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Never a Matter of Indifference: Sustaining Virtue in a Free Republic

Never a Matter of Indifference: Sustaining Virtue in a Free Republic

by Peter Berkowitzvia Hoover Institution Press
Monday, October 27, 2003

The contributors reveal how public policy in the United States has weakened the institutions of civil society that play a critical role in forming and sustaining the qualities of mind and character crucial to democratic self-government. The authors show what can be done, consistent with the principles of a free society, to establish a healthier relationship between public policy and character.

The Economics of Forced Labor: The Soviet Gulag

The Economics of Forced Labor: The Soviet Gulag

by Paul R. Gregory, Valery Lazarevvia Hoover Institution Press
Wednesday, October 22, 2003

"This is a collection of studies that elucidate the internal mechanisms of the Gulag-system, making use of Soviet archival materials. Books like this one make important contributions to the great agenda of explaining Stalinism in practice." —Klaus Segbers, professor for political science, Institute for East European Studies, Department of Political Science, Free University of Berlin

Pride and Resentment

by Robert Howsevia Policy Review
Wednesday, October 1, 2003

Robert Howse on L’Obsession anti-américaine: Son fonctionnement, ses causes, ses inconséquences (The Anti-American Obsession: How It Operates, Its Causes, and Its Lack of Consequence) by Jean-François Revel

Fearless Sidney Hook

by Thomas J. Mainvia Policy Review
Friday, August 1, 2003

Thomas Main on Towards the Understanding of Karl Marx: A Revolutionary Interpretation and The Essential Essays: Sidney Hook on Pragmatism, Democracy and Freedom by Sidney Hook

Foreign Policy Immaculately Conceived

by Adam Garfinklevia Policy Review
Friday, August 1, 2003

Hindsight is not necessarily 20/20

From Citizen to Consumer

by Elizabeth Arensvia Policy Review
Friday, August 1, 2003

Elizabeth Arens on A Consumers’ Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America by Lizabeth Cohen

The Liberal Spirit in America

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Friday, August 1, 2003

Balancing the claims of freedom and equality

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The Happy Cold Warrior

by David Brooksvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Arnold Beichman at 90. A celebration by Hoover media fellow David Brooks.

Political Reform

China's Response to SARS

by Joseph Fewsmithvia China Leadership Monitor
Wednesday, July 30, 2003

A month after severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) moved from a medical crisis—albeit one unacknowledged as such by the Chinese authorities—to a political crisis, it has become apparent that the disease will have a significant impact on China's political system, though one that is likely to be long-term rather than immediate. Although some have argued that SARS will be "China's Chernobyl," leading to far-reaching political change and perhaps democratization, others have maintained that the political system will simply absorb the impact and not change. Both judgments appear wide of the mark. Much more likely is that SARS will set off a variety of forces which the government will try to control, but which are going to be increasingly difficult to contain. It is still too early to draw strong conclusions about the impact of the SARS crisis, but some tentative conjectures about both elite politics and the longer-range implications can be hazarded.

Military Affairs

Reduced Budgets, the "Two Centers," and Other Mysteries of the 2003 National People's Congress

by James Mulvenonvia China Leadership Monitor
Wednesday, July 30, 2003

As explored in my submission to CLM 3, the National People's Congress (NPC) meetings, particularly the publicized People's Liberation Army (PLA) delegate discussion sessions, are a consistently useful barometer of the state of party-army relations. This article examines the makeup of the military delegation, outlines the issues highlighted in PLA leaders' speeches and delegates' comments, and analyzes the announced defense budget. Special attention is paid to an article in Liberation Army Daily by Wang Wenjie, particularly a cryptic comment made by a PLA delegate about the problems posed by "two centers," which some analysts took as a criticism of the divided leadership of Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin.


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.