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Friedman Fundamentals

The Growth Of Freedom

by Milton Friedmanvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

A reason for optimism: freedom has been on the rise for two centuries.

Lessons From The Hoover Policy Boot Camp

Latinos, Immigrants, And Elections

by David L. Lealvia PolicyEd
Thursday, May 6, 2021

David Leal explains how the Latino segment of the US electorate fits into the political landscape.


The Truth About Stimulus Checks

by John B. Taylor, John F. Coganvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Stimulus checks add billions to the federal debt that must be paid back eventually, often offsetting their effectiveness.

Policy Briefs

H. R. McMaster Advises On How To Overcome Strategic Narcissism

by H. R. McMastervia PolicyEd
Thursday, April 29, 2021

H. R. McMaster defines strategic narcissism in foreign affairs and presents the tools we need to overcome it.

UnArchived: Lessons From the Past

The Problem With Wage And Price Controls: Lessons From The 1970s

by John B. Taylorvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Artificially manipulating prices in order to solve political problems only leads to detrimental shortages, job losses, and other economic hardships.

Policy Insights

Capitalism Vs. Socialism

featuring Edward Paul Lazear, Lee Ohanian, Joshua D. Rauh, John F. Cogan, Daniel Heil, Terry Anderson, Scott W. Atlas, Russell A. Bermanvia PolicyEd
Thursday, April 22, 2021

Over the last century countries have experimented with variations on both capitalism and socialsm. So how do socialism, capitalism, and their many variants compare?

The Human Prosperity Project

Why Political Freedom And Prosperity Go Hand In Hand

by Larry Diamondvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Socialism’s disastrous history shows us that political and economic freedom is the foundation for enduringly successful nations.

Office Hours

How Dangerous Are Cyberattacks? Office Hours With Jackie Schneider

by Jacquelyn Schneidervia PolicyEd
Thursday, April 15, 2021

Hoover Fellow Jackie Schneider follows up on your questions about the danger of cyberattacks from her PolicyEd video.


Why Testing And Accountability Matter In K–12 Education

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via PolicyEd
Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Improvements to transparency and accountability can help schools recover from the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Friedman Fundamentals

Federal Drug Policy: A Constant Failure

by Milton Friedmanvia PolicyEd
Thursday, April 8, 2021

The federal drug policy has continued to fail yet the policies remain unchanged.


Educating Americans about Public Policy

The digital media revolution has transformed the way people obtain information and form opinions. Countless partisan outlets peddle assertions and “sound bites” as indisputable facts. Few people have the knowledge and analytical skills to navigate this torrent of misinformation. They crave credible and accessible sources of facts, analysis, and information about proposed policies and the effects of those already enacted.

The Hoover Institution

Since its founding nearly 100 years ago, Stanford University’s Hoover Institution has sought to promote economic opportunity and prosperity, secure peace, and improve the human condition. Unique among policy research organizations, Hoover is part of a world-renowned university. In addition to being scholars, our fellows are educators.

Seeking to become the foremost source of policy knowledge, wisdom, and insights, we have launched the Mary Jo and Dick Kovacevich Initiative at the Hoover Institution, Educating Americans in Public Policy. The initiative seeks to:

  • Equip Americans with accurate facts and information, as well as a discerning analytical perspective, so they can better perform their civic duties, hold their elected leaders accountable, and “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”
  • Provide political leaders with reliable knowledge and analysis—tools with which they might assess alternatives in the shaping and execution of public policy.

This effort will build on our legacy of substantive policy inquiry where partisan advocacy has become the norm.

The Hoover Institution acknowledges significant gifts in support of its Education Americans in Public Policy initiative from the following generous and committed family foundations and individuals:

    Mary Jo and Dick Kovacevich Family Foundation
    S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
    Kurt and Julie Hauser
    E.A. and Suzanne Maas
    Frank and Mona Mapel