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Reasonable Disagreements: From Marshall To Mueller

interview with Richard A. Epstein, Adam J. Whitevia Reasonable Disagreements
Thursday, December 13, 2018

America’s Constitution and its greatest chief justice, John Marshall.

Herbert Hoover’s Travels to Finland

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

In 1938, Finland had a lot to celebrate. Independence had been declared two decades earlier. It was also the 300th anniversary of the establishment of the first Swedish / Finnish colony in Delaware. These events were excellent reasons to invite former US president Herbert Hoover to visit in March of 1938.

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Analysis and Commentary

Life After Liberation

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Foreign Affairs
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

[Subscription Required] Welcome to the Wild East. First, there are Bulgarian Gypsies with dancing bears. Then there is a Polish village whose inhabitants dress up as Hobbits from The Lord of the Rings, along with Gandalf, played by a woman, and Gollum—in private life a farmer who receives European Union subsidies. There are hundreds of thousands of communist-era bunkers in Albania, some of them now being demolished by men in search of rebar. 

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What The New Congress Can Learn From Aristotle

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The swearing in of the 116th Congress next month returns divided government to Washington. A Democratic-controlled House coupled with a fortified Republican Senate majority is likely to exacerbate the rancor and vitriol that have suffused national politics since long before Donald Trump’s theatrical announcement in the summer of 2015 that he was running for president.

Analysis and Commentary

A Missive From Harvey Mansfield

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Harvard Magazine
Monday, December 10, 2018

Kenan Professor of Government Harvey Mansfield wrote to this magazine in late November to share a story about the belated, posthumous publication of a dissertation he supervised 44 years ago—that of Delba Winthrop, Ph.D. ’74, who later became his wife. She takes up book three of Aristotle's Politics, on the subject of democracy, and the balance of the whole versus the parts, so fundamental to self-governance in a democratic society. A conference honoring the book takes place today at the Hoover Institution in Washington, D.C.

Analysis and Commentary

Who Read What In 2018: Politics And Policy

by George P. Shultzvia The Wall Street Journal
Monday, December 10, 2018

[Subscription Required] Doris Kearns Goodwin has given us numerous books that stimulate the mind and inspire our imagination. Her latest, “Leadership: In Turbulent Times,” is no exception.

Analysis and Commentary

When It Comes To Politics: Nothing Works

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, December 10, 2018

Back in the 1970s, the joke was that run-down Glasgow was Disneyland. “Aye, because this disnae work, and that disnae work. . . . ” Well, we all live in Disnaeland now.

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson | The Classical Tradition

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia HuffDuffer
Monday, December 10, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson explains the classical tradition, its importance to the development of western civilization, as well as why it is being forgotten and trodden upon today.

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Peter Berkowitz On Locke, Liberty, And Liberalism

by Russell Roberts interview with Peter Berkowitzvia EconTalk
Monday, December 10, 2018

Peter Berkowitz of Stanford University's Hoover Institution talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the origins of liberalism and the importance of John Locke. Berkowitz defends the liberal project of individual rights and liberty and argues that critics of Locke mischaracterize his thought. 

In the News

A Cold War Arms Treaty Is Unraveling. But The Problem Is Much Bigger.

quoting George P. Shultzvia WRAL
Sunday, December 9, 2018

After the United States delivered an ultimatum to Russia last week that it was preparing to abandon a landmark weapons treaty, drawing a combative response from President Vladimir Putin, the specter of a rekindled nuclear arms race was widely seen as a rewind of the Cold War.

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The Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict examines how knowledge of past military operations can influence contemporary public policy decisions concerning current conflicts.