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A System Gone Bad

by Daniel P. Kesslervia Hoover Digest
Sunday, January 30, 2000

America’s liability laws are completely irrational—for everyone but trial lawyers. Hoover fellow Daniel Kessler on ways to restore the system to at least a modicum of sanity.

The Quest for Cosmic Justice

by Thomas Sowellvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, January 30, 2000

If we could create the universe from scratch, we’d all make sure that no one ever suffered misfortunes or disadvantages. The problem is that we don’t get to create the universe from scratch. Hoover fellow Thomas Sowell argues that the quest for cosmic justice is ultimately at odds with the administration of true justice.

The War America Lost

by Joseph D. McNamaravia Hoover Digest
Sunday, January 30, 2000

The war on drugs hasn’t just failed to reduce drug use, it has actually made matters worse. Hoover fellow Joseph D. McNamara on why we should call the drug war off.

An Electrifying Proposal

by Lawrence J. McQuillanvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, January 30, 2000

Deregulation has made airline travel, telephone service, and natural gas much cheaper for consumers. So why not dismantle another set of monopolies—electric utilities? By Hoover fellow Lawrence J. McQuillan.

To America's Health: A Proposal to Reform the Food and Drug Administration

by Henry I. Millervia Books by Hoover Fellows
Saturday, January 1, 2000

A government monopoly over drug regulation is not sacrosanct. This hard-hitting book describes the current regulation of drugs by the FDA and proposes a model for fundamental, yet workable, reform—including an innovative proposal for drug testing and certification review.

The Case for Supermajority Rules

by John O. McGinnis, Michael B. Rappaportvia Policy Review
Wednesday, December 1, 1999

This century ends, as it began, with extraordinary ferment about the soundness of our constitutional structures. In a series of recent decisions, the Supreme Court has appeared to revive doctrines of federalism and carve out spheres of autonomy for the states. In Congress, each house gave majority support to serious constitutional amendments setting term limits, requiring balanced budgets, and limiting tax increases. In fact, the Balanced Budget Amendment came within one vote of being sent to the states for ratification. Congress has also passed rules to restructure the federal legislative process. In an attempt to promote accountability and protect the autonomy of the states, both houses have required separate votes on unfunded mandates. The House of Representatives has passed a rule requiring a three-fifths majority to raise income tax rates.

How to Police the Police

by Joseph D. McNamaravia Hoover Digest
Saturday, October 30, 1999

Do aggressive police tactics reduce crime in our largest cities? Despite what you may have heard, Hoover fellow Joseph D. McNamara argues, they don’t. An urban myth exposed.

Silverado Creek: A Tragedy of the Commons

by Tibor R. Machanvia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 30, 1999

Why private property rights are good for the environment. By Hoover fellow Tibor R. Machan.

The Dangerous Federalization of Crime

by Edwin Meese IIIvia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 30, 1999

Federal crimes used to be limited to matters that truly involved the whole nation, such as treason and counterfeiting. But lately the federal government has been amending its criminal statutes to take over more and more criminal prosecution from the states. Hoover fellow Edwin Meese III on an especially pernicious form of federal aggrandizement.

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Monopoly Politics

by James C. Miller IIIvia Hoover Institution Press
Monday, July 19, 1999

Miller shows that, as in commercial markets, victims of monopoly power in politics pay higher prices and get less in return. He details how political markets resist being organized competitively and thus not performing as well as commercial markets, and explains how this lack of competition is caused by political incumbents rigging political markets to protect themselves.

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