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The Case Against Higher Taxes

by David R. Hendersonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

“Deadweight loss” is just as bad as it sounds, just as inefficient, just as unfair.

Perilous Pensions

by Charles Blahousvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Social Security is still heading for a fall. Not even the rising number of new workers can postpone this reckoning.

Conservativism for the People

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

When society and politics become degraded, when American communities crumble, merely “conserving” isn’t enough. Conservatism must restore.

Children of Entitlement

by Bruce Thorntonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Young leaders who preach socialism and other fantasies demonstrate an astonishing disregard for facts—maybe because they’ve never been forced to face any facts.

A Manifesto of Misery

by Charles Calomirisvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Socialism has never succeeded in any way—except in surviving in credulous minds.

When Deregulation Really Took Off

by David R. Hendersonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Airline deregulation remains one of the triumphs of sound economic thinking. But for a while it was touch and go . . .

“End of History” Lessons

by Michael J. Petrillivia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The big education battles seem to have settled down, but history suggests they won’t stay settled. It’s time to consolidate gains and push the next wave of education ideas.

No Free Lunch— Or Health Care

by Scott W. Atlasvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

“Medicare for all” promises nothing but crippling expense, inefficiency, and delays.

Inconvenient Billionaires

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

We can never keep money out of politics. But there is a solution to the problem of hugely expensive campaigns: eliminate the spoils of office.

Robespierre for President?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The Jacobins of the left wing, like those of Revolutionary France, hunger for power—no matter what it costs, no matter whose heads will roll.

Discrimination and the Ivory Tower

by John Yoo, James C. Phillipsvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The Supreme Court may finally get to clean up the mess that race-based admissions have created at our universities.

Gimme Shelter

by Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The definition of a “refugee” dates back decades and has outlived its usefulness. Nations now need a much more rigorous idea of just who deserves refuge.

Tech in the Trenches

by Amy Zegart, Lt Col Kevin Childsvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Silicon Valley has shown a remarkable indifference to national defense, depriving the Pentagon of both brains and technological brawn.

Fake Newsies

by Josef Joffevia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

This just in: journalists are people, too—sometimes very dishonest people. The story of a German journalist who told his readers a pack of lies about the United States.

Europe Does Not Exist

by Josef Joffevia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Brexit is just one vivid symptom of the Continent’s failure to produce a true union.

Competence and Confidence

by H. R. McMastervia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

“Strategic patience” in Asia has run its course. Now we and our allies must prepare for whatever comes next.

The Empire Strikes Back

by Michael R. Auslinvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Determined to hold all power, China is forcing its minority Uighurs into re-education camps and attacking their very culture. The Uighurs will not go quietly.

“Covert, Coercive, or Corrupting”

by Orville Schell, Larry Diamondvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Beijing has declared war—an information war. A team of Hoover researchers sounds the alarm.

Stop, Thieves

by Martin Feldsteinvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

“Trade war” is the wrong description for our clash with China. Instead, it’s a campaign to halt the stealing of American technology.

The Door Is Already Open

by Elizabeth Cobbsvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

A strong China can be a peaceable China.

The Road from Damascus

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The Trump administration’s timing may be questionable, but the pullout of US forces from Syria is not.

Scorched Earth

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Wildfires last year destroyed thousands of homes and cost dozens of lives, and California’s environmental policies bear some of the responsibility. The Golden State needs less red tape and smarter land management.

Red Ink in the Golden State

by Clifton B. Parker interview with Joshua D. Rauhvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

California owes hundreds of billions of dollars in pension obligations it can’t meet. Hoover fellow Joshua D. Rauh says the overpromising needs to stop—now.

Newsom Laces Up His Shoes

by Bill Whalenvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

California’s new governor is chasing a national profile. By taking the lead on immigration, he could earn attention and praise—or fail miserably.

Loners and Lost Tribes

by Russell Robertsvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

In war or in peace, who has your back? Author Sebastian Junger explores the tension between freedom and the ancient longing for community.

Churchill: Walking with Destiny

by Peter M. Robinson interview with Andrew Robertsvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Biographer and historian Andrew Roberts, granted exclusive access to archives about Winston Churchill (including the diaries of King George VI), paints a portrait both familiar and fresh.

Siberian Quagmire

by Kyle Duchynskivia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

As the First World War drew to a close, the victorious Allies suddenly found themselves clashing with Bolsheviks in Russia. How that intervention went astray is a tangled, and cautionary, tale.

A Stitch in Time

by Jean McElwee Cannonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Belgian women, rescued by US aid during World War I, thanked Americans by sending messages made from traditional lace and needlework. Lou Henry Hoover gathered those fragile reminders of a historic humanitarian moment.

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Abolish Superfund

by Henry I. Millervia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 1996

Hoover fellow Henry I. Miller, M.D., looks at the Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund program. Established more than a decade and a half ago as a five-year project, Superfund has never been shown to have done any good but has without question caused a great deal of harm. So what keeps Superfund going? "Dogs bark, cows moo, and regulators regulate."

How to Fix Social Security

by Milton Friedmanvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 1996

There has been a great deal of interest lately in privatizing Social Security--presidential candidate Steve Forbes even went so far as to make Social Security privatization one of the planks of his platform. But how, exactly, can privatization be accomplished? In this essay, which he first published in 1972, Hoover fellow Milton Friedman tells how to get from here to there.

Korea Opens Its Markets . . . Slowly

by Jongryn Movia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 1996

Reporting on two Hoover conferences on Korea, Hoover fellow Jongryn Mo asserts that Koreans are, slowly, opening their markets. And growing feisty.

History and Culture

by Thomas Sowellvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 1996

Hoover fellow Thomas Sowell offers a brilliant meditation on the grand theme of his new book, Migrations and Culture, and indeed of much of his life's work, history as "an anchor in reality."

A 1962 Flat-Tax Proposal Revisited

by Milton Friedmanvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 1996

Most of the flat-tax plans being bruited about in Washington today derive from the proposal that Hoover fellows Robert E. Hall and Alvin Rabushka made over a decade ago. As it happens, Hoover fellow Milton Friedman wrote about a flat tax more than three decades ago. Here Friedman presents that original plan.

Comeback Country

by Kevin Warshvia Hoover Digest

Who should get the credit for America’s slowly improving economy? Not the politicians. By Kevin M. Warsh.

“Are You Part of My Tribe?”

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest

David Mamet is one of this generation’s most acclaimed playwrights—and, as of an intellectual conversion just a few years ago, also one of its freshest political thinkers.

For the Copts, Disaster and Diaspora

by Samuel Tadros, Mark L. Movsesianvia Hoover Digest

The Arab Spring is forcing Egypt’s Coptic Christians out of their homeland and into the world. Samuel Tadros on the destruction of an ancient community and culture.

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