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Russia once again tramples democratic values and defies the world. Yet Putin has neither allies nor any appeal outside Russia itself. This autocracy too shall pass.
Under the Obama administration, the United States looks weak and hesitant. Russia noticed.
Nurture a free, independent Ukraine but engage with Russia—America can, and must, do both.
Does Vladimir Putin want to be king—or emperor? The second ambition is more dangerous.
Putin did America a favor: he cleared up any doubt about whether Russia is a constructive partner. (It isn’t.)
Grand strategy in this fast-moving, multipolar world remains important—but it seems increasingly out of reach.
If leaders believe that war is constant and inevitable they will certainly make it so.
Dodd-Frank was supposed to ensure that individual institutions could no longer threaten our entire financial system. Yet Dodd-Frank itself has failed. We don’t need more regulations; we need deeper bank equity.
How to retain a vibrant economy in a politically dysfunctional system? Embrace flexibility.
The economy is creating more jobs, but shorter workweeks have wiped out the gains.
Health-insurance subsidies that drive Americans out of the workforce? Bad medicine.
Odd though it sounds, the winner-take-all electoral system sometimes lets political parties ignore the voters’ views. Gridlock might have a silver lining.
Raise the banner of individual liberty and govern under it.
Commissions can redraw district lines all they like. The GOP would almost certainly retain a majority in the House.
Drones revolutionized aerial warfare—but so did zeppelins. Why strategists should exercise caution in relying on the latest weapon or tactic.
“Either/or” positions have paralyzed education reform. Let’s pull our desks into the middle.
How can we make school more valuable for students who aren’t college-bound?
Upward mobility is alive and well—at least where schools, families, and neighborhoods flourish.
One of the enduring mirages of the Mideast is the vision of a free, stable Iraq. The Sunni-Shia clash keeps it perennially out of reach.
Drones are no substitute for strategy and determination.
All the complexities of constitutional theory and American political history come down to a single question: will citizens control their rulers, or vice versa?
Nations struggling toward democracy need not pressure but encouragement.
Water isn’t the only scarce commodity in California. So is the forethought that could have prevented shortages in a time of drought.
Farms enrich California and feed much of the world. They also drink up most of the state’s water. Crops bred to be less thirsty could save the harvest.
Intended to encourage the emergence of citizen-legislators, term limits have simply extended the careers of seat-shopping politicians.
The late Hoover fellow Gary Becker followed the data to “amazing ideas and predictions.”
To Gary Becker, the invisible hand was inescapably human.
A scholar whose penetrating questions led economists and social scientists where many had feared to tread.
In his classroom, rigor was its own reward.
Academic debates will never end, but Gary Becker was convinced of this: Americans don’t want to go backward on economic liberty.
Pundits have taken to comparing President Obama with President Eisenhower. Historian and Hoover fellow Victor Davis Hanson says that’s nonsense. For one thing, Ike was both diplomatic and assertive.
During the First World War and its aftermath, millions of Europeans faced starvation. Herbert Hoover took up their cause. His work helped create the modern vision of humanitarian aid.
A vivid tapestry, tucked away for decades, emerges from the archives.
Sunlight bathes the bell tower of Mission Santa Barbara in this 1917 poster celebrating Wells Fargo’s sixty-fifth anniversary in California.