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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.

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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.

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A Philatelic Flaw

by Andrew Robertsvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Royal Mail in Britain is often held up as an example of meticulous accuracy and research, but not this month when it got its military history so disastrously wrong as to announce a new stamp purportedly showing Allied soldiers wading ashore in Normandy on D-Day when in fact the photo depicted an unopposed landing in Dutch New Guinea.

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In the News

Hoover Institution To Undergo Renovations; New Building To Be Constructed

featuring Hoover Institutionvia The Stanford Daily
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Over the next three years, the Hoover Institution will replace the Lou Henry Hoover building, renovate the exhibition space in Hoover Tower and add more storage for library materials. The new building will be called the George Shultz Fellows Building in honor of George Shultz, the former secretary of state and a Hoover Fellow. It will include offices for Hoover Fellows as well as a new digital lab which can convert physical materials from the Hoover collections into virtual images.

Analysis and Commentary

The Causes Of The Detroit Riot

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, January 21, 2019

On this day that commemorates the birthday of the late Martin Luther King, Jr., one of my favorite bloggers, Timothy Taylor, aka the Conversable Economist, revisits the Kerner Commission Report of 1968 that examined the causes of the racial riots. I don’t claim to know all the causes of all the riots, but I do think that much of the commentary on the Kerner Commission’s report has missed some key facts in the report about the causes of the Detroit riot. That’s understandable because the Kerner Commission, despite reporting these facts, seemed to have missed their significance also.

In the News

Backroads: World War I Story Continues On Stage And Screen

quoting Elizabeth Cobbsvia TDT News
Sunday, January 20, 2019

In 1918, a Killeen woman wrote to the Temple Daily Telegram. Listing her name only as “Wantogo,” she asked how she could go to France to assist in soldiers serving during World War I. The Temple Daily Telegram editor replied, “The only paths open to girls for actual war service are as telephone operator or nurse, and she must have special qualifications in either case. To become a telephone operator with the signal corps, she must be able to speak French fluently …”

In the News

A Betrayal Of Martin Luther King

quoting Thomas Sowellvia The Hill
Sunday, January 20, 2019

At this time of year we celebrate the birth and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., for his commitment and sacrifice, and that of countless others who risked all for civil rights victories. But Dr. King, who would have celebrated his 90th birthday on Jan. 15, likely would roll over in his grave if he knew how his legacy has been commandeered by progressives who purport to act in his name while advancing a toxic racial rhetoric that paints blacks as perpetual victims of slavery, Jim Crow and institutional racism, incapable of their own uplift.

Analysis and Commentary

A Hinge In History?

by Larry Diamondvia The American Interest
Friday, January 18, 2019

We live in perilous times. A domestic constitutional crisis that looks ever-more likely would unfold in a global context of profound turbulence and instability.

In the News

Preservationists Continue Fight With City Over Obama Presidential Library

quoting Richard A. Epsteinvia Block Club Chicago
Friday, January 18, 2019

In the latest move to persuade the city and the Park District to reconsider their request to modify the design of the Obama Presidential Library site, Preservation Chicago and Jackson Park Watch filed a “friends of the courts” brief Tuesday.

Autobiography & Memoir

Jean Hanoteau, ed., Memoirs of General de Caulaincourt, Duke of Vicenza (1935)

by Andrew Robertsvia Classics of Military History
Monday, January 21, 2019

Armand Augustin Louis de Caulaincourt, Duke of Vicenza and Master of the Horse to Napoleon, came from an ancient Picardy family and was the son of a general. He was a sixteen-year-old soldier when the French Revolution broke out, but survived despite his noble background. He saw active service under General Hoche, but was recognized as being well-suited to diplomacy, and was sent on a mission to St Petersburg in 1801 by the French foreign minister, Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand, before becoming one of Napoleon’s aides-camps. 

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