It’s only natural for us to turn to our government leaders in a time of crisis. But do Americans expect the government to centralize even more of the workings of our society? That is hardly a foregone conclusion. By Hoover director John Raisian.
Even before the current war, Afghanistan had become a mass of rubble and mine-strewn fields in which fully half the prewar population had been killed, wounded, or forced into exile. What’s next for this war-ravaged land? By Larry Goodson.
Although our federal courts are now less likely to engage in the irresponsible judicial activism of years past, basic individual rights are still under constant attack. It’s time for those who wish to defend these rights to learn how to fight back—if necessary, using the courts themselves. By Clint Bolick.
To commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, President George W. Bush this past autumn issued a proclamation naming November 9 "World Freedom Day." Where did the president get such a splendid idea? From Hoover fellow Arnold Beichman, who first proposed it in the Washington Times on November 9, 1991, two years after the historic events in Germany, and then advanced it tirelessly until the occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue heard him. Herewith an excerpt from Arnold Beichman’s original column, followed by the text of the proclamation issued by the president.
Demonstrating steadfast support of the American war against terrorism, Britain’s Tony Blair has become one of the most popular politicians in the United States. Gerald A. Dorfman assesses Blair’s popularity back home.
With global media networks such as CNN broadcasting throughout much of the world, the media now possess an unprecedented amount of power and influence. An assessment by Hoover media fellow Lee Edwards.
SIDEBAR: The Media and September 11
In this excerpt from his recently published memoirs, Hoover fellow Edward Teller recounts his 40-year campaign for a strategic defense system that would, in the words of Ronald Reagan, make nuclear weapons "impotent and obsolete."
W. Glenn Campbell served as director of the Hoover Institution, a position for which he was selected by President Herbert Hoover himself, from 1960 until his retirement in 1989. During those three decades Campbell transformed the Institution. He expanded its archives, made it a home for dozens of scholars of the first rank, and brought all its resources to bear on the struggle for individual liberty here at home and throughout the world. Campbell, who died of a heart attack on November 24, is survived by his wife of 55 years, Hoover fellow Rita Ricardo-Campbell, by his three daughters, by his four grandchildren—and by the fellows, employees, supporters, and friends of the Hoover Institution itself, who owe him an incalculable debt. Thomas Sowell reflects on the life of a scholar, a fighter, and a patriot.