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A Holiday for Freedom

by Arnold Beichmanvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

To commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, President George W. Bush this past autumn issued a proclamation naming November 9 "World Freedom Day." Where did the president get such a splendid idea? From Hoover fellow Arnold Beichman, who first proposed it in the Washington Times on November 9, 1991, two years after the historic events in Germany, and then advanced it tirelessly until the occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue heard him. Herewith an excerpt from Arnold Beichman’s original column, followed by the text of the proclamation issued by the president.

SIDEBAR: World Freedom Day Proclamation.

The Return of the Bully Pulpit

by Bill Whalenvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

In George W. Bush’s White House, might we actually have a president who means what he says? By Hoover fellow Bill Whalen.

The Media and September 11

by Lee Edwardsvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002
Analysis and Commentary

School Reform: Stay the Course

by Diane Ravitchvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, January 28, 2002

The state bet that students could meet high expectations, and it backed up its bet with serious new funding and excellent tests.

THE RED AND THE BLUE: The Cultural and Political Divide in America

with Michael Barone, Ruy Teixeiravia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, January 22, 2002

Is America a divided nation? Sharp regional voting patterns were evident in the 2000 presidential election: rural, Midwestern, and southern voters went for Bush; urban and coastal voters went for Gore. These regional voting patterns have led some to describe America as one nation with two cultures. Is this an accurate way of looking at American society? Or is America divided along economic rather than cultural lines? Just how fundamental are these differences, and what impact will they have on the American political landscape?

EDUCATING BY NUMBERS: Standards, Testing, and Accountability in Education

with Williamson M. Evers, Elliot Eisnervia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, January 9, 2002

Will standards-based testing and accountability improve our nation's education system? In January 2002, President Bush signed into law the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2002. The act calls for a mandatory annual test in reading and math for every child in the nation in the third through eighth grades. Schools that fail to improve their students' scores may be held accountable, possibly losing some federal funding. Supporters of the act say that standards-based testing and accountability are the best ways to monitor and improve the nation's schools. Opponents say that such a regime is largely a political ploy that will do more harm than good. Who's right?

Liberty and Hard Cases

Liberty and Hard Cases

by Tibor R. Machanvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Tuesday, January 1, 2002

This volume explores whether government action is in face indispensable in the face of natural calamities—earthquakes, floods, and the like—and what might be done to restrain the expansion of the scope of governmental power if emergency circumstances warrant intervention.

The California Electricity Crisis

The California Electricity Crisis

by James L. Sweeneyvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Tuesday, January 1, 2002

California's electric power: from opportunity through crisis to blight.

Liberty and Research and Development: Science Funding in a Free Society

Liberty and Research and Development: Science Funding in a Free Society

by Tibor R. Machanvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Tuesday, January 1, 2002

The contributors to this volume explore the implications of government funding of scientific research and offer alternatives to the heavy reliance on government support that research and development (R&D) currently enjoys.

Analysis and Commentary

The Press and the War

by Robert Zelnickvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, December 3, 2001

If the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon are not acts of evil criminality, then is anything criminal in Mr. Westin's world?

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