mounting: Should the government really make everyone stay at home for months and cause the economy nearly to grind to a halt? And would such an effort even be constitutional?

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Who Can Save The Economy?

quoting Kevin Warshvia The Week
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Throw out the playbook, said Dennis Kelleher at MarketWatch. Saving the economy from ruin will require more than the tools used in the 2008 financial crisis. It's time to think about the coronavirus pandemic as "a CAT 5 hurricane" that may cause "nationwide destruction and cripple the financial system and the U.S. economy."

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This Is A Time For Churchillian Leadership

quoting Andrew Robertsvia The Globe and Mail
Saturday, March 21, 2020

The other day a friend posted a picture of a Churchill figurine with the caption: What would Winston say? It’s a good question. As the world reels from a frightening pandemic, people everywhere are looking for strong leadership. Most are not getting it. Churchill’s legendary turn as a wartime Prime Minister of the United Kingdom offers an invaluable example of how to lead in a time of danger and dread.

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Obama’s Bad Stimulus Example

quoting Casey B. Mulliganvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, March 20, 2020
Democrats want to repeat the 2009 strategy of paying Americans not to work.
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Can Something Good Come of This? Some Prominent Americans Answer

quoting General Jim Mattisvia The Wall Street Journal
Monday, March 23, 2020

[Subscription required] Politicians, military leaders and an educator peer into the future to predict how the coronavirus pandemic will change us.

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Three Ways To Reset Our Coronavirus Financial Crisis

cited John B. Taylorvia The Hill
Sunday, March 22, 2020

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” as President Obama’s adviser, Rahm Emanuel, said in the early days of the Obama presidency. Mr. Emanuel’s point was that public uncertainty in a crisis gives the party in power greater license, enabling it to execute on pre-crisis agenda items.

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Predictions: What Will America Look Like After The Wuhan Coronavirus?

cited Russell Robertsvia The Federalist
Friday, March 20, 2020

What will be the long-term impact of the Wuhan virus on the economy, higher education, homeschooling, jobs, Congress, and American politics as we know it?

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Get Creative, Congress, And Stay At Work Until The Economy Has Been Steadied

cited Herbert Linvia The Washington Post
Sunday, March 22, 2020

Phase one of the federal government’s response to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic was the many-faceted intervention by the Federal Reserve. Bravo.

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Here’s An Economic Aid Plan Better Than Mitch McConnell’s

cited Kevin Warshvia The Washington Post
Saturday, March 21, 2020

The impact of the coronavirus on the U.S. economy will be grave: potentially graver than the Great Recession of 2008-2009. JPMorganChase projects that gross domestic product may shrink 14 percent between now and the end of June. Picture your local area as it was a couple of weeks ago, with its shops, factories and farms; now, imagine one-seventh of all that activity gone, with more damage, possibly, to come.

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Congress Needs To Give Small Biz A Way To Hold On Or Entire Economy Could Melt Down

cited Kevin Warshvia The New York Post
Friday, March 20, 2020

Congress is racing to contain the COVID-19 economic fallout, but if lawmakers don’t get the diagnosis right, they’ll never produce the right cure. The biggest danger: a full-tilt credit collapse.

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Napoleon: Not So Bad After All

mentioning Andrew Robertsvia Powerline
Sunday, March 22, 2020

Let’s take a break from COVID-19 and talk books. Last year I read Andrew Roberts’ biography of Winston Churchill, and enjoyed it. I didn’t realize that he also wrote a biography of Napoleon Bonaparte in 2014 until one of my daughters gave it to me for Christmas. It is a terrific book–long, at 800 pages, but so absorbing that it could easily have been longer.

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Confucius Institutes

mentioning Larry Diamond, Hoover Institutionvia Full Measure
Sunday, March 22, 2020

Today, a China connection to our colleges. Some are urging American colleges to shut down their China-funded Confucius Institutes. Critic claims the learning centers could be used as tools for China to spy, and influence our students. Defenders say the threat is overblown. Joce Sterman investigates.