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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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by Peter M. Robinson interview with General Jim Mattisvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

Defense Secretary James Mattis, a former Hoover fellow, on running the Pentagon: “You go in, roll up your sleeves, and go to work.”

Cutting Out the Middle Kingdom

by Miles Maochun Yuvia Hoover Digest
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Whatever comes of the Trump administration’s negotiations with Kim Jong Un, China can no longer dominate North Korea’s relations with the United States.

Two Roads

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Why did Japan and China take such divergent paths into the modern world?

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Seventy years ago in Tokyo, Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu stood accused of “waging aggressive war.” His documents and sketches enhance a Hoover collection that gives historians a seat in that courtroom.

A Window on the Soviet Breakup

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It was the biggest purge, and the last, in post- Stalin Russia. The “Cotton Affair” was a tale of corruption and frustrated power that preoccupied the dying Soviet Union and presaged its end.

Making Countries Great Again

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What made America great in the first place, and what threatens that greatness today.

Never Cry “Islamophobia”

by Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Hoover Digest
Monday, July 9, 2018

Societies learn and grow when they question, challenge—even offend. Islamists are pressuring free people to give up their most basic rights.

Speaking Freely

by Bruce Thorntonvia Hoover Digest
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Lose free speech, and lose our political freedom too.

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