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Varieties of Progressivism in America

Varieties of Progressivism in America

by Peter Berkowitzvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Thursday, January 1, 2004

The contributors to this volume examine the past, present, and future of progressivism in America from different perspectives and with different expertise. What is the future of progressivism in America in an increasingly unfriendly political climate? How can progressives increase opportunity in America and make social and political life more inclusive and equal?

Varieties of Conservatism in America

Varieties of Conservatism in America

by Peter Berkowitzvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Thursday, January 1, 2004

TA distinctive group of professional contributors examine the questions that divide conservatives today and reveal the variety of answer put forward by classical conservatives, libertarians, and neoconservatives. They each bring a distinctive voice to bear, reinforcing that conservatism in America represents a family of opinions and ideas rather than a rigid doctrine or set creed.

Analysis and Commentary

Future Recalls Require Further Reform

by Bill Whalenvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, November 10, 2003

If recall does go national, it should reflect populist sentiment, not partisan desires.

BUSH ALMIGHTY: Two Views of George W. Bush

with John Podhoretz, Ron Reaganvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, October 27, 2003

Admirers and critics have two diametrically opposed views of President George W. Bush. The admirers see a compassionate conservative at home and defender of the nation against terrorism and rogue states abroad. Critics see a radical conservative at home who led the nation into a destructive and unnecessary war abroad. Why do conservatives and liberals so often seem to be describing two different men when discussing President George W. Bush? Is it possible to find any common ground on which view of President Bush is closer to the truth?

JUDGING THE JUDGES: The Judicial Appointments Process

with Clint Bolick, Jesse Chopervia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, August 26, 2003

In his first term, President George W. Bush has had difficulty getting his nominees to the federal courts of appeal confirmed by the Senate. The Democrats have taken the almost unprecedented step of threatening filibusters to prevent floor votes on certain nominees. Has the judicial appointments process become the latest victim of bitter partisan politics? Or has the judiciary brought this state of affairs on itself by advancing a doctrine of judicial supremacy, leaving the executive and legislative branches no choice but to resort to political litmus tests for nominees? What does this situation bode for the next Supreme Court nomination? And what, if anything, should be done to reform the process?

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The Press Goes to War

by Jeffrey C. Blissvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Embedding reporters in military units reduced the “cynicism, general distrust, and enmity” that had marked relations between the Pentagon and the press for three decades. Hoover associate director Jeffrey C. Bliss on the first new approach to relations between the military and the media since Vietnam.SIDEBAR: Journalists and War

POWER TO THE PEOPLE: The California Recall and Direct Democracy

with Thomas Cronin, Peter Schrag, Robert Sternvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, July 30, 2003

On October 7, 2003, Californians go to the polls to vote in a historic election. They will decide whether to recall Governor Gray Davis and replace him with someone else. Davis is only the second governor in U.S. history to face a recall election. Is the California recall in the best interests of its citizens? Or is this recall election an example of direct democracy gone awry? And what long-term effects will this recall campaign have on politics at both the state and national levels?

PLAYING HARDBALL WITH SOFT MONEY: Is Campaign Finance Reform Constitutional?

with Richard Hasen, Bradley Smithvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, July 30, 2003

In March 2002, President Bush signed into law the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, better known as the McCain-Feingold Bill. The law bans political contributions known as "soft money"—that is, money from corporations, unions, and other organizations given to political parties for "party-building activities," thereby skirting campaign contribution limits. The Supreme Court has now taken up McCain-Feingold and will determine whether all or parts of the act will be upheld or overturned. Are soft money bans legal? Or do such campaign finance restrictions infringe on freedom of speech? Just how should the Court decide?

IN DEFENSE OF LIBERALISM: American Liberalism in the Twenty-first Century

with David M. Kennedy, George McGovernvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Fifty years ago, critic Lionel Trilling declared that "in the United States at this time, liberalism is not only the dominant but even the sole intellectual tradition." Today, however, even most Democrats avoid calling themselves liberal. What happened to the liberal tradition in the second half of the twentieth century? What does liberalism stand for at the beginning of the twenty-first century? Can liberals reclaim their once-dominant position in American politics, or is their ideology history?

THE FIGHT ON THE RIGHT: Neoconservatives versus Paleoconservatives

with Steven Hayward, John Theodoracopulosvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, May 16, 2003

Conservative: favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change. But is the definition of a conservative changing in twentieth-century America? Today conservatives seem to be divided into two groups, the neoconservatives and those who view themselves as traditional conservatives—sometimes derisively called the "paleoconservatives." Are the neoconservatives, including many in the Bush administration, actually, as some charge, radicals in conservative clothing? Or have the paleoconservatives become too hidebound for their own good?