Hoover Daily Report
Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

The Westernized Anti-Westerner

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

What accounts for hatred of the West by people who voluntarily spent years here? One of the stranger things about East–West relations these days is the schizophrenic attraction to, and hatred of, Western culture that characterizes many foreign leaders and celebrities.

Speaking the Law book cover
Analysis and Commentary

Speaking The Law: The Obama Administration’s Addresses On National Security Law

by Kenneth Anderson, Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Monday, May 4, 2015

For some time now, Lawfare and the Hoover Institution Press have been serializing our book on the Obama Administration’s speeches on legal policy and national security. Now, we are pleased to announce Hoover has released an edition in hard copy, complete with a handy compendium on what we call the canonical national security law speeches of the administration.

Analysis and Commentary

More Evidence On Worker Opposition To Minimum Wage

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, May 4, 2015

This helps make the point I made in my recent post that we can't expect low wage workers to be good economic theorists, just as we can't expect most people to be good economic theorists. This minimum wage increase had to smack Devin Jeran in the face before he started thinking about it.

Analysis and Commentary

Baltimore’s Real Police Problem

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, May 4, 2015

The culprit in this mess is not racism. It’s the progressive policies that have destroyed a city.  

Analysis and Commentary

Race, Politics, And Lies

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Among the many painful ironies in the current racial turmoil is that communities scattered across the country were disrupted by riots and looting because of the demonstrable lie that Michael Brown was shot in the back by a white policeman in Missouri — but there was not nearly as much turmoil created by the demonstrable fact that a fleeing black man was shot dead by a white policeman in South Carolina.

Analysis and Commentary

Book Review: International Law In The U.S. Legal System, 2nd Edition By Curtis A. Bradley

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Monday, May 4, 2015

Curtis A. Bradley (Duke University Law School professor, leading scholar of US foreign relations law and, not least, Friend of Lawfare) is most recently author of  International Law in the U.S. Legal System, 2nd Edition,  which has just been released in paperback.  The intersection of international law and US law and legal processes, says Bradley, is a mixture of “constitutional, statutory, judicial, and executive branch materials.”  Mingling these materials means that international law, as applied in United States courts,

Analysis and Commentary

Turkey’s Inglorious Past

by Andrew Robertsvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The centenary of the start of the “Meds Yeghern” (Great Calamity)—the Turkish genocide against the minority Armenian Christian population of the Ottoman Empire—has come at an awkward time for the government of Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Analysis and Commentary

Lemieux Defends Google

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, May 4, 2015

An excerpt from Pierre Lemieux, "In Defense of Google," one of this month's two Feature Articles. Pierre shows that the latest European Commission charge against Google "reveals the poverty of the standard antirust doctrine."

Analysis and Commentary

Baltimore And The Betrayal Of Black Dignity

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Baltimore is the latest American city to become a stage for the farce that is our national racial discourse. The swift, politicized indictment of 6 police officers for the death of Freddie Gray––which brought down, for now, the curtain on this performance by abandoning all the canons of procedural justice–– is a fitting end to this sorry spectacle.

Analysis and Commentary

Europe Gives $260 Billion For Anti-EU Greece But Balks At $65 Billion For Pro-Europe Ukraine

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, May 4, 2015

Greece’s election of an anti-Europe government showed it wants out. Ukraine’s EuroMaidan revolution shows it was willing to risk its existence to become a part of Europe. Europe has showered recalcitrant Greece with hundreds of billions of bailout funds while begrudgingly giving Ukraine tens of billions just to keep it alive, even though Ukraine is fighting Europe’s war against Russian expansionism.

Interviews
Hoover senior fellow Richard Epstein
Interviews

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (19:18)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia John Batchelor Show
Monday, May 4, 2015

Hoover fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas piece, “The EPA’s Clean Coal Dust-Up.” Epstein notes that the issues are complex and their resolution depends in large measure on understanding the ways in which the EPA’s CPP exercises its power. "We need pollution regulation, but not the kind the federal government is offering."

Admiral Gary Roughead, USN (Ret.), is the Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fello
Interviews

Admiral Gary Roughead On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Admiral Gary Rougheadvia John Batchelor Show
Monday, May 4, 2015

Admiral Gary Roughead, USN (Ret.), an Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, discusses his Harvard International Review piece, “Getting Serious About the Arctic: US Interests in the North.” Roughead notes no longer are we at a point where we can just talk about climate change or the dramatic physical changes taking place, the United States must begin to make informed investments that best position it for a fruitful Arctic and Antarctic future.

Henry I. Miller
Interviews

Henry Miller On The John Batchelor Show (19:28)

interview with Henry I. Millervia John Batchelor Show
Monday, May 4, 2015

Hoover fellow Henry Miller discusses his Forbes piece, “Chipotle: The Strangest Restaurant Menu Ever.” Chipotle Mexican grill announced that beginning April 27, none of the offerings at its more than 1,800 restaurants will contain ingredients from “genetically modified organisms.”  Miller notes that if Chipotle makes good on that commitment, then their menu will be the strangest ever in an American restaurant, since virtually all of the foods in our diets come from organisms that have been genetically modified in some way. Chipotle's new menu will be limited to wild berries, wild game, wild mushrooms, and wild-caught fish and shellfish.

In the News
In the News

Baltimore Is Calm Following ‘Depraved-Heart Murder’ Charge

quoting John B. Taylorvia The Washington Post
Monday, May 4, 2015

Baltimore's streets are calm again after the state's attorney charged six police officers in connection with the death of Freddie Gray there last month, which the medical examiner determined to be a homicide. You can be sure, though, that the acrimony and the frustration are still there, and the city's peace will be tested again if the charges do not result in convictions.

Democrat's Donkey
In the News

Analysis: Harvard Faculty, Researchers Donated Overwhelmingly To Democrats

quoting Harvey C. Mansfieldvia The Washington Post
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

“The only debate we get here is between the far-left…and the liberals. It gives students a view that a very narrow spectrum of opinion is the only way to think.”

Carly Fiorina
In the News

Did Carly Fiorina’s 2010 Defeat In California Leave A Lasting Lesson For 2016?

quoting Bill Whalenvia KQED News (KQED)
Monday, May 4, 2015

For a political candidate with a rough-and-tumble reputation, Carly Fiorina’s announcement of a run for the nation’s highest office was notable for its setting: The more subdued world of a network morning show. “I think I’m the best person for the job because I actually understand how the economy works,” said Fiorina, 60, in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday.