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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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2016 No. 4

by John H. Cochrane Friday, October 21, 2016
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by George P. Shultz, John F. Cogan Friday, October 21, 2016
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by Charles Blahous Friday, October 21, 2016
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by Douglas A. Irwin Friday, October 21, 2016
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featuring Josef Joffe, Timothy Garton Ash, Allan H. Meltzer, Niall Ferguson, Stephen Kotkin, Michael McFaul, Andrew Roberts, Richard A. Epstein, Michael Spence Friday, October 21, 2016
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by Bill Whalen Friday, October 21, 2016
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featuring James W. Ceaser Friday, October 21, 2016
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by James Huffman Friday, October 21, 2016
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by Paul R. Gregory Friday, October 21, 2016
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by Rosa Brooks Friday, October 21, 2016
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by Thomas Donnelly Friday, October 21, 2016
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by Admiral Gary Roughead Friday, October 21, 2016
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by Reuel Marc Gerecht Friday, October 21, 2016
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by Stephen Kotkin Friday, October 21, 2016
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by Michael McFaul Friday, October 21, 2016
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featuring H. R. McMaster Friday, October 21, 2016
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by Miles Maochun Yu Friday, October 21, 2016
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by Jack Goldsmith Friday, October 21, 2016
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by Paul E. Peterson Friday, October 21, 2016
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by Chester E. Finn Jr., Brandon L. Wright Friday, October 21, 2016
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by Richard A. Epstein Friday, October 21, 2016
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featuring Timothy Garton Ash Friday, October 21, 2016
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by Victor Davis Hanson Friday, October 21, 2016
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by Peter M. Robinson Friday, October 21, 2016
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featuring Russell Roberts Friday, October 21, 2016
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by William Damon Friday, October 21, 2016
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featuring Lee Ohanian Friday, October 21, 2016
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Monday, July 11, 2016

2016 No. 3

by Victor Davis Hanson Monday, July 11, 2016
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by James W. Ceaser Monday, July 11, 2016
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by Peter Berkowitz Monday, July 11, 2016
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by James W. Ceaser Monday, July 11, 2016
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by David Brady Monday, July 11, 2016
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by Michael J. Boskin Monday, July 11, 2016
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by Richard A. Epstein Monday, July 11, 2016
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by Charles Blahous Monday, July 11, 2016
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by Stephen D. Krasner, Amy Zegart Monday, July 11, 2016
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by Kori Schake Monday, July 11, 2016
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by William J. Perry Monday, July 11, 2016
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by Mark Moyar Monday, July 11, 2016
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by Jack Goldsmith Monday, July 11, 2016
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by Amy Zegart Monday, July 11, 2016
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by Mark Harrison Monday, July 11, 2016
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by Amr Hamzawy, Michael McFaul Monday, July 11, 2016
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by Charles Hill Monday, July 11, 2016
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by Abbas Milani Monday, July 11, 2016
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by Henry I. Miller Monday, July 11, 2016
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by Michael J. Petrilli Monday, July 11, 2016
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by Christopher Walker, Marc Plattner, Larry Diamond Monday, July 11, 2016
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by Victor Davis Hanson Monday, July 11, 2016
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by Damon Root interview with Clint Bolick Monday, July 11, 2016
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by Peter M. Robinson interview with Karl Rove Monday, July 11, 2016
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by David Andolfatto interview with Lee Ohanian Monday, July 11, 2016
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by William Damon Monday, July 11, 2016
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by George H. Nash Monday, July 11, 2016
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by Hsiao-ting Lin Monday, July 11, 2016
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Monday, April 18, 2016

2016 No. 2

by Michael J. Boskin Monday, April 18, 2016
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by Edward Paul Lazear Monday, April 18, 2016
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by John B. Taylor Monday, April 18, 2016
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by Michael Spence Monday, April 18, 2016
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by Allan H. Meltzer Monday, April 18, 2016
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by John H. Cochrane Monday, April 18, 2016
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by David Brady Monday, April 18, 2016
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by Jeremy Carl Monday, April 18, 2016
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by Scott W. Atlas Monday, April 18, 2016
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by Daniel P. Kessler Monday, April 18, 2016
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by Charles Blahous Monday, April 18, 2016
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by Lanhee J. Chen, James C. Capretta Monday, April 18, 2016
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by Richard A. Epstein Monday, April 18, 2016
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by Charles Hill Monday, April 18, 2016
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by Michael S. Bernstam Monday, April 18, 2016
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by Jack Goldsmith Monday, April 18, 2016
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by Josef Joffe Monday, April 18, 2016
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by Frederick W. Kagan Monday, April 18, 2016
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by Mark Harrison Monday, April 18, 2016
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by Niall Ferguson Monday, April 18, 2016
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by Henry I. Miller Monday, April 18, 2016
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by Michael J. Petrilli Monday, April 18, 2016
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by Larry Diamond Monday, April 18, 2016
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by Timothy Garton Ash Monday, April 18, 2016
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by Peter Berkowitz Monday, April 18, 2016
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by Jenny Mayfield Monday, April 18, 2016
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by Kenji Kato Monday, April 18, 2016
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by Meghan Daum Monday, April 18, 2016
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by Kyle Peterson Monday, April 18, 2016
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by Victor Davis Hanson Monday, April 18, 2016
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by Jean McElwee Cannon Monday, April 18, 2016
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

2016 No. 1

by John B. Taylor Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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by Edward Paul Lazear Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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by Michael Spence Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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by Joshua D. Rauh Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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by Allan H. Meltzer Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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by Bruce Thornton Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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by Kori Schake Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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by Scott W. Atlas, John F. Cogan Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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by Herbert Lin Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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by Benjamin Wittes, Gabriella Blum Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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by Sam Nunn, Andrew Bieniawski Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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by Michael Henderson, Paul E. Peterson, Martin R. West Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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by Chester E. Finn Jr., Brandon L. Wright Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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by Michael J. Petrilli, Robert Pondiscio Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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by Michael McFaul Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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by Niall Ferguson Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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by Stephen D. Krasner Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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by Abbas Milani, Michael McFaul Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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by Peter Berkowitz Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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by Peter Berkowitz Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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by David R. Henderson Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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by Carson Bruno Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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by John B. Dunlop, Norman M. Naimark Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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by John O'Sullivan Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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by Tod Lindberg Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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by Victor Davis Hanson Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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by Bertrand M. Patenaude Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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by Serge Schmemann Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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by Jean McElwee Cannon Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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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

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.

New Issue Of Hoover Digest Online

via Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The summer issue of Hoover Digest is now available online. The journal focuses on topics both classical—the economy, personal freedom, the role of government—and timely, such as cybersecurity, terrorism, and geopolitical shifts. 

A Heavy, Quite Visible Hand

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Manipulated wages, housing shortages, rents set by government diktat—distortions abound. The market is a much better mechanism than government for matching supply and demand.

Three Pillars of Wisdom

by Edward Glaeser interview with Raghuram Rajanvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

To restrain both arrogant rulers and reckless populists, Hoover economist Raghuram Rajan argues in his new book, we must restore strong local communities.

On, Wisconsin!

by Bill Whalenvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Democrats hope that picking their presidential nominee in Milwaukee will boost their chances in the Midwest. Convention magic, however, is fickle.

The Politics of Pessimism

by David Davenportvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The so-called Green New Deal tells a tale of doom and gloom—not of the vibrant, growing America we actually live in.

On the Cover

via Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The fierce metal bear that guards the reading room of the Hoover Archives reminds visitors of a link between California—the former “Bear Flag Republic”—and Russia, where Herbert Hoover worked as a mining engineer in the early twentieth century.

Solzhenitsyn Was Here

by Bertrand M. Patenaudevia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The celebrated Soviet exile came, did some research in the Hoover Archives, and began his scrutiny of the American scene. Notes on a memorable visitor.

Ideas Have Consequences

featuring Edwin J. Feulner, Jr.via Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Before he went on to run another great think tank, the Heritage Foundation, Edwin J. Feulner served as a fellow at the Hoover Institution—and has followed Hoover ever since. In this appreciation of Hoover’s first century, he explains how the institution has kept vigil, preventing the world, in Herbert Hoover’s own words, from slumping “back toward darkness.”

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