If President Obama had a sense of history, he might have thrown, in Washington, a more heartening party, to which V-E Day would serve only as prologue. Pride of place would go to the beginning of the most glorious chapter in American foreign policy, the Pax Americana that has held for 70 years and benefited not only the United States, but also the rest of the world.
Many (not all) negative interest rate proposals call for the elimination of currency. Currency is dying anyway due to the great advantages of electronic transactions. I bemoaned the loss of privacy and political freedom when the NSA, the IRS, and pretty soon Twitter and the Chinese Department of Hacking have a record of everything you've ever bought or sold.
There was plenty to take away from this weekend’s Freedom Summit in Greenville, S.C., which featured nearly a dozen Republican presidential candidates (here’s a tick-tock of the day’s proceedings from a local publication).
A shaky future in Europe and political discord in the union means the shape of this country is now at stake. But building a federal state would make regional self-determination and accountable government a greater reality
Both of the nation’s retail hardware behemoths, Home Depot and Lowe’s, recently sold out to activists in ways that are the corporate equivalent of a dog’s putting his tail between his legs and slinking away from a bully. Home Depot announced that by the end of this year it will stop selling vinyl flooring that contains a class of chemicals called phthalates.
There’s been a lot of pontificating lately about how to interpret the opt-out movement and the message parents are trying to deliver. The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Riley believes that “soccer moms” are mad at Common Core. Jay Greene, channeled by Riley, blames the diminishment of parental control. Rick Hess fingers the reformers’ social justice agenda, which is at odds with the interests of middle class suburban parents.
The recent attack in Texas against a “draw Mohammed” event ended up with two dead jihadis and widespread criticism of event organizer Pamela Geller. The hypocrisies and ignorance behind such criticism have been amply documented, including by some on the left. But there’s another argument against actions and events like Geller’s that needs dismantling.
George H.W. Bush's decision to make war on his erstwhile ally Saddam Hussein. While that war looked cheap to America at the time, one unintended consequence was the 9/11 attacks. Those, in turn, led to a dramatic increase in financial regulation, a dramatic drop in civil liberties, and a dramatic drop in the freedom to travel.
2015 carries special significance throughout much of the country as schools complete the transition to the Common Core standards. Right now, students statewide will take the Smarter Balanced test, a next-generation exam aligned to the new, tougher standards. This marks a critical milestone not just for Common Core but, more importantly, for the decades-long journey to improve America’s schools.
Russia is in the news, again. NATO ministers continue to discuss how to upgrade their response capabilities to contain Russia, an increasingly unpredictable neighbor, and Pentagon officials advise Congress that Russia is a primary military threat. Could this finally be the end of strong Russia-U.S. cooperation in the one region where our interests have aligned since the end of the Cold War: the Arctic?
Lawfare is pleased to announce the publication of a new — and timely — paper in the Lawfare Research Paper Series: An Essay on Domestic Surveillance, by Philip B. Heymann, law professor at Harvard Law School and former Deputy Attorney General in the first Clinton Administration.
From day one of the Snowden revelations, we all knew that the legal validity of the 215 program hinged ultimately on the capaciousness of a single word: “relevant.” Even those of us who generally support robust signals intelligence programs also knew immediately that the legal theory underlying this program lay right at the margins, perhaps beyond the margins, of the legally tenable
"The right to free speech also means acknowledging when to remain silent--a discipline Pam Geller never mastered." My response: No it doesn't. Everyone--and that includes fools, idiots, and toxic people--has the right to free speech. We can argue about whether Pam Geller should have taunted Muslims the way she did.
In all seriousness, it’s an inspired choice both for the agency and for the Obama Administration, which deserves credit for looking for someone of true distinction and gravitas for this position, even in the waning days of an administration.
Hoover fellow Ed Lazear discusses the latest jobs report. Lazear notes that the economy is not growing the factors of production in a way that we need them to grow in order to have high productivity growth. Lazear notes that job growth overstates the strength of the labor market and monetary policy is not particularly effective at stimulating the economy. If you want to add to productivity you have to think of the long run. We need low and efficient taxes, balanced budget, trade, and fewer regulations.
Hoover fellow Victor Davis Hanson dicsusses his recent article "No law, No Civilization," which examines what causes civilizations to collapse, from a dysfunctional fourth-century-B.C. Athens to contemporary bankrupt Greece. Hanson notes that increasingly in the United States, the degree to which a law is enforced -- or whether a person is indicted -- depends on political considerations and thus a complex society starts to unwind.
Hoover Institution fellow Harvey Mansfield discusses the political philosopher Leo Strauss and the school of philosophy he founded. Mansfield discusses key themes in Strauss's work, including esoteric writing, the quarrel between ancients and moderns, and the theological-political problem. Mansfield also reflects on three outstanding students of Strauss: Seth Benardete, Allan Bloom, and Ernest Fortin.
Hoover fellow Ed Lazear discusses the latest jobs report and notes that hours of work did not bounce back, which is symptomatic of a weak recovery. Hires are down from a few months ago which is troublesome too. We need prodictivity growth for job growth.
Hoover fellow Ed Lazear discusses the labor market and notes that the unemployment rate is not a good indicator of the job market. A better indicator of the job market it the labor participation rate or what proportion of the working age population has jobs. Before the recession that number was 63.8% now the number is 59.3%. Lazear notes that we have a long way to go to get back to full employment.
Hoover fellow Michael Petrilli discusses school closures in Ohio and notes that most of the time students end up in better schools and they do better as a result. When we looked at the impact of closures on their achievement, we found that, on average, children directly affected by closure gained significantly—the equivalent of an extra month of learning in their new schools.
We're in the middle of a healthcare revolution but it's about more than marvelous life-saving and life-enhancing apps on our smartphone. Eric Topol of the Scripps Translational Science Institute and author of The Patient Will See You Now argues that the digital revolution will give us more control of our health information and data.
The occasion was the announcement of the winners of this year’s George P. and Charlotte Shultz Fellowship in Modern Israel Studies. Now in its fourth year, the fellowship program provides financial support to students as they conduct research on issues relevant to modern Israel and the improvement of Israeli-Arab relations.
"I consider Putin as the leader of tactics, not a strategist. Yes, he makes emotional decisions. He did the same with Crimea. And since it was so easy, he had the temptation to go further. It is such a shame, annexation should have cost him much more," he stressed.
Rice, the first African American woman to hold the position, and a national security adviser to President George W. Bush, said racial inequality in the United States is better now than it was in the segregated South of Martin Luther King Jr., or the Alabama of her childhood.
According to Hoover economist Timothy Kane, the majority of studies show that increased immigration has a small negative effect on the relative wages of low-skilled native workers. However, economists also agree that the overall effect of increased immigration is positive.