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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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2013 No. 2

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by Edward Prescott, Lee Ohanian Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Edward Paul Lazear Friday, April 26, 2013
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by David R. Henderson Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Gary S. Becker Friday, April 26, 2013
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by John H. Cochrane Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Michael J. Boskin Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Scott W. Atlas Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Daniel P. Kessler Friday, April 26, 2013
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by David Davenport Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Peter Berkowitz Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Richard A. Epstein Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Larry Diamond Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Fouad Ajami Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Amy Zegart Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Thomas H. Henriksen Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Charles Hill Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Jeb Bush, Clint Bolick Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Chester E. Finn Jr. Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Victor Davis Hanson Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Antonin Scalia, Peter M. Robinson Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Gary S. Becker, Kevin M. Murphy Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Niall Ferguson Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Sidney D. Drell, Lori Ann White Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Peter J. Duignan, Robert Hessen Friday, April 26, 2013
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by Hsiao-ting Lin Friday, April 26, 2013
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2013 No. 1

by John H. Cochrane Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Richard A. Epstein Friday, January 25, 2013
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by David Koitz Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Scott W. Atlas Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Daniel P. Kessler Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Yuri Yarim-Agaev Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Richard A. Epstein Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Fouad Ajami Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Rod Cooper, Richard A. Epstein, Stephen Haber Friday, January 25, 2013
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by John E. Chubb Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Terry M. Moe Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Chester E. Finn Jr. Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Gabriella Blum Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Shane Harris Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Amy Zegart Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Norman M. Naimark Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smith Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Gary S. Becker Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Terry Anderson Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Thomas Sowell, Peter M. Robinson Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Charles Hill, Rob Pollock Friday, January 25, 2013
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by David Davenport Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Victor Davis Hanson Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Harvey C. Mansfield Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Niall Ferguson Friday, January 25, 2013
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by Erwin H. Epstein Friday, January 25, 2013
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Friday, October 26, 2012

2012 No. 4

by Morris P. Fiorina Friday, October 26, 2012
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by James W. Ceaser Friday, October 26, 2012
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by Richard A. Epstein Friday, October 26, 2012
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by Michael McConnell Friday, October 26, 2012
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by Michael J. Boskin Friday, October 26, 2012
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by Gary S. Becker Friday, October 26, 2012
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by Edward Paul Lazear Friday, October 26, 2012
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by Scott W. Atlas Friday, October 26, 2012
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by Henry I. Miller Friday, October 26, 2012
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by Gary S. Becker Friday, October 26, 2012
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by Kenneth Anderson Friday, October 26, 2012
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by Henry R. Nau Friday, October 26, 2012
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by Paul E. Peterson, William G. Howell, Martin R. West Friday, October 26, 2012
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by Chester E. Finn Jr. Friday, October 26, 2012
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by John E. Chubb, Terry M. Moe Friday, October 26, 2012
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by Reuel Marc Gerecht Friday, October 26, 2012
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by H. R. McMaster, David Feith Friday, October 26, 2012
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2012 No. 3

by Scott W. Atlas Monday, August 13, 2012
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by Daniel P. Kessler Monday, August 13, 2012
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by John F. Cogan, R. Glenn Hubbard, Daniel P. Kessler Monday, August 13, 2012
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by Samuel J. Abrams, Morris P. Fiorina Monday, August 13, 2012
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by Clint Bolick Monday, August 13, 2012
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by Amy Zegart Monday, August 13, 2012
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by Michael J. Boskin Monday, August 13, 2012
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by Richard A. Epstein Thursday, August 9, 2012
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by Condoleezza Rice, Joel Klein Monday, August 13, 2012
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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.

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.

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