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The Purpose of a Corporation

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

Milton Friedman is still right: the role of a corporation is to make a profit—not to get entangled in the demands of endless “stakeholders” or social engineering.

Prophet Sharing

by Milton Friedmanvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

Hoover fellow Milton Friedman explained in this famous article the “one and only one social responsibility of business.”

Take This Job and Relocate It

by Edmund L. Andrews featuring Joshua D. Rauhvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

Hoover fellow Joshua D. Rauh finds that even slight tax increases prompt companies to move out, seeking greener pastures in other states.

Too Large, Yet in Charge

by Charles Blahousvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

Government can’t keep up with the free market’s dynamism, innovation, and power to improve lives. Someone should tell the presidential candidates.

Warren’s Senior Moment

by John F. Coganvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

The candidate would lavish money on Social Security recipients, even on the millions of seniors who don’t need it, by imposing a new and unfair tax. Her plan is just an election-year soaking.

Taxation by Stealth

by David R. Hendersonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020
Easing government regulations, as the Trump administration has done, puts money in people’s pockets—and expands their liberties.

America in One Room

by Larry Diamondvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

If voters stopped shouting at each other and tried listening instead, what would they hear? And what would they do next? A novel experiment aimed to find out.

Pluralism 101

by Michael McConnellvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

Universities need free speech—and free thinkers—to fulfill their very mission.

The Wages of Hubris

by Bruce Thorntonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020
Social engineers love to think they possess the wisdom of the ages—and to inflict it on others. Tocqueville noticed this conceit two hundred years ago.

Still Exceptional

by Chris Gibson via Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

The founders were right: when we weaken America’s historical sense of balance, we weaken ourselves.

Well-regulated Background Checks

by John Yoovia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020
Yes, Congress can expand scrutiny of gun sales without violating the Second Amendment. The real question? Whether those checks would accomplish anything.

It’s Not “for the Children”

by Eric Hanushekvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

Striking for more money serves the needs of teachers, not students. To put pupils’ needs first, boost the salaries of effective teachers.

An Imperfect Storm

by Daniel Disalvo featuring Terry M. Moevia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

Hoover fellow Terry Moe scrutinizes the creative destruction that Hurricane Katrina wrought, quite literally, on New Orleans’ schools. 

Hastening Doomsday

by Bjorn Lomborgvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

Panic over climate change could sabotage the quality of life of billions.

Lands Held Under

by George P. Shultz, Pedro Aspevia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

Uncontrolled immigration happens when migrants try to escape poor, dangerous countries. If we make their homelands safer, more functional, and more prosperous, we can lessen everyone’s burden.

Home at Last

by Michael S. Bernstamvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020
Adult foster care is a fresh idea that could stem the tide of homelessness.

9/11: Look Back and Learn

by Amy Zegartvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020
Spy agencies failed spectacularly to predict the 2001 terrorist attacks, and today the threats have grown worse. Our intelligence apparatus needs radical reinvention.

Liberated in Name Only

by Frank Diköttervia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

The People’s Republic of China’s seventieth anniversary was a hollow celebration.

The “Asian Century”—Over So Soon?

by Michael R. Auslinvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

Amid trade tensions and geopolitical frictions, relations between the United States and China have taken a twist. But that twist creates opportunities for the United States—and for human rights.

Tehran Won’t Disarm

by Josef Joffevia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

Iran’s strategic ambitions depend on its threat to get the bomb—or “almost a bomb.” The US won’t go to war to prevent this from happening, and Tehran knows it.

How to Win by Losing

by Abbas Milanivia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

The mullahs have their pride—and their reasons for pursuing nuclear status. America should seek careful, face-saving compromises.

The Gig Is Up

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

There’s no other way to say this: California has destroyed the gig economy.

Forbidden Cities

by Lee Ohanianvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020
Housing in the state may be critically scarce, but creating a new community in California can still take decades.

Trust Me, I’m from the DMV

by Bill Whalenvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020
California’s “motor voter” registration system is a clunker.

“If You Don’t Read, You Can’t Lead”

by Peter M. Robinson interview with General Jim Mattisvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

Jim Mattis, warrior-scholar and Hoover fellow, on his new book, Call Sign Chaos.

We Could Be Heroes

by Michael J. Boskinvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020
Over the centuries, even bitter enemies have sought common ground to support the common good. Let’s revive America’s civil majority.

Founders and Foundations

by David Davenport, Gordon Lloydvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

How to restore the teaching of US history to its rightful place.

From Berlin to Ground Zero

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

The “End of History” thesis saw a world at equilibrium. But when does the center ever hold?

Legacies of the “Big Three”

by Peter M. Robinson interview with David M. Kennedy, Andrew Roberts, Stephen Kotkinvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

Not quite three-quarters of a century ago, the grand alliance of the United States, the British empire, and the Soviet Union defeated Nazi Germany and imperial Japan. Three big historians, David Kennedy, Andrew Roberts, and Stephen Kotkin, on Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin.

On to the Next Hundred Years

by George H. Nashvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

Herbert Hoover’s namesake institution and its enduring ambition to satisfy intellectual hunger.

On the Cover

via Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

This poster captioned “Loor a los Héroes!” (Praise to the Heroes) lionized the air forces of Republican Spain as the Spanish Civil War intensified in the late 1930s. 

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by Robert J. Barro Friday, January 27, 2017
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by Chester E. Finn Jr., Bruno V. Manno, Brandon L. Wright Friday, January 27, 2017
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by Peter M. Robinson interview with Terry M. Moe Friday, January 27, 2017
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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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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 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 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 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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2016 No. 2

by Michael J. Boskin Monday, April 18, 2016
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On to the Next Hundred Years

by George H. Nashvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

Herbert Hoover’s namesake institution and its enduring ambition to satisfy intellectual hunger.

New Issue Of Hoover Digest Online

via Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 10, 2019

The fall 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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Islands in the Stream

by 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.

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.

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.

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.

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