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DARWIN'S GHOST: Sociobiology and Human Behavior

with Paul Ehrlich, Jeffrey Schloss, Lionel Tigervia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, June 1, 2001

What can evolutionary science tell us about human behavior? During the past thirty years, biologists, anthropologists, and psychologists have begun applying Darwinian concepts, such as natural selection and survival of the fittest, to the study of behavior. Are social characteristics, such as aggression, love, and courtship, determined by our evolutionary past and encoded into our genes like physical attributes, such as walking upright or hair color? Are we slaves to our DNA, or does genetic determinism fail to explain fully what it means to be human?

YOU SAY YOU WANT A REPARATION: Reparations for Slavery

with Alfred Brophy, John McWhortervia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, May 21, 2001

In recent years, a movement has been calling for the United States government to pay reparations for slavery in America. What does the federal government owe the descendants of slaves in this country? Should such reparations be viewed as a gesture of recognition for past wrongs or as an attempt to actually correct those past wrongs? Would payment of reparations erase the lingering economic problems in the African American community or would they do more harm than good? And if reparations are a good idea, who should receive them, all African Americans or just those descended from slaves?

Saving Souls—and Cities

by John J. DiIulio Jr.via Hoover Digest
Monday, April 30, 2001

How much worse would our inner cities be today were it not for black churches? Much worse. By John J. DiIulio Jr., director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

A Personal Odyssey

by Thomas Sowellvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 30, 2001

In this excerpt from his new book, Hoover fellow Thomas Sowell reflects on his early years. A memoir by the man the Washington Post recently called "our most valuable public intellectual."

The Battle for Color-Blind Public Policy

by Robert Zelnickvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 30, 2001

According to Hoover media fellow Robert Zelnick, the government should end racial preferences as a matter of principle. "The ultimate political question," writes Zelnick, "is whether whites and Asians in this democracy have the same constitutional rights as blacks, Hispanics, and other favored groups."

How Can We Fix Our Public Schools? By Making Them Private

by Milton Friedmanvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 30, 2001

The widening gap between the cognitive elite and unskilled workers is threatening to transform America, in effect dividing the Republic into two nations, one in the first world, the other in the third. How can we prevent such a division? Only by providing good schools for all our children—which in turn means making our public schools private. Nobel laureate and Hoover fellow Milton Friedman explains.

E Pluribus Unum—Sooner or Later

by Michael Baronevia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 30, 2001

How race and ethnicity still affect party allegiance. By Hoover media fellow Michael Barone.

The Europeanization of the United States

by Charles Hillvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 30, 2001

Why some bad ideas simply refuse to die. By Hoover fellow Charles Hill.

School Choice: The Evidence Comes In

by Hanna Skandera, Richard Sousavia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 30, 2001

Critics of school choice have long asserted that it would lead the best and brightest students to desert public schools, confronting such schools with an even worse crisis than the one they already face. Milwaukee has had a voucher program for 10 years. The result? Milwaukee’s test scores are up—way up. By Hoover public affairs fellow Hanna Skandera and Hoover associate director Richard Sousa.


by Arnold Beichmanvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 30, 2001

Incredible but true: tales from Canada’s language wars. By Hoover fellow Arnold Beichman.


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