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The Message

by Bertrand M. Patenaudevia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

The Hoover Institution was born from a telegram: in it, the future president announced he wanted to collect material that might explain—even prevent—war. Since then, the work of the institution has grown ever more urgent.

Where Are Today’s “Better Angels”?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

What carved the deep divisions in American society—and what might close them?

There’s Room to Grow

by Edward Paul Lazearvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

The economy appears to be approaching full employment—without approaching limits on its ability to keep expanding. We’re going well, in a word, but not overdoing it.

It’s Real Growth— Not a Sugar High

by Edward Prescott, Lee Ohanianvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

The economic gains of recent years are real, and smart policies deserve the credit. What would help even more? Slashing the barriers to trade.

The China Syndrome

by Michael Spencevia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

No matter how the trade tensions between the United States and China finally play out, don’t expect a return to any orderly status quo.

Running on Empty

by Charles Blahousvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

The Social Security shortfall has been mounting for years, and soon it will pass the point of no return. We need either a radical overhaul or a new source of funds.

Left Behind

by Shelby Steelevia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

Leftists arrogated to themselves moral superiority—and with it, power. But now that racism has faded, they lack an enemy.

Potemkin Politicians

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

“New socialists” face the same impossible task as the old ones: to construct a functioning society on completely false premises.

Teach Your Children Well

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

Schools teach young Americans about their heritage of freedom. Those lessons must include the failures of socialism.

Land of Freedom

by Gary D. Libecapvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

Private property has always held a central place in American law and government.

Ready, Set, Diverge

by Michael J. Petrillivia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

The journey to college or career should start much earlier than the final years of high school—and include a realistic appraisal of students’ skills and interests.

Better Pay for Better Teachers

by Lee Ohanianvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

Who really stands in the way of higher pay for teachers? Teachers’ unions.

The Curse of the Cross-Subsidies

by John H. Cochrane via Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019
Today we subsidize health care for those who can’t pay and overcharge the rest. A free market in health care would do neither.

Lean, Healthy Coverage

by Scott W. Atlasvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

Short-term, streamlined health policies are a boon for consumers. More Americans should be allowed to choose them.

Don’t Rock the Vote

by David Davenportvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

Why the voting age is plenty low enough already.

A Case for Ridicule

by Bruce Thorntonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

Reason is wasted on the unreasonable.

Make the Outdoors Great Again

by Terry Andersonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

Our national parks need capital, not stingy congressional handouts. Modest increases in entrance fees—and perhaps sponsorships?—could provide the money they need without adding to the federal debt.

Wisdom in Nationalism

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

Israel has long sought both a distinctively Jewish identity and modern nationhood. Wise leadership can enable it to achieve each.

Distrust, but Keep Talking

by Ralph Petersvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

US-Russian relations are hardly doomed to an eternal deep freeze, but Vladimir Putin will keep them on ice as long as he’s around.

Mao’s Road to Serfdom

by Russell Roberts interview with Frank Diköttervia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

Mao Zedong’s ambition to outshine Stalin led to waves of starvation, a grotesque and unworkable economy, and war against his own people. Hoover fellow Frank Dikötter on the Great Leap Forward, which was neither great nor forward.

The Ghost of Weimar?

by Josef Joffevia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

Germany today possesses peace, prosperity, democracy—and episodic violence like that which led to the rise of the Nazis. A report from the heart of Europe.

“The Problem Is Sovereignty”

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

Will Britain really leave the European Union, as Prime Minister Theresa May has promised? And if it does, what then? Lawmaker Daniel Hannan explains.

Trade, Britannia

by Michael R. Auslinvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

Brexit-bound Britain thinks it can strike its own trade deal with China. Such deals never come cheap.

Fables of the Unequal Outcome

by Peter M. Robinson interview with Thomas Sowellvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

Economic outcomes often differ greatly among individuals, groups, institutions and nations. Why? Because of unfair and unjust discrimination? Usually not. Hoover fellow Thomas Sowell on his new book.

“Slick, Seamless, and Popular”

interview with Markos Kounalakisvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

As foreign powers manipulate international journalism, Hoover fellow Markos Kounalakis looks for ways to distinguish news from propaganda.

Lost in Space

by Bill Whalenvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

Former governor Jerry Brown shot for the stars. He should have aimed for Market Street.

New World Order, We Hardly Knew Ye

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

President Trump didn’t kill the postwar order. He just buried the corpse.

First Her Voice, then Her Vote

by Julie Zeilinger interview with Elizabeth Cobbsvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

Hoover fellow Elizabeth Cobbs tells the story of the “Hello Girls,” the pioneering female soldiers who handled communications on the Western Front during the First World War. Their service helped convince Americans that women deserved a seat at the political table.

“Herr Himmler’s Agents”

by Benedetta Carnaghivia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

In 1941, a former minister and his “Friends of Democracy” began telling everyone who would listen that Hitler was out to subjugate not only Europe but America as well. A document in the Hoover Archives shows how Leon M. Birkhead tried to ferret out Nazi sympathizers and spies, while sounding prescient warnings of atrocities to come.

Saddam’s Realm of Secrets

by Melissa De Witte interview with Lisa Blaydesvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

Stanford scholar Lisa Blaydes used the Hoover Archives to examine the way ordinary Iraqis resisted the regime with an unusual weapon: rumors.

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Contending Populisms

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

Populist movements can either check political hubris—or make it worse.

The Original “Great Game”

by Stephen Kotkinvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

Duels between hegemons are as old as history itself. The nations wrestling over the fate of the world in our own time: China and the United States.

Entitlements: What We Must Do

by John F. Coganvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

For some seven decades, entitlement programs have grown almost continuously—and yet, even now, it may not be too late to bring them under control. Adapted from Hoover fellow John F. Cogan’s Hayek Prize lecture.

Timeless Values

by Bill Whalen interview with Thomas W. Gilliganvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

Director Thomas W. Gilligan looks ahead to the Hoover Institution’s centenary and to another century of defending America’s core values.

On the Cover

via Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

On November 11, 1918, the guns fell silent on the Western Front, bringing the Great War to a close. This French war-bonds poster from late in the war, with its soldier and ragged banner, hints at the conflict’s gargantuan trail of destruction.

Revolution Comes to Stanford

by Bertrand M. Patenaudevia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

Remembering Alexander Kerensky: leader of the short-lived Russian Provisional Government that ruled between the czar and the Bolsheviks, he spent his later years at Stanford, hoping for “the resurrection of liberty in my land.”

Marx’s Moldering Manifesto

by Russell A. Bermanvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

Karl Marx didn’t free the proletariat or anyone else.

The Invisible California

by Bruce Thorntonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

The coastal elites ignore the Central Valley—yet force it to abide by their decisions. A portrait of California’s own “flyover country.”

Sunny Delusion

by Lee Ohanianvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

California recently enacted a law requiring solar roofs on all new homes. Wasteful and pointless, the measure will damage the state’s economy while doing nothing about climate change.

The Jung and the Restless

by Russell Robertsvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

Psychologist and author Jordan Peterson spurns the pursuit of happiness, encourages the pursuit of Jungian archetypes, and lays claim to the modern soul.

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