Tuesday, July 1, 2008

2008 No. 3

Time for diplomacy in Iraq by Larry Diamond - Hoover Digest 2008 #3

Time for a “Diplomatic Surge”

by Larry Diamondvia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 27, 2008

Democracy may be turning a corner in Iraq, but it’s going to need a lot of help. What kind of help? Intense pressure on Iraq’s leaders. By Larry Diamond.

A Measure of Pride

by Fouad Ajamivia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 27, 2008

Five years into the Iraq war, a better country is emerging. By Fouad Ajami.

Unfounded Hopes

by Shmuel Bar, Bruce Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 27, 2008

In a nuclear Iran, could we count on a democratic counterrevolution? Hardly.Why we may have to impose a naval blockade instead. By Shmuel Bar and Peter Berkowitz.

Ehud Olmert Hoover Digest 2008 #3

How Israelis See the Future

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 27, 2008

The evolving consensus: their nation, though threatened, is sound. By Peter Berkowitz.

Goodbye to All That?

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 27, 2008

Washing our hands of the Middle East—a notion that’s as futile as it is appealing. By Thomas H. Henriksen.

A Modest Proposal for Mideast Peace

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 27, 2008

Refugees, lost territory, artificial states . . . after we somehow fix these problems in spots like Kashmir and Eastern Europe, fixing them in Israel will be a cinch. By Victor Davis Hanson.

The Foreign Service Blues

by Cecile Sheavia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 27, 2008

Those who serve America abroad are being asked to do more and more with less and less, but our diplomatic corps is doing just that as it performs new duties in Baghdad and the world. By Cecile Shea.

Subprime-mortgage meltdown by Becker

Foundation Damage

by Gary S. Beckervia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 27, 2008

The subprime-mortgage meltdown illustrates a secondary failure—that of individuals to accept responsibility for their decisions. By Gary S. Becker.

Personal income tax burden as a percentage of GDP

The Coming Tax Hike

by John F. Cogan, R. Glenn Hubbardvia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 27, 2008

Letting the Bush tax cuts expire would wreak havoc on our economy—while doing virtually nothing to shrink the deficit. By John F. Cogan and R. Glenn Hubbard.

Blowing Bubbles

by Richard A. Posnervia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 27, 2008

The mortgage crisis is a burst bubble, a failure of intelligence, and a rich psychological case study. What to do about it? Perhaps nothing. By Richard A. Posner.

When Deficits Make Sense

by Dino Falaschettivia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 27, 2008

How debt helps to discipline public spending. Financial markets put a brake on ill-considered government projects, even when taxpayers don’t. By Dino Falaschetti.

How to stick up for subjects that fewer and fewer students get a chance to learn

No Subject Left Behind

by Diane Ravitchvia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 27, 2008

How to stick up for subjects—history, literature, the arts—that fewer and fewer students get a chance to learn. By Diane Ravitch.

Homeschooling

Lessons in Hypocrisy

via Hoover Digest
Friday, June 27, 2008

The decision in a California homeschooling case suggests that parents care less about their children than do teachers. How likely is that? By Liam Julian.

Hoover senior fellow Chester E. "Checker" Finn Jr.

A Schoolyard Scrapper

by Jay Mathewsvia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 27, 2008

Call him “Troublemaker”—lots of people do. The provocative Chester E. Finn Jr., head of Hoover’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, has published a memoir. By Jay Mathews.

Five ways to misunderstand No Child Left Behind

True-False Test on NCLB

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Digest
Friday, June 27, 2008

Five ways to misunderstand No Child Left Behind. By Chester E. Finn Jr.

Tarnished Science

by Henry I. Millervia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 27, 2008

Even in the most prestigious journals, peer review isn’t always the gold standard it’s supposed to be. Studies can be grievously flawed. By Henry I. Miller.

Mayor Bloomberg

The Mayor’s Curse

by Arnold Beichmanvia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 27, 2008

Maybe he has a future on Team Obama, but Michael Bloomberg seems a lot more likely to follow other New York mayors into political oblivion. There’s something about that job. . . .. By Arnold Beichman.

Pay to Stay

by Gary S. Beckervia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 27, 2008

Is it so outlandish to suggest that we sell the right to live in the United States? Outlandish or not, such a policy would benefit legal and illegal immigrants alike. By Gary S. Becker.

Windows of Opportunity

by F. Scott Kieffvia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 27, 2008

The market will do a much better job of regulating Microsoft than government ever would. By F. Scott Kieff.

Eminent Domain Issues

Eminently Unjust

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 27, 2008

Give government too much discretion in eminent-domain cases, and you’ll get not justice or efficiency but favoritism and intrigue. By Richard A. Epstein.

Ebb Tide of Freedom?

by Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 27, 2008

The worldwide triumph of democracy was never foreordained. But it’s also too soon to prophesy its failure. By Niall Ferguson.

A threat of war flared in Latin America

Chávez Bides His Time

by William Ratliffvia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 27, 2008

A threat of war flared in Latin America, and just as quickly subsided. Look closely, if you dare, at what Venezuela was up to. By William Ratliff.

What Price Ignorance?

by Thomas Sowellvia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 27, 2008

Hugo Chávez of Venezuela seems surprised that price controls don’t work. They never do. By Thomas Sowell.

Father Stanislaw Jasinski, representative of the bishop of Krakow, prays over the mass graves

Exhuming Secrets

by Paul R. Gregory, Maciej Siekierskivia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 27, 2008

Moscow is still trying to hide what really happened in the 1940 Katyn massacre. Why the truth won’t stay buried. By Paul R. Gregory and Maciej Siekierski.

A Critical Weakness

by Jialin Zhangvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The effort may be slow and fumbling, but China is attempting to embrace property rights at last. By Jialin Zhang.

The Least Worst Way Forward

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The independence of Kosovo, until months ago a mere province, is a flawed and fragile thing. The rest of the world's "unrepresented" are watching closely. By Timothy Garton Ash.

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Letter from the Gulag

by Golfo Alexopoulosvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The strange story of a prisoner who complained to Stalin's secret police chief—and got results. By Golfo Alexopoulos.

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A Few Brave Voices

by Bradley Bauervia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 1, 2008

An exhibit tells the story of the Soviet dissidents who fought the Kremlin—and, in the end, won. By Brad Bauer.

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Serious Fun

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 1, 2008

A note on the late William F. Buckley Jr. and Firing Line, television's longest-running sporting event. By Peter Robinson.