Do enemy combatants in the war on terror have any legal rights? The United States now holds more than 650 persons captured during the war on terrorism at our naval base in Guantanamo, Cuba. The government is holding them indefinitely, without charging them and without offering them access to American courts or legal counsel. Is this legal? Do federal courts have jurisdiction in this matter, or do these detainees exist completely outside of the American legal system?
To improve schools, reward excellence
Our society continues to assign considerable value to higher education and, for the most part, desires to have it in the reach of deserving students. Differences arise, however, over the definition of deserving and who should pay for that education. When limited financial resources are available from government as well as from the private sector, student financial aid resources must be used efficiently. The congressional elections of 1994 and 1996 seem to indicate that the majority of the electorate desires to downsize big government, with its bureaucracy and red tape, and to bring decisions on policy and resource utilization closer to the affected populations and the taxpayers who must finance them.
The model presented in this essay seeks to assign to the three sources of student financial aid--the federal government, state governments, and the institutional and private sector--responsibility for helping to fund specific college costs that students and their parents cannot pay. The roles stipulated in the model for federal and state government adhere to the provisions of the United States Constitution. More than $50 billion is awarded each year in student financial aid; $35 billion of that comes from the federal treasury so federal programs receive particular attention.
Reducing the multiplicity of federal student aid programs will certainly be challenged by those who fear that their largesse from Washington will diminish. Resistance to the changes proposed in this essay can be expected, including the argument that these programs have worked well over time and simply need more funding to make them even better. This essay presents what it is hoped are compelling reasons for reengineering all student financial aid now. The changes will bring about greater effectiveness, efficiency, and equity.
No Child Left Behind needs some work
More than 140 years after Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species, his theory of evolution is still generating controversy. Although Darwinism is championed by the majority of the scientific community, some have claimed that Darwin's theory is bad science and have put forward their own, even more controversial theories. What should we make of these arguments? Is one such theory, known as Intelligent Design, merely creationism by another name, or is it a legitimate scientific alternative to Darwinism?
Yuval Levin lay out the importance of institutions—from the military to churches, from families to schools—as these institutions provide the forms and structures we need to be free.
This is our third conversation with Hong Kong entrepreneur and freedom fighter, Jimmy Lai in less than a year. During that time, Lai has been arrested twice, his family and his employees and colleagues have been harassed and in some cases forced to leave Hong Kong, and Lai himself has been incarcerated.
How the first global conflict was fought and won.
Part 1: How Stalin transformed the USSR in profound and enduring ways.
What’s next for the United Kingdom as they exit the European Union?
What’s Next for the United Kingdom as They Exit the European Union?
This paper will ruminate in a highly preliminary way on the possibility of change in Russian governance as a result of disruptions in technology. No such momentous changes are on the horizon at the moment. That said, history moves in surprising ways, and unintended consequences are the norm. Technological disruption, too, usually brings change in unforeseen directions. Whatever happens, it will not happen the precise way we might anticipate.
KORET TASK FORCE ON K–12 EDUCATION
Coinciding with the semiannual meeting of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, a host of print and on-line media descended on the Hoover Institution to meet with members of the Task Force and to question them on their first joint publication, A Primer on America's Schools (Hoover Press, 2001). At a September 20, 2001, press briefing, Hoover fellow Terry M. Moe, who edited the book, explained that the book's goal is to cut through the complexities, unwarranted assumptions, and unfounded assertions surrounding education reform and to convey the basic facts that people need to know about important policy questions facing education today. During the press briefing, members of the Koret Task Force addressed prominent topics in the national education debate, including choice and accountability, the opposition by teachers unions to reform movements, and the possibilities for real change in the future.
How to resist the weapon’s spread
Different perspectives yield different conclusions.