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Analysis and Commentary

Peering Down The Memory Hole: Censorship, Digitization, And The Fragility Of Our Knowledge Base

by Glenn Tiffertvia The American Historical Review
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Technological and economic forces are radically restructuring our ecosystem of knowledge, and opening our information space increasingly to forms of digital disruption and manipulation that are scalable, difficult to detect, and corrosive of the trust upon which vigorous scholarship and liberal democratic practice depend. Using an illustrative case from China, this article shows how a determined actor can exploit those vulnerabilities to tamper dynamically with the historical record.


A Message To All Professional Thinkers — We Either Hang Together Or We Hang Separately

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, April 15, 2019

Seventy years ago this month, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was established to protect Western Europe and the freedoms of its inhabitants from the threat of Soviet communism. It has become clear to me that we now need a similar organization to protect Western intellectuals from a growing threat to academic freedom.

Analysis and Commentary

Jill Lepore On Nationalism, Populism, And The State Of America

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, April 15, 2019

Historian and author Jill Lepore talks about nationalism, populism, and the state of America with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Lepore argues that we need a new Americanism, a common story we share and tell ourselves. Along the way, topics in the conversation include populism, the rise of globalization, and the challenge of knowing what is true and what is false in the internet era.


The Theory Behind My Disinvitation

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, April 14, 2019

If the purpose of speech is to get the better of one’s opponent, why not do it via censorship instead?


Shelby Steele On The Ricochet Podcast: Event Horizon (12:33)

interview with Shelby Steelevia Ricochet
Friday, April 12, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Shelby Steele discusses reparations.

In the News

Friday Evening Links

quoting Thomas Sowellvia AEI
Friday, April 12, 2019

Black leaders have a vested interest in black dependency — on them and on the government that they can try to influence. We have now reached the point where virtually everything that serves black “leaders” — dependency, grievance-hunting, racial hype and paranoia — are major disservices to the cause of advancing blacks, at a time when their opportunities have never been better.


John Yoo: Barr Will Get To Bottom Of If Spying On Trump Campaign Was Justified

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Friday, April 12, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo says the question isn't about the term 'spying' vs. 'surveillance,' it's about why it was done to the Trump campaign and administration.

In the News

Friday Short Cuts

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia The Patriot Post
Friday, April 12, 2019
Food for thought: “When everybody is a white nationalist, nobody is.” —Victor Davis Hanson
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The Legacy Of Firing Line With William F. Buckley Jr.

via The Hoover Centennial
Friday, April 12, 2019

The show that proved civil discourse could be entertaining and educational on television.

In the News

First Amendment Experts Split On What Julian Assange Indictment Means For Journalists

quoting Michael McConnellvia SF Gate
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Word of the forthcoming indictment of Julian Assange sent shudders through many journalists and their advocates. If the founder of WikiLeaks could be prosecuted for publishing government secrets, what about the New York Times, or The Chronicle?


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