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How Policy Became War

by David Davenport, Gordon Lloydvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Wars on poverty, on drugs, on terrorism: for decades the federal government has been declaring war—metaphorical, that is. The casualties? Compromise, reason, and the separation of powers.

Is the Recovery Ending?

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Slower job creation doesn’t mean a recession is imminent. But policy makers can’t assume growth will take care of itself.

Universal Income: How to Bust the Bank

by David R. Hendersonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

This utopian scheme would create the mother of all welfare states.

Brave New Automated World

by Michael Spencevia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The digital revolution holds great promise for human well-being—if that revolution can be managed.

“Free” Health Care Isn’t

by Scott W. Atlasvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

How single-payer systems fail their patients.

Scrub This Fantasy

by Charles Blahousvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

“Medicare for all” is a prescription for fresh inefficiencies and stratospheric costs. We couldn’t afford it—and we shouldn’t even want it.

How to Save Democracy

by Larry Diamondvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

A surge of authoritarianism has overwhelmed the “freedom agenda.” Yet even as Russia rages and China seethes, America can, and must, stand up for democracy.

Indispensable Free Speech

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Free speech defends our other freedoms and offends would-be autocrats. It’s time to revive this bedrock American principle.

Laugh On

by Bruce Thorntonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Free people know how—and why—to cut elites down to size.

Clarence Thomas Holds the Line

by Adam J. Whitevia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

To the chagrin of populists and progressives alike, the Supreme Court justice displays an intelligent and insistent fidelity to the Constitution.

Integration Is No Panacea

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Sixty-five years after the Supreme Court rejected “separate but equal” classrooms, segregation—formal segregation, at least—is gone. Yet our schools still struggle. Reform now depends more on excellence than on inclusion.

Better Students and Better Jobs

by Amber M. Northern, Michael J. Petrillivia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

A new survey shows that the jobs for which students are training simply aren’t the jobs employers want to fill. How to fix this mismatch.

Polluters and Scapegoats

by Bjorn Lomborgvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Banning plastic bags won’t save the planet. Real progress will have to extend well beyond empty gestures.

Continental Drift

by Josef Joffevia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Across Europe, political disruptors are elbowing aside the established parties. The disruptors’ goals, when they can be discerned, are all over the map.

Tiananmen Dreams

by Amy Zegartvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Throughout modern history, China has defied the experts and their expectations. Now, as always, the Middle Kingdom will move at its own pace.

Dire Strait

by Michael R. Auslinvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Taiwan must decide how to respond to military provocations from the mainland. America may have to decide, too.

Islands in the Stream

by Eric Wakin, Hsiao-ting Linvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

A handful of small islands once formed a battleground in the Taiwan-China clash. Today those islands not only are at peace but represent a bridge of sorts between the two old adversaries.

Putting Tolerance to the Test

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

At its founding, India displayed a powerful affinity for Western values—equality, self-rule, dignity. But in the name of Hindu tradition, the country’s present rulers are flouting those values.

Building Democracy on Sand

by Arye Carmonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Israel lacks a constitution—and any clear idea of where it is going. A new book takes up the unanswered questions of the Jewish state.

Clausewitz Goes East

by Charles Hillvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

In the Mideast, it’s the power centers that matter—not territory, not capitals, but far-flung and complex alliances.

Hopeless in Gaza

by Michael J. Boskinvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Palestinians, in refusing even to consider taking economic aid in exchange for reforms, are only harming themselves.

Elegy in an English Church

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

One quietly proud corner of Britain sees Brexit as a matter of what to keep, not whom to exclude.

Untangling Homelessness

by Lee Ohanianvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Throwing money at the problem while blocking development just worsens housing problems. What would help? Unleashing homebuilders and job-creating businesses, especially in the Central Valley and the hinterlands

Tax Avengers: Endgame?

by Bill Whalenvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

A recent schools tax measure failed—and failed badly. Californians may not be all that eager to weaken Proposition 13 after all.

“None of the Wars Has Been Won”

by Peter M. Robinson interview with David Davenportvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Hoover fellow David Davenport, co-author of How Public Policy Became War, calls for a rhetorical cease-fire.

A Bridge over a Troubled Century

featuring Norman M. Naimarkvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Celebrating Hoover fellow Norman M. Naimark.

Trafficking in Thoughtcrime

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

How a distinguished thinker learned of his disinvitation.

Reparations Are for the Living

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Trying to repay people for the losses their ancestors suffered would never work. Worse, it would never achieve justice.

I Unlearned Hate

by Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Born into a culture that blamed Jews for all wrongdoing, a scholar explains how she broke free of that prejudice—and how a certain Somali-American congresswoman can, too.

Red Again

by Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Who would have expected both a new Cold War and a fresh fascination with socialism?

Stanford and the Great War

by Jean McElwee Cannonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Collections in the Hoover Archives tell the stories of the Stanford students who were eager to go “over there,” driving battlefield ambulances and flying over the front lines.

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Teachers Need Sympathy—and Reform

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

Teaching can be a tough, poorly paid job. But teachers need to recognize that respect must be earned, and that their unions are doing them no favors.

The Mayor of Tech Territory

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Cyberspace is often compared to the Wild West—but eventually the West was won and the frontier tamed. It’s time for our virtual villages to get civilized.

Guardians and Gatekeepers

by Ralph Petersvia Hoover Digest
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Every fresh form of communication adds to propaganda’s toolkit, but computers have unleashed profound new powers of disinformation. Tech titans need to insist on a transparent, open Internet.

Turning over a New (Organic) Leaf

by Henry I. Miller, John Cohrssenvia Hoover Digest
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Bioengineered crops help farmers and feed increasing numbers of people, but the organic industry still rejects them. New organic labels could, and should, make room for science.

Diesel Duplicity

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018
In the name of climate change, European policy makers “nudged” millions of drivers into diesel-powered cars, swapping hypothetical hazards for very real harm.

Searching for Higher Ground

by Terry Andersonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

The market, not regulations, will teach us how to manage rising seas and temperatures.

You Could Google It

by Richard Sousa, Nicolas Petitvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018
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Health Care Fables

by Charles L. Hooper, David R. Hendersonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

Health care reform is hard but not impossible. We can start by discarding three myths.

Savings for All

by Scott W. Atlasvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

Health savings accounts already drive down the cost of health care. Now we should offer them to everyone.

Anthony Kennedy’s Principles

by Jack Goldsmithvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

The departure of the “swing justice” was significant indeed.

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