Friday, April 1, 2005

2005 No. 2

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Getting the Government Out of the Retirement Business

by Gary S. Beckervia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

The real reasons to privatize Social Security. By Gary S. Becker.

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Putting Money in a Safe Place—Our Pockets

by John F. Coganvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

Why personal retirement accounts represent “an essential ingredient in any plan to fix Social Security’s financial problem.” By John F. Cogan.

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The Common Sense of Social Security Reform

by Michael J. Boskinvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

The critics of Social Security reform say there’s no rush, let alone a crisis. The critics are wrong. By Michael J. Boskin.

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A Citizen’s Right to Income

by David R. Hendersonvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

How not to fix Social Security. By David R. Henderson.

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Private Accounts for Social Security?

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

Debunking the myths of Social Security privatization. By Edward P. Lazear.

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Enron Lives

by Clark S. Judgevia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

The first step in fixing Social Security? Keeping honest books. By Clark S. Judge.

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An Arab Spring?

by Charles Krauthammervia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

“The only approach to solving the problem of safety in a world of Islamic and Arab radicalism is to change the culture of the region. A year ago people were saying that was a utopian dream. History is beginning to show that it is not.” By Charles Krauthammer.

Thankless Victory

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

Victor Davis Hanson on a war with an odd set of ground rules.

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Enigma in Beijing

by Thomas A. Metzgervia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

China may have embraced capitalism with enormous zeal—but it remains unlikely to embrace American-style democracy anytime soon. By Thomas A. Metzger.

Red Dragon, Black Gold

by William Ratliffvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

China has a voracious need for imported oil. Can the planet handle another economic superpower? By William Ratliff.

A Superpower? No Time Soon

by Alice L. Millervia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

China’s economy is growing at a phenomenal pace, but Beijing has a long way to go to acquire the global political, strategic, and economic reach of a superpower. By Alice Lyman Miller.

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How to Disarm North Korea

by Charles Wolf Jr.via Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

To persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions, the United States must collaborate with China, South Korea, Japan, and Russia. By Charles Wolf Jr.

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Putin’s Authoritarian Soul

by Michael McFaul, James M. Goldgeiervia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

The first test for George W. Bush’s liberty doctrine. By James M. Goldgeier and Michael McFaul.

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From Iron Curtain to Golden Arches

by Arnold Beichmanvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

Celebrating 15 years of Russian happy meals. By Arnold Beichman.

The French Lesson

by Dennis L. Barkvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

Dennis Bark introduces an essay by Olivier Dassault, “a remarkable Frenchman,” about France and the French, the value of freedom, and America and Europe.

Slouching Toward Byzantium

by Robert Conquestvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

Robert Conquest on the United Nations, the European Union, and the decline of the West.

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Labour’s Labor Problem

by Gerald A. Dorfmanvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

Why Tony Blair’s Labour Party has kept the labor movement at arm’s length. By Gerald A. Dorfman.

The Folly of Sarbanes-Oxley

by Scott S. Powellvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act? “The worst affliction visited on public companies in the last 70 years.” By Scott S. Powell.

The Ultimate Chain Letter

by Russell Robertsvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

How doing business with strangers creates the extraordinary web that is the modern economy. By Russell Roberts.

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Our Currency, Your Problem

by Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

How long can the Chinese go on financing America’s deficit spending? The answer may be a lot longer than the dollar pessimists expect. By Niall Ferguson.

The U.N., Biotechnology, and the Poorest of the Poor

by Henry I. Miller, Gregory Conkovia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

How the U.N.’s systematic sacrifice of science, technology, and sound public policy to its own bureaucratic self-interest obstructs technological innovation and hurts the poorest of the poor. By Henry I. Miller and Gregory Conko.

Chinatown Revisited

via Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

Los Angeles, it is widely believed, was able to become a major city only after stealing water from farmers elsewhere in California in the 1920s. The problem with this belief? It’s false. By Gary D. Libecap.

Too Many Teachers, Too Little Pay

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

Over the past 50 years America has invested in more teachers rather than in better ones. By Chester E. Finn Jr.

Failing the Wrong Grades

by Diane Ravitchvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

The right—and wrong—way to improve America’s public high schools. By Diane Ravitch.

Bush’s War on Poverty, Part II

by Jeffrey M. Jonesvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

The Bush administration is promoting a 10-year program to eradicate homelessness in America. Is this goal attainable? By Jeffrey M. Jones.

The Sage of Fresno

by Jonathan Kayvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

Victor Davis Hanson, down on the farm. By Jonathan Kay.

Decline and Fall

by Robert Zelnickvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

Broadcast journalism isn’t what it used to be—and won’t be again. By Robert Zelnick.

Freedom Is Not Free

by William C. Edwardsvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

Not all threats to our freedom come from beyond our borders. By William C. Edwards.

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Echoes of the Gipper

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

What would Ronald Reagan say? By Peter Robinson.

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Lincoln: Hypocrite or Statesman?

by Dinesh D’Souzavia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

Reflections on “the greatest practitioner of democratic statesmanship that America and the world have yet produced.” By Dinesh D’Souza.

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The Adventures of the ARA in Minsk

by Alexander Lukashukvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, April 30, 2005

From 1920 to 1923, a group of Americans working for the American Relief Administration, an organization directed by Herbert Hoover, helped provide famine relief in the war-torn Soviet republic of Belarus. Their efforts have now been largely forgotten, but journalist Alexander Lukashuk has made use of the extensive collection of ARA letters and documents housed in the Hoover Archives as well as in Belarusian archives to tell their story.