President Clinton wants to invest some of the Social Security surplus in the stock market. Nobel laureate and Hoover fellow Gary S. Becker sees the president and raises him. Why we should privatize Social Security altogether
On the one hand, the federal government provides farmers with subsidies worth billions every year. On the other, it imposes arcane, burdensome regulations on the development of new crops, costing farmers billions every year. Hoover fellow Henry I. Miller explains how the government giveth and the government taketh away.
New breakthroughs have produced a method of testing for carcinogens that is as much as 100,000 times more sensitive than the techniques currently in use. Now the EPA faces a choice. It can embrace the new method, permitting scientists to determine the levels at which chemicals or radiation are safe. Or it can let politicians and environmental activists determine those levels. By Hoover fellow S. Fred Singer.
In a new statistical analysis, two former Ivy League presidents argue that racial preferences in college admissions are good for both minorities and society at large. Examining the analysis, however, Hoover fellow Thomas Sowell has discovered that the numbers don’t add up.
English is the most widely spoken language in the world at large, but in many of America’s own classrooms it remains a foreign tongue. Peter Duignan argues that bilingual education has proven an abject failure—and must be abolished.
Federal crimes used to be limited to matters that truly involved the whole nation, such as treason and counterfeiting. But lately the federal government has been amending its criminal statutes to take over more and more criminal prosecution from the states. Hoover fellow Edwin Meese III on an especially pernicious form of federal aggrandizement.
The information revolution might as well be stamped “made in America,” but there are signs that Taiwan, South Korea, and other nations are moving up on us fast. Hoover fellow Nicholas Imparato on what the United States must do to maintain its edge.
In dealing with the Champion Paper plant on the Pigeon River in North Carolina, Al Gore faced a choice: please a group of environmentalists or save 1,300 jobs. Guess what he decided. By Hoover media fellow Bob Zelnick.
Violent, tin-pot dictators, bloody regional conflicts, and “ethnic cleansing”—the post–Cold War world is in many ways more dangerous and chaotic than was the Cold War world itself. One critical weapon in the fight against rogue despots: international law. By Hoover fellow Thomas H. Henriksen.
North Korea and other outlaw states may soon be capable of targeting missiles at the American mainland. What are we doing to defend ourselves? Precious little. Hoover media fellow Michael Barone on the need for an antimissile defense.
During the Azerbaijani presidential election last October, Hoover fellow John B. Dunlop served as an official observer. Here Dunlop describes what he saw: widespread poverty and massive election fraud.
The Tocqueville-quoting president of Iran, Mohammed Khatami, has impressed the West as a moderate—while at the same time amassing an arsenal of weapons of mass destruction. By Hoover fellow Arnold Beichman.
Hoover media fellow Edward Neilan discusses the sorry state of Hong Kong today. “To see how the free market really works,” Milton Friedman used to say, “Hong Kong is the place to go.” Would that it were still true.
The centerpiece of Chinese premier Zhu Rongji’s recent visit to Washington was to have been the announcement of a deal to usher China into the World Trade Organization. To the consternation of President Clinton, the deal fell through. Hoover fellow Charles Wolf Jr. asks, So what?
Hoover fellow Milton Friedman talks with Hoover media fellow Peter Brimelow about inflation, currency values, and the Asian crisis. An end-of-the-century interview with one of the century’s great economists.
Among the tens of thousands of documents housed in the Hoover Archives, none possesses greater importance than the abdication manifesto of Tsar Nicholas II. Hoover deputy director Charles G. Palm on the instrument that signaled the end of an empire.
The Hoover Archives contains diaries, paintings, and other mementos from the family of Nicholas II, Russia’s last tsar. Hoover archivist Elena S. Danielson gives us a glimpse into the Romanov treasure trove.