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A Case for Optimism

by Scott W. Atlasvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

The challenge is deadly serious, but America’s critical-care system is the most advanced in the world.

Hazardous Handouts

by Troy Senik interview with John H. Cochranevia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

Hoover fellow John H. Cochrane argues that large doses of “stimu-lend,” rather than stimulus, will get workers and businesses back on their feet without incubating a second disease: moral hazard.

The Bedford Falls Solution

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

When panic reigns, timid investors suffer. The lesson from a classic holiday movie: Be like George.

“This Has an End in Sight”

by Dan Crenshaw interview with Edward Paul Lazearvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

The pandemic has been devastating, but the wrong response to it could be more devastating still. Hoover fellow Edward P. Lazear lays out a sober set of steps to shore up and revive the US economy.

First Principles and the Future

by John H. Cochranevia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

Economic freedom underlies every other freedom. We must defy every threat to this essential liberty.

Reclaiming Our Birthright

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

To endure the storms of the new decade, cling to the anchor: personal autonomy.

Honor the World’s Hopes

by Larry Diamondvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

Why support the world’s freedom-seeking people? For reasons both moral and practical.

The Assault on Wealth

by David R. Hendersonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

Socialism may seem cool all of a sudden, but confiscating wealth is just plain wrong—and does nothing to help the poor or anyone else.

A Taxation Dead End

by Lee Ohanianvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

High taxes on capital gains do harm twice over: they lower investment and provoke capital flight.

The Trouble with Tariffs

by John B. Taylorvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

Tariffs are sometimes seen as war by other means—and trade conflicts aren’t exempt from the fog of war.

Let’s Unmake a Deal

by Raghuram Rajanvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

The global market was born as a partnership between developed economies and emerging markets. Now both sides are pushing for changes, some of which could harm trade, not expand it.

After the Dust Settles

by David Davenportvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

When Donald Trump leaves the political scene, conservatives will have to take a deep breath and start figuring out what they still stand for.

How to Be a Dictator

by Tunku Varadarajan featuring Frank Diköttervia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

Hoover fellow Frank Dikötter on the tribe of tyrants, from Stalin to Mao. What the bad guys have in common.

Letting Go of the Mideast

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

For the first time in many decades, the Middle East is no longer indispensable to America’s security or economic needs.

Lives in the Balance

by Charles Hillvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

Imbalance, the historical curse of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, also affords the clash a certain stability. What we can learn from the motif of sustained crisis.

Getting Iran to the Table

by Jonathan Movroydis interview with Abraham D. Sofaervia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

Hoover fellow Abraham D. Sofaer lays out a way to make progress even with an intractable, violent nation like the Islamic Republic.

Who’s Afraid of Cyberwar?

by Jacquelyn Schneidervia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

Tehran often threatens to unleash cyberwarfare against the United States. Its hacking skills may be worrisome, but they’re no match for military might.

The Cult of Climatism

by Josef Joffevia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

The religion of global warming preaches doom and punishment, even as its own high priests hedge their bets. Meanwhile, its fearful, furious dogmas make a cooperative response to climate change all but impossible.

AP Makes the Grade

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Andrew Scanlanvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

Education reforms come and go, most achieving little. But Advanced Placement programs? They work.

Putting Aside Woke Things

by Frederick M. Hess, Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

Far too many schools place social justice ahead of learning. For the sake of students, we must reject this harmful revolution.

Space Invaders

by Amy Zegartvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

In the information age, old thinking about war is as faulty as old technology. Where is our unified theory of defense?

Where’s Waldo’s Nuke?

by Amy Zegartvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

Amateurs are prowling the Internet for clues to nuclear weapons development. Real spies find these efforts both helpful and worrisome.

Thirty Years On

by Rachel Tausendfreund interview with Timothy Garton Ashvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

Three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Hoover fellow Timothy Garton Ash assesses the state of European democracy.

The Fires Next Time

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

By freezing premiums, California is forcing insurers to pay for fire damage they didn’t cause. This could drive them out of business—to no one’s benefit.

Strange Defeat

by Peter M. Robinson interview with Douglas Murrayvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

Douglas Murray, author of The Strange Death of Europe, worries that Europe may have become too exhausted by heedless immigration and self-doubt to defend its own culture.

“Of the Elites, by the Elites”

by Russell Robertsvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

George Will does battle with the administrative state in his new book, The Conservative Sensibility.

“It’s Hard Work, Building A Country”

by General Jim Mattisvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

In American public life, Hoover fellow Jim Mattis reminds us, disagreement is forgivable but despair is not.

“Inequality” As A Cudgel

by Bruce Thorntonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

Governments crave power, and radical egalitarians are only too eager to supply it.

Race Against Anarchy

by Bertrand M. Patenaudevia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

Even after the Great War ended, famine and chaos threatened Europe. Herbert Hoover rescued the continent, reviving trade, rebuilding infrastructure, and restoring economic order, holding a budding Bolshevism in check.

On the Cover

via Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

This poster from the Hoover Archives offers a gentle image of a violent place and time: Germany in 1920, still reeling from its defeat in the First World War.

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2015 No. 2

by Charles Hill Monday, April 20, 2015
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by Richard A. Epstein Monday, April 20, 2015
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by Reuel Marc Gerecht Monday, April 20, 2015
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by Victor Davis Hanson Monday, April 20, 2015
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by Joseph Felter 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 Michael J. Boskin Monday, April 20, 2015
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by Bill Whalen Monday, April 20, 2015
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by Gary D. Libecap, Robert Glennon Monday, April 20, 2015
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by James Goodby Monday, April 20, 2015
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by Stephen D. Krasner Monday, April 20, 2015
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by Victor Davis Hanson Monday, April 20, 2015
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by Edward Paul Lazear 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 Richard A. Epstein Monday, April 20, 2015
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by Paul R. Gregory Monday, April 20, 2015
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by Peter M. Robinson Monday, April 20, 2015
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by Bertrand M. Patenaude Monday, April 20, 2015
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by Norman M. Naimark Monday, April 20, 2015
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by Samira Bozorgi Monday, April 20, 2015
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2015 No. 1

by John B. Taylor Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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by Lee Ohanian, Edward Prescott Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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by Edward Paul Lazear Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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by Richard A. Epstein Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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by Michael Spence Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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by General Jim Mattis Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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by Peter Berkowitz Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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by Edward N. Luttwak Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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by Mark Moyar Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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by Scott W. Atlas Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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by Allan H. Meltzer Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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by Carson Bruno Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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by Chester E. Finn Jr. Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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by Michael J. Petrilli Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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by Edward Paul Lazear Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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by Terry Anderson, Daniel Botkin Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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by Richard A. Epstein Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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by Clifton B. Parker Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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by Andrew Roberts Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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by Yuri Yarim-Agaev Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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by Paul R. Gregory Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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by Amy Zegart Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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by Peter M. Robinson Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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by Tunku Varadarajan Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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by Thomas Sowell Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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by Niall Ferguson Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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by Timothy Garton Ash Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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by Mark Harrison Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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by Andrew Ferguson Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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by Vitaly Leonidovich Katayev Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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by Victor Davis Hanson Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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by Nicholas Siekierski Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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2014 No. 4

by Fouad Ajami Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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by Abbas Milani Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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by Kori Schake Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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by Victor Davis Hanson Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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by John B. Taylor Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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by Michael J. Boskin Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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by Richard A. Epstein Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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by Allan H. Meltzer Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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by Edward Paul Lazear Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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by Carson Bruno Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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by Terry Anderson Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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by Daniel P. Kessler Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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by Scott W. Atlas Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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by Richard A. Epstein Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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by Lanhee J. Chen Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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by Bill Whalen Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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by Jack Goldsmith Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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by Benjamin Wittes Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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by Samuel Tadros Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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by Abbas Milani, Israel Waismel-Manor Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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by Lee Smith Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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by Paul R. Gregory Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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by Jonathan Schlefer interview with Michael Spence Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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with Peter M. Robinson Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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by Kathryn Jean Lopez interview with Charles Calomiris, Stephen Haber Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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by Thomas Sowell Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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by David Davenport Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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by Timothy Garton Ash Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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by Charles Hill Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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by Victor Davis Hanson Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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by Hsiao-ting Lin Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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2014 No. 3

by Michael McFaul Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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by Condoleezza Rice Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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by George P. Shultz, Sam Nunn Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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by Mark Harrison Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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by Tod Lindberg Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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by Amy Zegart Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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by Angelo M. Codevilla Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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by Charles Calomiris, Allan H. Meltzer Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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by Michael Spence, David Brady Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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by Edward Paul Lazear Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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by Charles Blahous Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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by Morris P. Fiorina Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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by Peter Berkowitz Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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by Jowei Chen, Jonathan Rodden Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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by Thomas Donnelly Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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by Chester E. Finn Jr. Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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by Michael J. Petrilli Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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by Paul E. Peterson Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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by Fouad Ajami Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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by Russell A. Berman Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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by Bruce Thornton Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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by Walter Russell Mead Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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by Victor Davis Hanson Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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by Henry I. Miller Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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by Carson Bruno Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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by John B. Taylor Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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by Edward Paul Lazear Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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by Michael J. Boskin Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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by Russell Roberts Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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by Peter M. Robinson Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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by Victor Davis Hanson Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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by George H. Nash Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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by Clifton B. Parker Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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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.

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.

Pluralism 101

by Michael McConnellvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 20, 2020

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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