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A Tectonic Shift

by Michael Spencevia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

A global economic upheaval has begun. The transition to supply-constrained growth will produce profound changes in prices, supply chains, and entire economies.

How Inflation Is Reborn

by Tunku Varadarajan featuring the work of John H. Cochranevia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Washington throws open the fiscal floodgates, but consumers fear the debt will never be fully repaid.

Treacherous Times

by Michael D. Bordo, Mickey D. Levyvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Stamping out inflation in previous years was a long, bruising process. The Fed should vividly remember the high cost of delayed exits from monetary easing.

Losing the Anchor

by Raghuram Rajanvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Rather than holding fast, central banks have slipped their moorings. This time, the course back to stability will be much harder to chart.

“Credible, Lovable, and Respectable”?

interview with Elizabeth Economyvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Hoover fellow Elizabeth Economy appraises China’s performance as a star player on the world stage. Beijing, she concludes in her new book, The World According to China, is still struggling to master the role.

Global Warning

by Michael R. Auslinvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

To punish Beijing for human rights abuses, Washington has imposed trade restrictions. American businesses, heavily dependent on the vast Chinese market, are balking.

The Art of Political War

by Matt Pottingervia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Through flattery or fear, praise or punishment, Beijing always puts the party’s aims first. How the United States can resist.

What Xi Said

by Markos Kounalakisvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

In an imagined commencement speech, the Chinese leader urges his new graduates to put aside childish things—such as democracy.

Vlad the Invader

by Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Vladimir Putin said he would overpower and absorb Ukraine. Egging him on is not Stalin’s ghost but that of Peter the Great, victor of Poltava.

“Realism” vs. Putinism

by Michael McFaulvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

In his struggles with the West, Russia’s leader not only plays a long game—he plays an entirely different game.

Clarity Is a Superpower

by Rose Gottemoellervia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Two arms-control strategies from the Cold War, both built upon transparency, could prove very useful in talks with China. First, focus on overall stability, not specific weapons. Second, be deeply patient.

Purely Problematic

by David Bradyvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Ideological purity has gummed up Washington politics. How can we find a solvent—and produce changes the majority of Americans actually want?

Let Markets Clear the Air

by Joshua D. Rauhvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

“Net carbon zero” investments are stifling healthy market responses to climate change. And they probably won’t benefit anyone but the investors themselves.

Co-author: Mels de Zeeuw

Green Squeeze

by Bjorn Lomborgvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Thanks to misguided climate policies, the upward spiral of energy prices is just getting started.

Fix the Electoral Count Act

by Edward Foley, Michael McConnell, Richard Pildes, Bradley Smithvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

A nonpartisan reform could render the counting of votes in the Electoral College simple, straightforward, transparent—and uncontroversial. How to avoid another January 6.

The Battle over Patents

by Stephen Haber, Naomi R. Lamoreauxvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Patents are complicated, and subject to much confusion and even opposition. Here’s what makes them a firm foundation for intellectual-property rights.

Giant Stumbles

by Josef Joffevia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Anger management may be useful for individuals, but for a superpower? Why being slow to wrath isn’t always in the United States’ best interests.

That’s “Spytainment”

by Amy Zegartvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Americans know little about the world of espionage—except what they see in movies and TV shows. These popular depictions don’t help.

The Mission that Matters

by Nadia Schadlowvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Memo to the Pentagon: your job is to prevent wars or win them. You can’t afford to get distracted by climate-change policy.

“Complexity Is the Enemy of Security”

interview with Herbert Linvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Describing cyberwar, Hoover fellow Herbert Lin lists novel threats—and novel ways of fighting back.

America’s Wars

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

A decade ago, the Pentagon prophesied an “era of persistent conflicts.” That era is upon us.

Healing Pandemic Scars

by Michael J. Petrillivia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

The “COVID generation” of students will require our full attention for years to come.

A Lesson in Balance

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Schools must learn, with wisdom and humility, to blend both parents’ rights and society’s needs.

Draining the Golden State

by Lee Ohanianvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Your tax dollars (not) at work: voters approved billions in bonds for affordable housing, but the state not only built nothing, it couldn’t even figure out how to spend the money.

“The Ball Is in Our Court”

by Peter M. Robinson interview with Glenn Louryvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Hoover fellow Glenn Loury urges black Americans to embrace “the freest, most prosperous, most dynamic society on the planet,” adding this reminder: “We need our fellow Americans onside.”

The Research Comes First

interview with Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, John H. Cochranevia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Hoover’s “GoodFellows”—Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John H. Cochrane—talk about the many ways the institution turns learning into action.

Woke Islamism

by Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

United by their contempt for open societies and their reliance on social-justice pretexts, political Islamists increasingly find themselves in sync with leftists.

Overcoming Woke Racism

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Scholar and public intellectual John McWhorter’s new book calls for courage and a rebirth of the liberal spirit.

More Method, Less Madness

by Peter M. Robinson interview with Andrew Robertsvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

King George III, the allegedly addled monarch who “lost America” and ended up a punch line in the musical Hamilton, deserves better. So says historian Andrew Roberts, whose new book undertakes his royal rehabilitation.

In the Land of the Little Green Men

by Anatol Shmelevvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Collecting historical material in a country at war—in this case, Ukraine—means reckoning with both danger and disinformation. Not to mention chaos, suspicion, and the imperative of capturing digital history before it vanishes. An archivist’s story.

Patroness of the Bells

by Elena Danielsonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

The venerable bells in the Hoover Tower have a new namesake: Lou Henry Hoover, former first lady and lifetime lover of music.

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Trotsky, the Fugitive

by Robert Conquestvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 1996

Although a leader of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, the brilliant theorist and orator Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party in 1927 and then, in 1929, banished from the Soviet Union. His crime? Opposing Stalin. In 1940, Stalin's secret police murdered Trotsky in Mexico. Reviewing a new biography of Trotsky, Hoover fellow Robert Conquest reflects on a man characterized both by ruthlessness and by "the glamor of the Lost Cause."

Moscow's Secret Gold

by Arnold Beichmanvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 1996

In 1992, Boris Yeltsin outlawed the Communist Party, declaring it a criminal organization. Party leaders challenged Yeltsin in court. Hoover fellow Arnold Beichman has been examining the documents in this historic case.

A Brutal Debacle

by Richard F. Staarvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 1996

Hoover fellow Richard F. Staar portrays the 1994-1996 war that mighty Russia has waged on tiny Chechnya, a breakaway ethnic enclave on Russia's southern flank. This conflict has claimed some forty thousand civilian lives--and it continues to fester.

Vladimirov's Russia

by Elena Danielsonvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 1996

Ivan Alekseevich Vladimirov led two lives. In public, he painted propaganda pictures, becoming a master of socialist realism. In private, he painted harrowing scenes of the Russian Revolution and its aftermath, achieving true realism. Scores of his sketchbooks and canvases are in the Hoover Archives. Here archivist Elena S. Danielson describes Vladimirov's life and work.

Judicial Reform in Latin America

by Edgardo Buscaglia, William Ratliff, Maria Dakoliasvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 1996

The movement toward democracy and free markets in Latin America can only go so far if the courts remain corrupt and inefficient. Hoover fellow William Ratliff joins Edgardo Buscaglia Jr. and Maria Dakolias in describing the principal problems and in offering an outline for reform.

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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