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New Thoughts about Fidel

by William Ratliffvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, January 30, 1999

Three former secretaries of state, including Hoover fellow George P. Shultz, recently called for a commission to rethink American policy toward Cuba. Hoover fellow William Ratliff greets the idea with three cheers—and a first order of business: lifting the embargo.

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The High Cost of Castro

by Peter Brimelowvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, July 30, 1998

How much have Fidel Castro’s economic policies cost the people of Cuba? Hoover media fellow Peter Brimelow reviews the numbers. It might be time to offer the world’s worst manager a golden handshake to retire to Spain.

Another Country

by Michael Baronevia Hoover Digest
Thursday, July 30, 1998

Hoover media fellow Michael Barone first visited Argentina a dozen years ago. When he returned recently, he discovered that he was in another country—one that free markets had transformed.

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The Man Who Made Evita Famous

by William Ratliffvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, April 30, 1998

While his wife sang "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" (well, at least she sang it in the movie), Juan Perón ran the country, becoming one of the most important figures in the history of Latin America. Where is the best collection of materials on Perón? (Hint: It's not Buenos Aires.) Hoover fellow William Ratliff, the curator of the Americas Collection, provides a tour of one of Hoover's most fascinating holdings.

Il Papa and El Jefe

by William Ratliffvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, April 30, 1998

In one of the more astonishing encounters of the post–Cold War era, the unrepentantly communist Fidel Castro invited the immovably anticommunist John Paul II to Cuba. Did the pope's visit have any effect? Hoover fellow William Ratliff offers an assessment.

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Free Trade Helps, Not Hurts, Social Programs

by Melvyn B. Kraussvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, April 30, 1998

Opponents argued that the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, would start a "race to the bottom," forcing the United States to lower its environmental standards to equal those in Mexico and forcing Canada to lower its welfare payments to equal those in the United States. Four years later, Hoover fellow Melvyn Krauss notes that neither race ever got started.

What Should Be Done

by William Ratliffvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 30, 1998

Throughout Latin America, free market reforms are in peril. Hoover fellow William Ratliff explains how reformers can nevertheless prevail--and why they must.

What Latin America Owes to the "Chicago Boys"

by Gary S. Beckervia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

Economists educated at the University of Chicago have for some two decades been putting free market reforms into effect in Chile, Argentina, and other Latin American countries. One of their teachers, Nobel Prize–winner and Hoover fellow Gary S. Becker, examines the results. What does he find? Dictatorships that have been turned into democracies and economic stagnation that has been transformed into growth.

Ten Tests for Latin Democracy

by Larry Diamondvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

Latin America has seen one authoritarian regime after another replaced by democratic institutions during the last decade and a half. Hoover fellow Larry Diamond nevertheless argues that Latin American democracy remains shallow and unstable--and he presents ten challenges that Latin American democracies must yet overcome.

Lead or Move Over

by William Ratliffvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

Hoover fellow William Ratliff argues that President Clinton's interest in Latin America has proved wayward at best. If the president were serious about the region, here's what he would do.

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