Friday, October 26, 2012

2012 No. 4

Obama vs Romney

How Do You Like Me Now?

by Morris P. Fiorinavia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

Time to bust another political myth: that the “likable” candidate always wins. By Morris P. Fiorina.

The Thinkers

The Businessman and the Intellectual

by James W. Ceaservia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

Despite endless debate about the issues, the presidential contest comes down to character. By James W. Ceaser.

Corporations Are People, Too

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

Those demanding restrictions on campaign funding claim to want power for the people. In reality they stand for crass partisan power—that of incumbents. By Richard A. Epstein.

Protestors at Wisconsin capitol building

Leader of the PAC

by Michael McConnellvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

Scott Walker’s opponent got most of the PAC money but lost anyway. The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, it turns out, represents a double-edged sword. By Michael W. McConnell.

Greek protesters

No Time for Wrong Steps

by Michael J. Boskinvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

Elections around the world must concentrate on the subtle dance between austerity and growth. By Michael J. Boskin.

Lifting all Boats

by Gary S. Beckervia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

How the quest for profit improves human welfare. By Gary S. Becker.

Recovery 2009 playing baseball

Own It

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

It’s way too late for the Obama administration to go on blaming its predecessor for a wobbly economy. By Edward P. Lazear.

Obesity and Responsibility

by Scott W. Atlasvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

Paternalism and no-fault insurance won’t fix our most serious health care problem. By Scott W. Atlas.

Unclogging the Drug Pipeline

by Henry I. Millervia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

It’s not lack of money or ambition that blocks promising new drugs. It’s the regulatory bottleneck. By Henry I. Miller.

Super big gulp

The Nudge that Refreshes?

by Gary S. Beckervia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

Policy makers want to snatch fizzy drinks and fatty foods out of consumers’ hands—for their own good, of course. By Gary S. Becker.

The CIA is Coming

by Kenneth Andersonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

Clandestine forces could play a major new role in Afghanistan after the military goes home. What does this mean for the future? By Kenneth Anderson.

Chess match

Chessboard or Puzzle

by Henry R. Nauvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

What are America’s next moves? Candidates Obama and Romney offer opposite answers. By Henry R. Nau.

Teachers' Unions Slipping

by Paul E. Peterson, William G. Howell, Martin R. Westvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

The unions are losing their appeal. Even among teachers themselves, polls suggest. By Paul E. Peterson, William G. Howell, and Martin R. West.

Computer labs

The Bigger Test

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

Technology doesn’t just mean more screens. It means a new kind of learning altogether—including outside the classroom. By Chester E. Finn Jr.

Extracurricular Revolution

by John E. Chubb, Terry M. Moevia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

Online learning poses no threat to the cherished college experience, which it will only change for the better. By John E. Chubb and Terry M. Moe.

The Islamist Moment

by Reuel Marc Gerechtvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

In the Arab spring, true democracy—with its many voices—is struggling to be born. By Reuel Marc Gerecht.

late leader Hafez al-Assad

The Syrian Rebellion

by Fouad Ajamivia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

Bashar al-Assad was once the reformer, the “good czar” who would lead Syria into modern times. It was never meant to be. By Fouad Ajami.

Watch along the Nile

by Fouad Ajamivia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

Post-revolution Egypt is entitled to our patience—even our hopes. By Fouad Ajami.

H. R. McMaster at Pentagon event

A Warrior-Scholar Looks at Afghanistan

by H. R. McMaster, David Feithvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

Hoover fellow and major general H. R. McMaster refuses to entertain illusions or wishful thinking about Afghanistan. He sees neither a triumph nor a lost cause. By David Feith.

The Language of Force

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

Hint to Tehran that it has nothing to fear from us? Not a good idea. By Thomas H. Henriksen.

Walmart in Mexico City

Monopoly Money in Mexico

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

When Mexico’s crony capitalists play their games, consumers always lose. Walmart wants to rewrite the rules. By Paul R. Gregory.

Melting Pots and Salad Bowls

by Bruce Thorntonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

What is the future of assimilation in America? By Bruce S. Thornton.

Red Tales

by Robert Service, Jonathan Derbyshirevia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

Imitate it, destroy it, trade with it? In the years after the Bolshevik revolution, the West didn’t know what to make of the new Soviet state. Hoover fellow Robert Service explores a time of conflict and disillusionment. By Jonathan Derbyshire.

Peter Robinson Uncommon Knowledge logo inset

"The American Project Is in Danger"

by Charles Murray, Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

Charles Murray on the crisis that threatens our very identity as a nation. An interview with Peter Robinson.

The Taylor Cure

by John B. Taylor, Gene Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

The White House and Congress should swear off stimulus packages—and the Fed should quit “easing.” Hoover fellow John B. Taylor makes his case. By Gene Epstein.

A Mandate to Meddle?

by Russell Robertsvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

We don’t know what’s best for others, and they don’t know what’s best for us. Why politicians—and everyone else—should mind their own business. By Russell Roberts.

College students cleaning up

The New Helots

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

Young people today find themselves in two kinds of bondage: to the economy and to their sense of entitlement. By Victor Davis Hanson.

Figure 1 Economic Growth in Sixteen Major Market Economies

Fertile Ground for Extremism

by Mark Harrisonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

Hard times stimulate a search for radical—and wrong—answers. By Mark Harrison.

national book fair in China

Champion of Liberty

by Stephen Moorevia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

The accomplishments of Milton Friedman—and why we still miss him. By Stephen Moore.

Milton and Rose Friedman

He Saw It Coming

by Robert Leesonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

Many years ago, the great economist warned against euro euphoria and other economic train wrecks. As usual, he was right. By Robert Leeson.

Radical Common Sense

by Thomas Sowellvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

How Milton Friedman took on the tyrants of the status quo. By Thomas Sowell.

On the Cover

via Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

"Everything is beautiful there, even regrets," Albert Camus said of the enchanting hilltop town known as Cordes sur Ciel.

Maneater

Mightier than Swords

by Nicholas Siekierskivia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

During the worst conflict the world has ever known, propaganda images were sharpened into weapons of mass persuasion. By Nicholas Siekierski.