Environmental problems result from the tragedy of the commons. In order to solve those problems, free market environmentalists look toward the one place where the tragedy of the commons doesn’t happen – in markets with clearly defined, enforced, and tradeable property rights. Property rights give people the incentive to protect their assets, and environmental problems often come down to the fact no one has an incentive to conserve the environment.
Hoover Institution fellow Ed Lazear discusses the impact on the US economy from the mounting government debt. Lazear notes that we need to cap the growth in expenditures to avoid a debt crisis in the future.
The Hoover Institution’s PolicyEd initiative today introduced a new educational video series entitled Policy Briefs, which explores issues related to civics, environment, economics, health care, and national security. Offering key principles and real-world examples, each episode features a succinct, easy to understand, and sharable policy explanation from a talk or presentation by a Hoover Institution fellow.
Self-determination for countries that had been occupied by Nazi Germany—Poland in particular—was foremost of the common objectives to which President Franklin Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winton Churchill committed on August 14, 1941 after meeting on the British battleship Prince of Wales off Newfoundland. Germany’s invasion of Poland had been the reason why Britain had declared war. Restoring Poland’s freedom was the war’s first-order objective. The Soviet Union’s 1939 partnership with Germany in that invasion and, by August 1941, its alliance with Britain, added a layer of difficulties.
Another significant increment of materials generated a century ago by the Czechoslovak Legions on the Western Front and in Siberia has been added to the Hoover holdings. Among the trove’s notable items, acquired from sources in Germany and Turkey, are the memoirs of a Czech Legionnaire, Bohuslav Pekárek, as well as a number of ephemeral publications and imprints.
Peter Thiel and Reid Hoffman, the two original members of the PayPal Mafia, engaged in a rigorous debate at Stanford University in early 2018 concerning the relationship between technology and politics.