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How World Communism Worked—and Failed

via Hoover Digest
Monday, January 30, 2006

Far from liberating the masses, communism introduced oppression on a scale that defies comprehension. The sorry tale of world communism, as seen in the documents of the Hoover Archives. By Robert Service.

Hayek in War and Peace

by Kurt R. Leubevia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 30, 2006

Austria’s proud intellectual tradition suffered an enormous blow from Nazism and World War II. Kurt T. Leube on the postwar efforts of Friedrich von Hayek to revive that tradition, especially in economics.

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Noam Chomsky, Closet Capitalist

by Peter Schweizervia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 30, 2006

Chomsky talks an anti-capitalist game, but what does he practice? Market economics at their most profitable. By Peter Schweizer.

Economic Policy

Waves of Criticism: Debates over Bank Sales to Foreigners and Neo-Liberal Economic Policy

by Barry Naughtonvia China Leadership Monitor
Monday, January 30, 2006

Financial reform policies have moved ahead rapidly in the last year. At the same time, a mood of disillusionment within Chinese society has been seized upon by critics of reform. General criticisms of "neo-liberal" policies worldwide have fed into specific criticisms of the practice of selling shares in state-owned banks to foreign financial institutions. Vigorous debate has been joined, but thus far, the debate has had limited impact on economic policymaking, which is still dominated by technocrats. However, the official sponsorship of such "leftist" critiques has contributed to increased tension in Chinese leadership politics generally.

Party Affairs

More Already on Politburo Procedures under Hu Jintao

by Alice L. Millervia China Leadership Monitor
Monday, January 30, 2006

A recent chronicle of Deng Xiaoping's political life after 1975 discloses previously restricted information about scores of meetings of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) top decision-making bodies, the Politburo and its Standing Committee. These data provide a more reliable baseline than has been previously available against which to assess the long-term evolution of the party Politburo in the post–Mao Zedong era and, together with continuing PRC media coverage of current sessions of the party Politburo, analyze its present-day procedures. This article complements and extends analysis, published in previous issues of the China Leadership Monitor, of Politburo operations since 2002 under the CCP's present top leader, General Secretary Hu Jintao.

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Keith Eiler, Officer and Gentleman

by Tom Bethellvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 30, 2006

The virtues of a quiet hero. By Tom Bethell.

On the Indispensability of Think Tanks

by John Raisianvia Hoover Digest
Monday, January 30, 2006

Gather intellectuals, add funding for research, and mix thoroughly—good ideas are bound to result. John Raisian on the vital role of the modern think tank.

Liberal Reform in an Illiberal Regime

Liberal Reform in an Illiberal Regime: The Creation of Private Property in Russia, 1906–1915

by Stephen F. Williamsvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Sunday, January 1, 2006

An examination of property rights reforms in Russia before the revolution reveals the advantages and pitfalls of liberal democracy in action—from a government that could be described as neither liberal nor democratic. The author analyzes whether truly liberal reform can be effectively established from above versus from the bottom up—or whether it is simply a product of exceptional historical circumstances.

On the Disposal of Dictators

by Victor Matusvia Policy Review
Thursday, December 1, 2005

The problem of the tyrant’s corpse

What Is “Cruel and Unusual”?

by Benjamin Wittesvia Policy Review
Thursday, December 1, 2005

Eighth Amendment jurisprudence is a train wreck


Military History Working Group

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.