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An Economist Looks at 90: Tom Sowell on Charter Schools and Their Enemies

interview with Thomas Sowellvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, July 2, 2020

The day before this show was recorded, Dr. Thomas Sowell began his 10th decade of life. Remarkably on one hand and yet completely expected on the other, he remains as engaged, analytical, and thoughtful as ever. In this interview (one of roughly a dozen or so we’ve conducted with Dr. Sowell over the years), we delve into his new book Charter Schools and Their Enemies a sobering look at the academic success of charter schools in New York City, and the fierce battles waged by teachers unions and progressive politicians to curtail them.

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Why Grades Matter

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

A tenth-grader I happen to know pretty well takes her school grades seriously and derives satisfaction and pride from good ones (which, I might add, she routinely seems to get). This spring was hard for her—no fun for a teenager to be home with mom and dad all day, no contact with friends except on screens, and none of the face-to-face classroom interaction with teachers and fellow students that she adores. 

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Universities Sowing The Seeds Of Their Own Obsolescence

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, July 2, 2020

The media blitz during these last several weeks revealed a generation that is poorly educated and yet petulant and self-assured without justification.

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The Third Wave Of The Pandemic

by Michael Spence, Chen Longvia Project Syndicate
Thursday, July 2, 2020

During the first waves of the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia and Western advanced economies, there was a clear pattern of lockdown, containment, and gradual economic reopening. But now a third pandemic wave has brought a new, more disturbing pattern to both developing countries and major US states.

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Shelby Steele: Race In America

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
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A Hoover Virtual Policy Briefing with Shelby Steele: Race in America 
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 11AM PT/ 2PM ET.

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As July 4th Approaches, Does California Freedom Have a Hollow Ring?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, July 2, 2020

As circumstance would have it, for the second consecutive year this column precedes America’s Fourth of July weekend. As such, it seems like the proper moment to discuss California and liberty.

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Area 45: Tom Gillian: Let Freedom Ring

interview with Thomas W. Gilliganvia Area 45
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Individual, economic, and political freedoms that are quintessentially American.

Analysis and Commentary

Take Care Of The Elderly By Testing Their Caregivers

by Alexander Galetovic, Susana Mondsheinvia The Hill
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the incidence of COVID-19 deaths among those 65 years old and older is about 200 times that of people younger than 35. Because roughly half of all deaths of seniors occur in nursing homes, both in the United States and abroad, improving sanitary conditions seems to be the straightforward solution to reducing deaths among the elderly.

Thomas Sowell discusses Intellectuals and Society on Uncommon Knowledge.
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Happy Birthday, Thomas Sowell

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The one constant on display through all these topics is an irrepressible mind digging through the data in order to understand the complex reality underneath. His intellectual process, plus his ability to write quickly, have resulted in dozens of books and hundreds upon hundreds of newspaper columns that have helped many of us learn. 

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Trump Would Do Anything For Putin. No Wonder He’s Ignoring The Russian Bounties.

by Michael McFaulvia The Washington Post
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Russia’s pattern of hostility matches Trump’s pattern of accommodation.

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Thomas Sowell in front of a black background with an Uncommon Knowledge mug
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Thomas Sowell Sounds Alarm To Mark Levin About The Left's Efforts To Cripple Charter Schools

interview with Thomas Sowellvia Fox News
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Thomas Sowell weighs in on what he sees as a trend across the United States to stop the growth of charter schools.

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NYT Prints Fake News About Russia; Trump Unleashes Barr On Rioters: Sebastian Gorka With Victor Davis Hanson

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Townhall Review
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson talks about the New York Times' fake news story about Russia, as well as the options President Trump has to deal with the riots. 

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Historian Niall Ferguson On The State Of The World In 2020 — And Beyond

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Asia Society
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

(8:25) Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson assesses the state of the world in 2020 — and beyond.

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Victor Davis Hanson Claims Biden Reemergence Left Many 'Underwhelmed,' 'Disturbed,' And 'Worried'

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson says that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's first press conference in 89 days did not quell concerns about his fitness to lead America.

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Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses his Forbes article "Now That Woodrow Must Go, Here’s Princeton’s Replacement."

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Asia's New Geopolitics: A Conversation With Michael R. Auslin And Robert D. Kaplan

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia Foreign Policy Research Institute
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses his new book, Asia’s New Geopolitics: Essays on Reshaping the Indo-Pacific, which examines key issues transforming the Indo-Pacific and the broader world, including the history of American strategy in Asia, from the eighteenth century through today.

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Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

via The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses his California On Your Mind article "Do California’s Future Travel Plans Include Planes, Trains . . . And More Automobiles?"

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John Yoo On The John Batchelor Show

interview with John Yoovia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo talks about his City Journal article "Pushing Back on Cancel Culture."

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John Yoo On The John Batchelor Show

interview with John Yoovia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses his Daily Caller article "Expanding The Supreme Court Will Only Make It Another Partisan Political Body."

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Michael Petrilli On The Education Gadfly Show: How Assessment Data Can Drive Instruction This Fall

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia The Education Gadfly Show Podcast
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli talks about Fordham’s new case study on data-driven instruction in Washington, D.C.

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In the News

Thomas Sowell At 90 Is More Relevant Than Ever

featuring Thomas Sowellvia National Review
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Yesterday, Thomas Sowell turned 90. And he is more relevant than ever. Sowell, a frequent contributor to National Review and prodigious scholar, has delivered yet another insightful and accessible book, Charter Schools and Their Enemies. It was released on his birthday — a gift from Sowell to the rest of us.

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Creating A Paper Tiger Out of American Law Enforcement

quoting Thomas Sowell, Shelby Steelevia Law Officer
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Is America creating a paper tiger out of our law enforcement authorities? It’s quite possibly happening as we see evidence all around. A paper tiger is defined as a person or thing that appears threatening but is ineffectual.

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Slavery Not Only Thing America Is About

mentioning Thomas Sowell, Shelby Steelevia Boston Herald
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The New York Times last year came up with a project to debase America, to say this country is about nothing but slavery, that the institution has determined everything we are, that it instructs us to this day on the maltreatment of Black people. The Revolutionary War was fought to keep it going and the pretenses of liberty and equality have been just that, pretenses. Slavery even fashioned a capitalism that maintains its evils and built our economy, we learn.

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Edgy Voters Might Reject The 2020 Election Results

quoting Larry Diamondvia Yahoo Finance
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

We’ve had close elections before, but political experts are bracing for events that might be unprecedented come November. Surprisingly large portions of both Republicans and Democrats seem poised to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election if their side loses. Some even favor authoritarian rule over elections as the best way to run the country. And a new worry for 2020 is the risk that more mail-in voting could delay official results well past Election Day, leaving voters wondering whether it will be Donald Trump’s agenda or Joe Biden’s, once January arrives.

In the News

Xi Jinping’s Internal Great Wall

quoting Elizabeth Economyvia National Interest
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Like the Great Wall of generations past, Xi’s Internal Great Wall will continue to keep China behind the rest of the world because a nation that suppresses its own people is not a nation the world can trust to do business fairly.

In the News

Defending The Global Commons In A Covid-19 World

mentioning Raghuram Rajanvia Vox EU
Thursday, July 2, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced global rifts. What does this mean for our ability to respond to the intertwined medical emergency and economic crisis? How does the increased tension affect our capacity to address other global emergencies and challenges? What is the future of multilateralism?

In the News

Bookshelves Reveal What TV's Power Brokers Are Reading

mentioning Andrew Robertsvia Media Post
Thursday, July 2, 2020

It has become a kind of parlor game in the delirium of home confinement: Spot The Power Broker. This book, with its three-word title lettered boldly in red on a wide white spine, turns up time and time again on the bookshelves behind TV’s talking heads -- news anchors, talk-show hosts and their know-it-all guests.

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John Taylor Receives The 2015 Economics Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award

Monday, June 29, 2015

John B. Taylor, the George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics at the Hoover Institution and the Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics, was awarded the 2015 Economics Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award at the Stanford’s Economics Department graduation ceremony on June 13.

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New Descriptions Of World War I Collections Now Available

Monday, June 29, 2015

New finding aids to seventeen World War I collections are now available through the Online Archive of California. Highlights include photographs and scrapbooks from US relief workers in France, a memoir describing Ernest Hemingway's work in the ambulance service, and documents from the Siberia-based "Wolfhounds."

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Stanford Students Discover Rare Material During Summer Positions at Hoover Library & Archives

Friday, June 26, 2015

Throughout the summer of 2015, Stanford undergraduate and graduate students have contributed time, expertise, and enthusiasm toward the cataloging of rare materials at the Hoover Library & Archives. In this article they share their experiences of working with archival material—from researching little-known biographies of professional roller skaters to evaluating future careers processing collections.

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Satirical drawing of the members of the secretariat of the conference; C. Easton Rothwell on the right (Andrew Roy De Metriff Papers, Hoover Institution Archives)
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Hoover Marks 70th Anniversary of UN Charter with New Collection

Friday, June 26, 2015

With the seventieth anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter on June 26, the Archives has received a timely donation of papers and photographs from the estate of Andrew De Metriff, a translator at the San Francisco conference that established the charter. De Metriff, a twenty-five year-old soldier stationed at Fort Ord, was ordered to a special assignment in San Francisco in the spring of 1945. Because of his fluency in Russian, this son of Russian emigrants to the California Valley joined a select group of military and civilian translators in Russian, French, Spanish and Chinese working for the United Nations Conference on International Organizations (UNCIO) meeting in the War Memorial Opera House.

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The Foundation Of Liberty: Magna Carta After 800 Years

Thursday, June 25, 2015 to Friday, June 26, 2015
Annenberg Conference Room (Room 105), Lou Henry Hoover Building, Stanford University

This conference will celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta (signed on June 15, 1215) by bringing together leading scholars in economics, political science, and law to broadly discuss how Magna Carta remains relevant today for understanding how individual liberty and rule of law are perhaps the most essential components for well-functioning societies and growing market economies.

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Hoover Digest 2015 NO. 3 Is Now Online

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The latest issue of Hoover Digest in now available online.
No Sign Of Restraint” by George P. Shultz and Henry A. Kissinger
Minimum Wage As Stealth Tax” by Thomas E. MaCurdy
A (Dry) Winter’s Tale” by Victor Davis Hanson

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Radio Free Europe identity card of Andrzej Czechowicz (Andrzej Czechowicz Papers, Box 1, Hoover Institution Archives)
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Papers of Radio Free Europe's Communist Mole Show "Other Side Of The Information War"

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Andrzej Czechowicz was probably the best known communist-era spy who was an active agent while working for RFE in the late 1960s. Employed for five years in RFE’s media analysis service in Munich, this Polish Security Service (Służba Bezpieczeństwa) operative collected considerable information on the personnel of the Polish section and on RFE sources of information within Poland and photographed thousands of pages of internal documents. After more than five years, Czechowicz returned to Poland in 1971 and participated in programs aimed at embarrassing Radio Free Europe and the US government.

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What Is The Academy’s Role In Evidence-Based Policy Making For Intellectual Property?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Hoover Institution, Washington DC

Does the US patent system as currently constituted hold up or push forward the commercialization of technological innovations? Does the US patent system frustrate or facilitate the inventive activities and entrepreneurial processes central to economic growth? The US patent system is a solution to a delicate balancing act where the complete absence of intellectual property rights or the overly broad specification of those rights can thwart innovation. Inventors require the means to earn a return on the years spent perfecting an invention

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Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution Collection, Box 2, Hoover Institution Archives
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New "Umbrella Revolution" Materials Document Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Movement

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution Collection at the Hoover Institution includes flyers, leaflets, printed matter, photographs, and memorabilia relating to the pro-democracy political movement. These materials provide valuable evidence of a pivotal moment for the city’s democracy and its complicated relations with the Chinese mainland. 

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"Food is Ammunition--Don't Waste It," 1918
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Economic Historian Examines Herbert Hoover’s Role in World War I–Era Food Relief Efforts

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Last month Dr. Mary Cox, an economic historian at All Souls College, Oxford University, who will be a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution in the 2015-16 academic year, published a revealing study of the effects of malnutrition on German schoolchildren between 1914 and 1924. “Hunger Games: Or How the Allied Blockade in the First World War Deprived German Children of Nutrition and Allied Food Aid Subsequently Saved Them,” published in the spring edition of the Economic History Review, draws on newly discovered archival records to explore the lasting effects of the war and Allied shipping embargo on a generation of German schoolchildren who frequently went hungry in the war and postwar years.

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