Tuesday, January 1, 2002

2002 No. 1

Questions—and Answers

by Bruce Bueno de Mesquitavia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

What motivates terrorists? Which regimes are most likely to spawn terrorist groups? How can the scourge of terrorism be stopped? By Hoover fellow Bruce Bueno de Mesquita.

American Ingenuity: A Key to Future Security

by John Raisianvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

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.

The “Blowback” Myth : How Bad History Could Make Bad Policy

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

The dangers of learning the wrong lessons from history. By Hoover fellow Thomas H. Henriksen.

How to Win the War

by Larry Diamondvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

The war on terrorism cannot be won by military means alone. Larry Diamond on what the United States must do to achieve a lasting victory.

Where Ignorance Isn’t Bliss

by Robert Conquestvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

After the terrorist attacks, the level of American ignorance about the outside world became woefully obvious. Robert Conquest on the need for "more history and better history."

War of the Worlds

by Shelby Steelevia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Hoover fellow Shelby Steele reflects on September 11, the ultimate collision between the First and Third Worlds.

The Next Generation

by John Lewis Gaddisvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

A transformation has taken place on America’s campuses. By Hoover fellow John Lewis Gaddis.

To Fight a New “Ism”

by Michael McFaulvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

What can the Cold War teach us about the war on terrorism? Plenty. By Hoover fellow Michael McFaul.

Picking Up the Pieces

by Larry Goodsonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

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.

Justice in a Time of War

by Joseph D. McNamaravia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

How much additional authority should the federal government be granted? By Hoover fellow Joseph D. McNamara.

Is Assassination an Option?

by Bruce Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Is assassination a legitimate tool of American foreign policy? If so, under what circumstances? By Hoover fellow Bruce Berkowitz.

Security and Liberty

by Katya Drozdova, Michael Samoilovvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

How to protect the nation against terrorism without sacrificing our liberty. By Ekaterina Drozdova and Michael Samoilov.

The New Normalcy

by Henry I. Miller, Sherri Ferrisvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Learning how to live in a newly dangerous world. By Hoover fellow Henry I. Miller and Sherri Ferris.

What the Anthrax Attacks Should Teach Us

by Jonathan B. Tuckervia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Until recently a largely hypothetical threat, bioterrorism has now become a harsh reality. Jonathan B. Tucker explains how the American health system must respond.

The Return of the Bully Pulpit

by Bill Whalenvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

In George W. Bush’s White House, might we actually have a president who means what he says? By Hoover fellow Bill Whalen.

War and the National Character

by Charles Hillvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

The terrorist attacks may have transformed the American character in ways the terrorists could never have anticipated. By Hoover fellow Charles Hill.

Uncle Sam, Unfair Competitor

by Rick Geddesvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

When it comes to engaging in predatory pricing and unfair competition, Microsoft has nothing on the U.S. government. By Hoover fellow Rick Geddes.

Up from the Ashes

by Gary S. Becker, Kevin M. Murphyvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

When will the economy recover from the shock of September 11? Sooner than you might think. By Hoover fellow Gary S. Becker and Kevin M. Murphy.

Vouchers and the Power of Choice

by Paul E. Petersonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Setting aside the political arguments over school vouchers, Paul E. Peterson examines the early results of such programs—and finds much to praise.

Now Is the Time to Teach Democracy

by Diane Ravitchvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

How can we defend our democratic way of life if we don’t even understand it? By Hoover fellow Diane Ravitch.

The Counterrevolution

by Clint Bolickvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

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.

Time to Set Aside Set-Asides

by Robert Zelnickvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Hoover fellow Robert Zelnick argues that it is high time to do away with race preferences. But will the Supreme Court ever agree?

The Myth of the Minority Majority

by Stephan Thernstromvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

How race-conscious policies have failed. By Stephan Thernstrom.

A Holiday for Freedom

by Arnold Beichmanvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

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.

SIDEBAR: World Freedom Day Proclamation.

Europe at War

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

"We’re all under attack—all the free world." Europe responds to September 11. By Hoover fellow Timothy Garton Ash.

The Invincible Tony Blair?

by Gerald A. Dorfmanvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

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.

The Forgotten War

by John B. Dunlopvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

The world’s attention may be fixed on the conflict in Afghanistan, but there is another bloody war under way in Central Asia. Hoover fellow John B. Dunlop on the brutal confrontation in Chechnya.

America’s New Ally?

by Michael McFaulvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

What the United States should—and should not—do to improve relations with Vladimir Putin’s Russia. By Hoover fellow Michael McFaul.

Mediapolitik

by Lee Edwardsvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

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

Breaking Away

by Midge Dectervia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

In this excerpt from her new memoir, An Old Wife’s Tale: My Seven Decades in Love and War,Hoover overseer Midge Decter describes her final break with liberalism.

The Father of the H-Bomb Tells His Story

by S. Fred Singervia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Hoover fellow S. Fred Singer on Edward Teller, "the most politically influential scientist of the 20th century."

What Is the “West”?

by Jeffrey Hartvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Jeffrey Hart on "the peculiar and powerful energy of the West."

The Ultimate Defense

by Edward Tellervia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

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 (1924–2001)

by Thomas Sowellvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

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.

The Media and September 11

by Lee Edwardsvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002