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Supply And Demand In Local Economics

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Sunday, February 16, 2020

Act 1: If housing is too expensive, allow the supply curve to operate. In a surprising bit of excellent economics, Conor Dougherty writes "Build Build Build Build..."in Sunday's New York Times.

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Beware Of Faithless Electors

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, February 17, 2020

Don’t dismantle or radically reform the Electoral College.

The Grumpy Economist
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The Grumpy Economist: The Inequality Obsession

interview with John H. Cochranevia The Grumpy Economist | A Podcast with John H. Cochrane
Friday, February 14, 2020

Why concerns about American wealth disparities are vastly overblown.

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The High School Diploma Dilemma

by Margaret (Macke) Raymondvia The Hill
Monday, February 17, 2020

How hard should it be to earn a high school diploma? The way high school diploma requirements are currently evolving across the United States virtually ensures that the nation will continue to backslide in social equity, economic well-being and international competitiveness.

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

After The Strongmen

by Niall Ferguson cited Frank Diköttervia Boston Globe
Monday, February 17, 2020

In place of Angela Merkel as ‘the leader of the free world,’ we now live in a world ruled by male authoritarians.

Analysis and Commentary

The Farming Wit And Wisdom Of Mike Bloomberg

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Here is what Democratic candidate for president Michael Bloomberg said in 2016 at Oxford, in what he apparently offered up as an ad hoc history of labor, agriculture, and industry, leading up to his own sophisticated era, as reported in the New York Post: “I could teach anybody, even people in this room, no offense intended, to be a farmer,” Bloomberg told the audience at the Distinguished Speakers Series at the University of Oxford Saïd Business School. 

Analysis and Commentary

Should Attorney General Barr Resign?

by Jack Goldsmithvia The Dispatch
Monday, February 17, 2020

He has helped create the perception that the Justice Department is politicized.

Analysis and Commentary

Reaching Peak Progressivism

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, February 16, 2020

The frightening visions of the new peak progressives will ensure the reelection of Donald Trump, as well as either the likely end of themselves—or else a collective dystopian nightmare.

Analysis and Commentary

2,500 Years Of The Usual Suspects

by Ralph Petersvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

As competing powers gnaw at the last bleeding morsel of Syria—Idlib province on the Turkish border—what’s remarkable isn’t that these offspring of ancient empires are fighting, but that they’ve been fighting each other for millennia. No bursts of genocide or epochs of oppression could finish off the major players engaged: Arabs, Turks, Persians and, not least the last inheritors of Byzantium (represented by Vladimir Putin, self-proclaimed defender of Orthodox Christianity). 

Analysis and Commentary

Biden’s Stuck Between Barack And A Hard Place

by Bill Whalenvia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

For all of the agonizing within Joe Biden’s inner circle over how to cure what ails the former vice president’s anemic presidential run – fourth place in Iowa, fifth place in New Hampshire, presumably another setback in Nevada this weekend – there’s an obvious fix: roll out Barack Obama’s endorsement post haste.

Analysis and Commentary

David Davenport: The Democrats’ Go Big Or Go Home Problem

by David Davenportvia Townhall Review
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Have you noticed the Democrats’ new message? It’s “go big or go home.” Elizabeth Warren says we need “big structural change.” Bernie Sanders agrees, saying no “half measures.” Nearly all the candidates have jumped on the bandwagon, favoring Medicare for all, free college and a massive Green New Deal.

Analysis and Commentary

Advice For The Governor: Build Up The Affection Between Californians And Their Regions

by Joe Matthewsvia Eureka
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Dear Governor Newsom, Back in December, the high school football team in El Monte, a working-class immigrant suburb in the San Gabriel Valley, rode buses 13 hours and 750 miles to Crescent City, a poor town in California’s northwestern corner. Until the last minute, there had been doubt whether the team could make the trip. 

Analysis and Commentary

Peter Singer On The Life You Can Save

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, February 17, 2020

Philosopher and author Peter Singer of Princeton University talks about his book, The Life You Can Save with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Singer argues that those of us in the developed world with a high standard of living can and should give/forgo some luxuries and donate instead to reduce poverty and suffering in poor countries. 

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: The Gap Between High School Graduation And College Preparedness

by Paul E. Peterson interview with Margaret (Macke) Raymondvia The Education Exchange
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

A distinguished research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Macke Raymond (pictured), joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Raymond’s new paper that looks into rising high school graduation rates, and the gap between those high-school graduation requirements and the entry requirements for state universities.

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Did Paul Romer Just Call For A Witch Hunt?

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, February 17, 2020

The alternative is to make honesty and humility prerequisites for membership in the community of economists. The easy part is to challenge the pretenders. The hard part is to say no when government officials look to economists for an answer to a normative question. Scientific authority never conveys moral authority.

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Pinch Me

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, February 14, 2020

If you wore [sic] born and grew up in the U.S., Canada, Australia or any other country considered “developed,” there are probably a lot of things you take for granted on a daily basis. Things like clean drinking water, big grocery stores, and even mirrors. But for people who grew up in developing countries and then left, many aspects of life in the developed world might come as a shock.

Analysis and Commentary

‘New Kings Of The World’ Review: Hollywood, The Sequel

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Movies from India, soap operas from Turkey, bands from Korea—their avid global fan base threatens America’s pop-culture supremacy.

Interviews
Interviews

Niall Ferguson: Why The West Won

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Prager U
Monday, February 17, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the reasons why for the past few centuries, Western Civilization has dominated the world both culturally and economically.

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Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, February 14, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Rent Control Laws Are Unconstitutional."

Interviews

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, February 14, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Rent Control Laws Are Unconstitutional."

Interviews

A Push & A Pushback. Lanhee Chen Talks To Armstrong & Getty

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Armstrong & Getty
Friday, February 14, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses the week's political happenings, including the seemingly warm embrace of Michael Bloomberg by many in the Democratic establishment and Bill Barr's push-back against presidential tweets.

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John Yoo: Trump, Barr Clash Over President's Roger Stone Tweets

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses what seems like a double standard concerning high level officials in law enforcement and President Trump's supporters.

Interviews

John Yoo: Everybody Must Get Stone (44:17)

interview with John Yoovia Ricochet
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the Barr/Trump/Stone controversy.

In the News
In the News

The End Of History

quoting Larry Diamondvia The News
Saturday, February 15, 2020

When Francis Fukuyama wrote his essay (‘The End of History and the Last Man’) back in 1992, he argued that the idea of Western liberal democracy stood accepted and entrenched and while there might be ‘events’ here and there disproving the rule, they were not to be confused with ‘history’.

In the News

Better Pay For Teachers Makes Perfect Sense. But Getting There Won't Be Easy.

quoting Eric Hanushekvia The Washington Post
Friday, February 14, 2020

As I expected, many readers reacted heatedly to last week’s column on a proposal to reduce teacher retirement plans so that teachers who produced the best results could be paid more. Hanushek and company are even more hopeful than I am that the very difficult adjustments in the pension and compensation system could ever happen.

In the News

Monday Short Cuts

quoting Thomas Sowellvia The Patriot Post
Monday, February 17, 2020

The strongest argument for socialism is that it sounds good. The strongest argument against socialism is that it doesn’t work.

In the News

Organic Food Overhyped

quoting Bjorn Lomborgvia Canada Free Press
Monday, February 17, 2020

The organic industry is built upon a gigantic lie The industry doesn’t just advertise how good, pure, and natural it is, but also how bad, dirty and unnatural non-organic food is supposed to be by comparison.

In the News

Coronavirus' Greatest Impact Reveals U.S. And West Can Thrive Without The Chinese Communist Party

cited Niall Fergusonvia The Washington Times
Saturday, February 15, 2020

The 1980s novel and movie “The War of the Roses” recounted an ugly divorce between two apparently loving partners in an affluent household, a seemingly perfect marriage.

In the News

Friends Of The College Of The Desert Library Celebrate 50 Years

mentioning Elizabeth Cobbsvia Desert Sun
Friday, February 14, 2020

Guests at the Friends of the College of the Desert Library author luncheon were treated to a wonderful celebration of 50s: These were the 50 years of existence for the COD campus library, the 50 years of the Friends organization and the 50th anniversary of the Friends author luncheon.

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The War That Must Never Be Fought, edited by Secretary Shultz and Ambassador James Goodby
Analysis and Commentary

Approaching the Tipping Point: Nuclear Non-Proliferation in 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015
Council on Foreign Relations, New York

A collaboration between the Council of Foreign Relations and the Hoover Institution that convened a group of distinguished panelists to discuss the status of nuclear proliferation, and the upcoming 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Video from this event is now available for public access.

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Analysis and Commentary

The Drell Lecture: Rewiring the Pentagon, Charting a New Path on Innovation and Cybersecurity

Thursday, April 23, 2015
CEMEX Auditorium, Stanford University

The Honorable Ashton B. Carter, 25th US Secretary of Defense and former distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution visited Stanford University on Thursday, April 23rd for a special talk on Rewiring the Pentagon: Charting a New Path on Innovation and Cybersecurity.

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Dorothy Kilian in Moscow, 1986
Analysis and Commentary

Dorothy Kilian Papers Document Citizen Diplomacy in the Cold War

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

This important addition to the archives’ collections on peace and citizen diplomacy reflects Dorothy Kilian’s work on US-Soviet relations and peacekeeping activities from 1977 to 1988. During this time, Ms Kilian was based in Pasadena, California, where she participated in peacekeeping efforts through her church and several local and national peace organizations. The scope of her work included youth peacekeeping education, women in peacekeeping, US-Soviet relations and citizen exchanges, Soviet religion and the relationship between faith and peace, SALT and nuclear arms proliferation, and national security, as well as human rights.

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Charles King speaking at Politics & Prose in Washington, DC, 2014 (Image courtesy of Taylordw via Wikimedia Commons)
Analysis and Commentary

Hoover Acquires Charles King Papers on Moldova

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The materials in this collection reflect Professor King’s research on the history of Moldova in the twentieth century. They include his research notebooks, dating back to his work in Moldovan archives and libraries in 1993 and 1994, and other materials (notes, newspaper clippings, typed copies of archival documents, and reproductions of archival photographs). Much of this material was used in by Professor King in preparing his book The Moldovans: Romania, Russia and the Politics of Culture.

News
Analysis and Commentary

Conference On The Handbook Of Macroeconomics Vol. 2

Thursday, April 9, 2015 to Saturday, April 11, 2015
Stauffer Auditorium, Hoover Institution

This conference and a companion conference were held at the Becker Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago on April 23rd to the 25th and brought together a wide range of distinguished macro economists to present their ideas and proposed contributions to the new Handbook of Macroeconomics, which will be edited by John B. Taylor and Harald Uhlig.

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Analysis and Commentary

The Hoover Institution Launches New iPad App

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Stanford

The Hoover Institution is pleased to announce the launch of its first iPad app, which can be downloaded for free from the Apple app store from Stanford University at http://hvr.co/HooverApp.

Press Releases
Analysis and Commentary

Conference On Rules For The Lender Of Last Resort

Friday, April 3, 2015
The Hoover Institution, Washington DC

Hosts Charles Calomiris and Allan Meltzer, examine the theory, history, and practical consequences of lender of last resort assistance in a variety of countries and contexts and how to avoid financial bailouts.

Event
Hoover Tower
Analysis and Commentary

Podcasts From Hoover's March 2015 Desert Conference Now Available Online

Monday, March 30, 2015
Indian Wells, California

The Hoover Institution held its Desert Conference in Indian Wells on Monday, March 16, 2015. The conference offered presentations by Hoover fellows on a wide range of public policy issues, from the economy to health care to energy to Europe, Russia, and China.  Below is a selection of podcasts from the conference.

News
Analysis and Commentary

Leadership Forum: Governor Mike Huckabee

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Governor Mike Huckabee, the 44th Governor of Arkansas, joined Hoover fellows for a Leadership Forum roundtable luncheon at the Hoover Institution on Thursday, March 26.  The Governor voiced his concerns about wage stagnation in the United States, which was followed by a thoughtful exchange discussing a wide range of possible policy solutions to address the issue.

News
Analysis and Commentary

Modern American Conservatism: Its Roots and Future

Monday, March 16, 2015
The Hoover Institution, Washington DC

On March 16, 2015, the Hoover Institution and the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation hosted a talk about Modern American Conservatism at the Hoover Institution in Washington, D.C.

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