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The Marshall Plan

by Peter J. Duignan, Lewis H. Gannvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

An essay by Hoover fellows Peter Duignan and the late Lewis H. Gann on the fiftieth anniversary of "the greatest voluntary transfer of resources from one country to another."

Supply-Side Politics

by Thomas Sowellvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

If you want to understand politics, argues Hoover fellow Thomas Sowell, look at the supply side--the kinds of people who make politics their career. It's the candidates, stupid.

Stanford Students, Meet the Hoover Archives

by Elena Danielsonvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

The Hoover Institution recently presented an exhibit with a twist. The exhibit: A selection of British posters from Hoover's world-famous poster collection. The twist: The exhibit was curated by Stanford undergraduates. Archivist Elena S. Danielson explains.

Judge Robert P. Patterson

The Man Who Mobilized America

by Keith Eilervia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

At the outbreak of World War II, the United States found itself with a weak, outmoded military and a civilian population utterly unprepared for the shock of total war. Serving as undersecretary of war, Judge Robert P. Patterson mobilized the nation. An appreciation by Keith E. Eiler.

A Black Man Confronts Africa

by Thomas Sowellvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

Hoover fellow Thomas Sowell examines a new book, Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa. The book is honest, Sowell finds, a quality that by itself is enough to render the volume "almost shocking."

Ronald Reagan in Berlin

Tearing Down That Wall

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

In 1987, President Reagan stood before the Berlin Wall and addressed a challenge to the general secretary of the Soviet Union: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this Wall!" Ten years later, Hoover fellow Peter Robinson, who drafted the historic address, tells how the speech came about.

Illustration by David Ridley

States' Rights--and Wrongs

by Barry R. Weingast, John Ferejohnvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

Republicans on Capitol Hill say they're determined to shove power out of Washington and back to the states. Hoover fellows John A. Ferejohn and Barry R. Weingast examine the issue, arguing that there are both right ways and wrong ways to restore power to the states.

George F. Will

George F. Will Tours the Scene

by George F. Willvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 1997

At the Hoover Institution's dinner for its Board of Overseers this past summer, the columnist and television commentator George F. Will discussed the political scene. A tour d'horizon that is also a tour de force.

Why Freedom Must Be First

by Tibor R. Machanvia Analysis
Tuesday, October 14, 1997

Despite repeated criticisms, the political ideal of individual rights--to life, liberty, and property--is very relevant in our time. Although officially affirmed only a couple of centuries ago, the idea has ancient roots and continues to deserve support. It is morally sound and makes possible the most peaceful and prosperous community life for human beings anywhere.

Yet the view that government ought first and foremost protect our right to freedom is under constant attack, belittlement, and ridicule among many intellectuals, politicians, and the even members of the general population. Despite the miserable failure of collectivist alternatives, many still cling to the vain hope that some version of collectivism--communitarianism, market socialism, economic democracy, and so on--will solve all our problems.

This essay argues against this misplaced hope and suggests that it is more promising for us to work out the implications of the individualist alternative than to stick to utopian collectivist dreams. Indeed, this is borne out by the fact that many who attack individualism seem to need to distort it first to make their attack carry some measure of plausibility. But such a tactic is duplicitous and should be resisted.

The Ten Causes of the Reagan Boom: 1982-1997

by Martin Andersonvia Analysis
Wednesday, October 1, 1997

In the United States the fifteen-year economic expansion that began in 1982, now called "the long boom" by economists, is the greatest economic boom in history--and it is still going.

Ten major factors that caused that boom are

  1. The vanished threat of nuclear war
  2. The spread of capitalism
  3. Easy taxes
  4. The computer revolution
  5. Control of government spending
  6. Deregulation
  7. Stable monetary policy
  8. Steady economic policy
  9. The U.S. capital base
  10. The superiority of the U.S. economy


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.