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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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2016 No. 1

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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 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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Friday, October 2, 2015

2015 No. 4

by Michael J. Boskin Friday, October 16, 2015
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by Edward Paul Lazear Friday, October 16, 2015
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by John H. Cochrane Friday, October 16, 2015
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by Richard A. Epstein Friday, October 16, 2015
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by Richard A. Epstein Friday, October 16, 2015
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by David R. Henderson Friday, October 16, 2015
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by Mark Harrison Friday, October 16, 2015
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by Jack Goldsmith Friday, October 16, 2015
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by Benjamin Wittes Friday, October 16, 2015
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by Lieutenant Colonel Enrique Oti Friday, October 16, 2015
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by Admiral Gary Roughead Friday, October 16, 2015
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by Carson Bruno Friday, October 16, 2015
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by Carol Galante Friday, October 16, 2015
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by Chester E. Finn Jr. Friday, October 16, 2015
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by Michael J. Petrilli Friday, October 16, 2015
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by Victor Davis Hanson Friday, October 16, 2015
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by Larry Diamond Friday, October 16, 2015
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by General Jim Mattis Friday, October 16, 2015
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by Thomas Donnelly Friday, October 16, 2015
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by Timothy Garton Ash Friday, October 16, 2015
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by Emily S. Chen Friday, October 16, 2015
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by David Davenport Friday, October 16, 2015
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by Clifton B. Parker featuring William Damon Friday, October 16, 2015
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by Clint Bolick Friday, October 16, 2015
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by Jeremy Catto Friday, October 16, 2015
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by James W. Ceaser Friday, October 16, 2015
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by Samuel Tadros Friday, October 16, 2015
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by Peter Berkowitz Friday, October 16, 2015
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by Jean McElwee Cannon Friday, October 16, 2015
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2015 No. 3

by Charles Hill Friday, June 19, 2015
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by Christina Pazzanese featuring Jessica Stern Friday, June 19, 2015
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by Jane Harman, Jack Goldsmith Friday, June 19, 2015
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by Amy Zegart Friday, June 19, 2015
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by Kimberly Kagan Friday, June 19, 2015
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by George P. Shultz, Henry A. Kissinger Friday, June 19, 2015
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by Abbas Milani Friday, June 19, 2015
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by Josef Joffe Friday, June 19, 2015
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by Edward Paul Lazear Friday, June 19, 2015
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by Thomas E. MaCurdy Friday, June 19, 2015
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by Richard A. Epstein Friday, June 19, 2015
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by Terry Anderson Friday, June 19, 2015
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by Henry I. Miller Friday, June 19, 2015
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by Clifton B. Parker featuring Caroline M. Hoxby Friday, June 19, 2015
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by Bruce Thornton Friday, June 19, 2015
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by Peter M. Robinson Friday, June 19, 2015
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by Thomas Sowell Friday, June 19, 2015
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by Joseph Epstein featuring Shelby Steele Friday, June 19, 2015
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2015 No. 2

by Charles Hill Monday, April 20, 2015
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by Josef Joffe Monday, April 20, 2015
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by John B. Taylor Monday, April 20, 2015
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by John H. Cochrane Monday, April 20, 2015
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by Edward Paul Lazear Monday, April 20, 2015
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by Nick Gillespie Monday, April 20, 2015
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by John H. Cochrane Monday, April 20, 2015
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by Scott W. Atlas Monday, April 20, 2015
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by Charles Blahous Monday, April 20, 2015
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by Gary D. Libecap, Robert Glennon Monday, April 20, 2015
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by Stephen D. Krasner Monday, April 20, 2015
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by Timothy Kane Monday, April 20, 2015
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by Colonel Michael Arnold Monday, April 20, 2015
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by Bertrand M. Patenaude Monday, April 20, 2015
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Laugh On

by Bruce Thorntonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

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

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.

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.

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.

“Free” Health Care Isn’t

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

How single-payer systems fail their patients.

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