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Alan Greenspan, Education Reformer

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 2004

What the guru of the American economy can teach us about improving our schools. By Hoover fellow Chester E. Finn Jr.

The Great Outsourcing Scare of 2004

by Russell Robertsvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 2004

Outsourcing doesn’t mean the end of the American economy. It means growth. By Hoover fellow Russell Roberts.

Why Vouchers Will Enrich Public Schools

by Terry M. Moevia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 2004

Voucher programs would starve public schools of funding. True or false? Hoover fellow Terry M. Moe.

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The New Age of Space Exploration

by Jeremi Surivia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 2004

Exploring the next frontier. By Hoover national fellow Jeremi Suri.

Defining Social Welfare—and Achieving It

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 2004

Whether you define social welfare as wealth, health, or happiness, you’ll discover that it’s best achieved by way of property rights and limited government. By Hoover fellow Richard Epstein.

Preserving the Reagan Legacy

by James C. Miller IIIvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 2004

In an era of cynicism, Ronald Reagan can still teach us much. By Hoover fellow James C. Miller III.

Foreign Policy

Of Successors, Memories, and Guidance: Qian Qichen Defines His Legacy

by Robert L. Suettingervia China Leadership Monitor
Friday, April 30, 2004

In advance of the 16th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party in November 2002, some observers of China wondered who would succeed China's éminence grise in foreign affairs, Politburo member and Vice Premier Qian Qichen, who was obligated to retire. Although he lacked the stature or political clout of Zhou Enlai or Chen Yi—foreign ministers in the 1950s and 1960s—Qian was credited with having been the principal architect of China's emergence from diplomatic isolation and disrepute in the wake of the 1989 disturbances and violent crackdown in Tiananmen Square. His low-key but dignified and professional management of China's principal foreign relations during the 1990s won him promotion to the State Council in 1991, to a vice premiership in 1993, and to the Politburo in 1998. Qian's quiet grace and unflappable mastery of China's diplomacy won him many admirers in the West, as well. Analysis of Beijing's present foreign policy leadership and the prominence given to his recent memoir on his years guiding China's foreign policy suggest that Qian retains significant influence.

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The Last Dictator

by Tod Lindbergvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 2004

In Europe today, there is still one dictator left. It’s time for him to go. By Hoover fellow Tod Lindberg.

Political Reform

Continuing Pressures on Social Order

by Joseph Fewsmithvia China Leadership Monitor
Friday, April 30, 2004

The recently published edition of the Blue Book of Chinese Society, an annual survey of social problems and attitudes published by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), gives ample evidence that social problems continue to worsen even as the new government focuses more attention on the plight of those left behind in China's struggle for economic growth and modernization. There are positive signs as well. Overall, incomes are up (according to official statistics); the middle class, depending on how one defines it, is growing; and most people continue to expect incomes to grow. Moreover, the government is increasing the resources it expends on social welfare. Nevertheless, a host of problems challenges China's new leadership, including income inequality, labor disturbances, rural disorder, and corruption. But the most difficult issue remains jobs. China's booming economy just does not create enough jobs relative to overall growth or the needs of the society. Thus, social order appears to be a long-term political problem for China.

A Changed World

by George P. Shultzvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 2004

“I cannot emphasize too strongly the danger we are facing. We are engaged in a long and bitter war. Yet this is a war we cannot—and will not—lose.” By Hoover fellow George P. Shultz.