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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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."
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.