The 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China was not a birthday I felt like celebrating. As Dutch historian Frank Dikötter has shown in his searing three-volume history of the Mao era, the Communist regime claimed the lives of tens of millions of people: 2 million in the revolution between 1949 and 1951, another 3 million by the end of the 1950s, up to 45 million in the man-made famine known as the “Great Leap Forward,” and yet more in the mayhem of the Cultural Revolution, Mao Zedong’s campaign against the intelligentsia, which escalated into a civil war.
Hauck Auditorium, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Many have questioned the impact of new communication technologies on elections, but after the election, one must still govern. And taking advantage of the opportunities afforded by an emerging new world heightens the importance of good US political leadership. But the expanding use of social media and the advent of artificial intelligence and other new technologies are making day-to-day governance even more complicated. Drawing from their experiences in government, journalism, and policy, the panelists will discuss how these social and political dynamics have changed how governments operate and how these new tools can be harnessed to improve the quality of governance in America.
The Hoover Institution hosts a public panel discussion "Governing in an Emerging New World" on Monday, October 7, 2019 from 4:00pm - 5:15pm PST. The event will be livestreamed and can be viewed below
Ryan Holiday talks about his latest book, Stillness Is the Key, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Holiday explores how stillness--the cultivation of serenity and focus--can affect how we live and how we perceive life. Topics discussed include the performance artist Marina Abramovic, Winnie the Pooh, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Michael Jordan's Hall of Fame induction speech. Holiday also explains how he keeps track of information and how his system makes it easier for him to write his books.
Paymon Rouhanifard, CEO at Propel America, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss his time as Superintendent of the Camden City School District, including how he worked to change the fortunes of a struggling district, as well as his current efforts at Propel America to ensure a path to prosperity for high school graduates.
Prague, July 2019. I’m sitting with Ivan Havel in a cozy alcove of the Austro-Hungarian–themed Monarchie restaurant when Monika Pajerová arrives. A student leader in the Velvet Revolution and still bubbling with energy thirty years later, blond, bespectacled Monika takes a smartphone out of her handbag and scans the barcode on my bottle of mineral water. The phone buzzes and displays a green-ink caricature of Andrej Babiš, the agribusiness oligarch and former secret police informer who is now the Czech prime minister. Beneath his frowning face are the words “Bez Andreje” (loosely translatable as “does not contain Andrej”), indicating that this bottled water is not a product of any of his companies. “It’s all right,” says Monika, “you can drink it!”
Tyler Cowen introduced an important new idea in 2011 and gave it a name: the fallacy of mood affiliation. His idea is sound and important; the name he gives and even the way he defines it is faulty. Here’s Tyler’s original statement.
Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson says that former Vice President Joe Biden’s son's business dealings in Ukraine are a more pressing matter than the events surrounding President Trump’s phone call with the president of Ukraine.
interview with Niall Fergusonvia New Enlightenment Conference, Edinburgh, 2019
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson reflects on threats to the global market systems since the 2008 financial crisis, the rise of left and right populism and socialism, as well as corporate responsibility and public sentiment towards large tech big businesses and the openness of free speech in universities.
Hoover Institution fellow Jack Goldsmtih discusses his new book, In Hoffa’s Shadow, where Goldsmith details his own rigorous investigation of Hoffa’s disappearance and explains why the long-held assumption of Chuckie O’Brien's, Goldsmith's step father, role in Hoffa's death is misguided. Yet, the book is more than a murder mystery. Goldsmith also reflects on the evolution of his own relationship with his step-father.
Hundreds of students, faculty and local community members gathered in Rackham Auditorium Friday to hear former United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice discuss life, career and her reflections on several specific points of policy.
Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state and national security advisor during the George W. Bush administration, appeared Thursday at Pittsburg State University as part of the H. Lee Scott Speaker Series: An Examination of American Life, which has previously featured other high-profile political players including Bill Clinton and Mitt Romney.
During a visit to the University of Michigan on Friday, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice offered a piece of advice to President Donald Trump. "Mr. President, don't always try to be your own best adviser," Rice said. "That's why you have advisers."
Author, research fellow and columnist David Davenport, who co-authored with Gordon Lloyd “How Public Policy Became War” (2019: Hoover Institution Press), addressed the Coronado Roundtable on the book’s topic at its September monthly meeting at the Coronado Public Library. The Coronado resident is a regular columnist for the Washington Examiner, a radio commentator and a former president of Pepperdine University.
The always insightful Victor Davis Hanson has an article titled "How China 'Woke' America." This could not have happened soon enough, because before being "woke," America was a pitiful giant with respect to China. In every way imaginable, American leadership allowed China to take advantage of the U.S. and its citizens. This woeful condition came about through matters large and small. Look first at just some of the macro issues.
Economic expansions don't have a predetermined shelf life. They don't come with expiration dates or time limits. They don't die of old age. Australia hasn't experienced a recession — defined as two or more consecutive quarters of negative growth — since 1991. So the mere fact that the current U.S. expansion is the longest on record shouldn't necessarily be concerning.
The three authors are from different worlds. They have spent years at the top of their professions. The trio all meet questions with disarming candor. Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, retired Marine Corps Gen. and former defense secretary Jim Mattis, and Microsoft President Brad Smith all have new books out, each of them rich in the perspective that authors gain from decades in positions of authority. I have interviewed the three men recently either on the radio or at events at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, Calif., or both.
The weekend saw the release from an Australian prison of Iranian scientist Reza Dehbashi Kivi, after more than a year in jail, coinciding with Iran's release of two Australian travel bloggers after they were imprisoned for more than three months. Another Australian academic, Kylie Moore Gilbert remains in prison in Iran.
Amidst all of the rhetoric and dire predictions surrounding global climate change, it is easy to lose one’s perspective. But, we will not successfully minimize the risks created by global climate change without perspective.
Those planning to attend Tuesday's Ubben Lecture by Condoleezza Rice should be aware that doors to Kresge Auditorium will close at 7:25 p.m., five minutes before the event begins. It is advised that guests arrive early to the venue, which is located within DePauw University's Green Center for the Performing Arts (600 S. Locust Street).