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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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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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2014 No. 2

by Charles Calomiris, Stephen Haber Monday, April 21, 2014
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by Richard A. Epstein Monday, April 21, 2014
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by Michael J. Boskin Monday, April 21, 2014
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by Gary S. Becker Monday, April 21, 2014
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by John B. Taylor Monday, April 21, 2014
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by Lee Ohanian Monday, April 21, 2014
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by David R. Henderson Monday, April 21, 2014
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by Edward Paul Lazear Monday, April 21, 2014
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by George P. Shultz, Scott W. Atlas, John F. Cogan Monday, April 21, 2014
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by John H. Cochrane Monday, April 21, 2014
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by David Davenport, Gordon Lloyd Monday, April 21, 2014
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by Amy Zegart, Marshall Erwin Monday, April 21, 2014
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by Michael J. Petrilli, Amber M. Northern Monday, April 21, 2014
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by Eric Hanushek Monday, April 21, 2014
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by Nancy Hass Monday, April 21, 2014
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by Gary S. Becker Monday, April 21, 2014
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by Josef Joffe Monday, April 21, 2014
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by Victor Davis Hanson Monday, April 21, 2014
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by Tai-Chun Kuo, William Ratliff Monday, April 21, 2014
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by Adam Bosiacki Monday, April 21, 2014
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by Peter Berkowitz Monday, April 21, 2014
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by Fouad Ajami Monday, April 21, 2014
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by Peter R. Mansoor Monday, April 21, 2014
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by Bruce Thornton Monday, April 21, 2014
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by Lanhee J. Chen Monday, April 21, 2014
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by Peter M. Robinson
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by William Damon Monday, April 21, 2014
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by Mark Harrison Monday, April 21, 2014
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by Maciej Siekierski Monday, April 21, 2014
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by Bertrand M. Patenaude Monday, April 21, 2014
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by George H. Nash Monday, April 21, 2014
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The Mayor of Tech Territory

by Markos Kounalakisvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

Cyberspace is often compared to the Wild West—but eventually the West was won and the frontier tamed. It’s time for our virtual villages to get civilized.

Guardians and Gatekeepers

by Ralph Petersvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

Every fresh form of communication adds to propaganda’s toolkit, but computers have unleashed profound new powers of disinformation. Tech titans need to insist on a transparent, open Internet.

Turning over a New (Organic) Leaf

by Henry I. Miller, John Cohrssenvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

Bioengineered crops help farmers and feed increasing numbers of people, but the organic industry still rejects them. New organic labels could, and should, make room for science.

Diesel Duplicity

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018
In the name of climate change, European policy makers “nudged” millions of drivers into diesel-powered cars, swapping hypothetical hazards for very real harm.

Searching for Higher Ground

by Terry Andersonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

The market, not regulations, will teach us how to manage rising seas and temperatures.

You Could Google It

by Richard Sousa, Nicolas Petitvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018
Economic analysis makes it clear: the efforts to break up big tech companies just don’t compute.

Health Care Fables

by Charles L. Hooper, David R. Hendersonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

Health care reform is hard but not impossible. We can start by discarding three myths.

Savings for All

by Scott W. Atlasvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

Health savings accounts already drive down the cost of health care. Now we should offer them to everyone.

Anthony Kennedy’s Principles

by Jack Goldsmithvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

The departure of the “swing justice” was significant indeed.

Baking Bad

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

Half-baked reasoning in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case left the most important question unanswered: How far does freedom of expression extend?

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