Monday, January 1, 2007

2007 No. 1

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“A Distinct Honor”

via Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

President Bush awards the National Humanities Medal to the Hoover Institution and to nine distinguished Americans for their contributions to the humanities.

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The Surge Gamble

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

If the more than 20,000 new troops we're sending to Iraq succeed in bringing about a new approach on the battlefield, then the surge will have been worthwhile. By Victor Davis Hanson.

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Victory Is the Word

by Shelby Steelevia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Why the United States must win in Iraq. By Shelby Steele.

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Urgency on the Battlefield

by Clark S. Judgevia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Islamism, fascism, and communism are historical bedfellows—co-combatants against democracy in a Hundred Years War that continues today. The place of Iraq and the war on terror in a century of conflict. By Clark S. Judge.

“The World’s Wealth” and Nonsense

by Thomas Sowellvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Redistribute “the world’s wealth”? Nonsense. The world doesn’t produce wealth, individuals do—and it belongs to them. By Thomas Sowell.

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Milton Friedman’s Unfinished Business

by Eric Hanushekvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Education policy has turned out to be tougher to crack than the communist bloc. What are the chances Americans will ever be free to choose their own schools? By Eric A. Hanushek.

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A Beautiful Disappointment

by Michael J. Petrillivia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

A former true believer in No Child Left Behind is ready to give up on the law—but not on its ideals. By Michael J. Petrilli.

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First, Do No Harm

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Patent protections, pricing freedom, and the ability to market new products have given the United States the most innovative pharmaceutical industry on earth. Why we must resist new efforts to regulate Big Pharma. By Richard A. Epstein.

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The Flat Tax’s Silver Anniversary

by Alvin Rabushkavia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

First proposed 25 years ago, the flat tax has proven most influential in the unlikeliest of places: state capitals—and the capitals of other nations. By Alvin Rabushka.

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The Center Holds

by Morris P. Fiorinavia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

America is not the fatally polarized nation we often imagine it to be. On most issues, the majority of red-staters and blue-staters are on the same side. By Morris P. Fiorina.

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The Midterm Revolution That Wasn’t

by David Brady, Daniel M. Butler, Jeremy C. Popevia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Set aside the easy comparisons. The Democrats’ 2006 electoral victory was a different breed entirely from the 1994 Republican triumph. By David W. Brady, Daniel M. Butler, and Jeremy C. Pope.

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Does Racism Matter?

by Shelby Steelevia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

It no longer stunts the lives of blacks, but the belief that it does remains an article of faith. By Shelby Steele.

Addicted to the Drug War

by Robert Leesonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The war on illegal drugs engenders corruption, terrorism, and family breakdown, weakening America while strengthening our enemies. By Robert Leeson.

Let the Asian Students Succeed

by Thomas Sowellvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

A hundred years ago, Chinese and Japanese immigration to the United States, especially to California, gave rise to talk of a “yellow peril.” Today’s hand-wringing about “too many Asians” at elite universities echoes that racist nonsense. By Thomas Sowell.

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Right Back Where We Started From

by David R. Hendersonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Governor Schwarzenegger has muscled his way into familiar territory: using government power to solve the health-insurance conundrum. Why he’s only making things worse. By David R. Henderson.

A World Free of Nuclear Weapons

by George P. Shultz, William J. Perry, Henry A. Kissinger, Sam Nunnvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Ending the threat of nuclear arms. By George P. Shultz, William J. Perry, Henry A. Kissinger, Sam Nunn.

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What Pinochet Did for Chile

by Robert A. Packenham, William Ratliffvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The late strongman ruled harshly but left behind the most successful country in Latin America. By Robert A. Packenham and William Ratliff.

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Forced Laughter

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

What's so funny about Kazakhstan? Ribald comedies like Borat aside, not much. Tales of a “hugely corrupt dictatorship.” By Timothy Garton Ash.

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How I Spent My Libyan Vacation

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Libya at last seems to be emerging, if fitfully, from a long sleep of unreason. A travelogue from a formerly lunatic land. By Victor Davis Hanson.

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New Routes to the Presidency

by Patrick Chamorelvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The presidential contest presents an opportunity for something very rare in France: a genuine change. By Patrick Chamorel.

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British Politics Is Exciting Again

by Gerald A. Dorfmanvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The Tories have finally pulled even with Labour, Tony Blair has promised to step down this spring, and nobody knows what Gordon Brown, Blair’s heir apparent, will do when he finally becomes prime minister. What fun! By Gerald A. Dorfman.

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Rumsfeld's Place in History

by Bruce Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

An early assessment of the nation’s 21st secretary of defense. By Bruce Berkowitz.

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The Skeptical Democrat and the Enthusiastic Republican

by Richard V. Allenvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

How Jeane Kirkpatrick made common cause with Ronald Reagan. By Richard V. Allen.

Complicated Questions, Elegant Answers

by Bill Schneidervia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Marty Lipset did not believe that people had to be enlightened and sophisticated—“educated”—to function democratically. What they had to do was understand and pursue their interests. By Bill Schneider.

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A Giant among Teachers

by Larry Diamondvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

An appreciation of the original “Political Man.” By Larry Diamond.

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An Exceptional American

by Michael Baronevia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Marty Lipset's life work was like that of Tocqueville: explaining the United States to itself. His abiding theme was American uniqueness. By Michael Barone.

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Food as a Weapon

by Bertrand M. Patenaudevia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Herbert Hoover fed not only the citizens of Belgium but also, in the hope that they would throw off the Bolsheviks, the citizens of Soviet Russia. Bertrand M. Patenaude has another remarkable story.

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Europe Remembers Herbert Hoover, “Napoleon of Mercy”

by George H. Nashvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

An exhibit in Belgium celebrates the humanitarian legacy of Herbert Hoover, who did so much to prevent starvation in Europe during and after World War I. George H. Nash tells the story.

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Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for China

by Tom Bethellvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The diaries of Chiang Kai-shek, now in the Hoover Archives, and the insights they offer into the long historical drama of modern China. By Tom Bethell.