Peter Berkowitz on The Roads to Modernity: The British, French, and American Enlightments by Gertrude Himmelfarb
Peter Berkowitz on Revolutionary Characters: What Made The Founders Different by Gordon Wood
Hoover fellow Edward Teller became a central figure in President Reagan's effort to develop a defense against ballistic missiles-the Strategic Defense Initiative, or, as it was quickly nicknamed, Star Wars. Recently, some in Congress have once again begun to urge the deployment of a space-based missile defense. Teller is right back in the middle of the controversy.
We present a brief appreciation of Teller by Hoover media fellow Edward Neilan. Then we present an interview with Teller himself, who talks with Hoover fellow Peter Robinson.
Author of Life After Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy, George Gilder on the future of technology.
"If you don't want to be forgotten," Benjamin Franklin wrote in Poor Richard's Almanac, "do something worth the writing, or write something worth the reading." Rose and Milton Friedman decided to do both, leading extraordinary lives, then composing their memoirs, on which they are now working. Here they pause from the hard labor of writing to talk with Hoover fellow Peter Robinson about their early years.
Professor Robert Bates explores with Hoover senior fellow Peter Duignan the harsh reality of failed and failing states in Africa after independence. Bates outlines some of the key policy failures at work during the transition from colonial rule and explains how more recent democratization efforts have typically resulted in highly authoritarian and abusive regimes. Despite the risks associated with foreign aid, there is hope that the economic and political climate of Africa can improve with new funding strategies and free trade initiatives.
Why Peter Thiel thinks we should rethink the doctrine of American exceptionalism.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a confirmation hearing for the US ambassador to Russia nominee Michael McFaul, the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor of political science at Stanford University. He talked about the status of US-Russia relations, missile defense, arms reduction agreements, and trade relations.
Peter Robinson, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and from 1983 to 1988 a special assistant and speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan, discusses the story behind what many have called the four most important words of Ronald Reagan's Presidency and the battle to keep those words, “tear down this wall,” in Reagan’s June 1987 speech.
Richard Epstein, the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the John and Jean De Nault Task Force on Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity, discusses why the Arab Spring turned dark and how popular democracy, free speech, and property rights can succeed in the Middle East.
Richard Epstein, the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, discusses the rule of law and how it applies to alleged Boston bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev.
This week on Uncommon Knowledge columnist James Delingpole discusses, with Hoover research fellow Peter Robinson, the European Union, the Green movement, and socialized medicine. (47:41)
David Berlinski, a mathematician, philosopher, and biologist, discusses the current state of the scientific community, the theories of Darwinism, and the science behind global warming on Uncommon Knowledge. Peter Robinson gets a sneak peek at his new book, The Best of Times, on the history and perplexities of the twentieth century. Berlinski is also author of The Devil’s Delusion, The Deniable Darwin, and The King of Infinite Space: Euclid and His Elements.
Michael McFaul, the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, a professor of political science at Stanford, and director and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, discusses Putin and his worldview, and how to contain him.
The huge impact of the COVID-19 virus on the US and world economies.
Hoover fellow Robert Zelnick, who coached David Frost for his storied broadcast bout with Richard Nixon, shares his glimpse of "the unleashed Nixon." By Caleb Daniloff.
Reflections on “the greatest practitioner of democratic statesmanship that America and the world have yet produced.” By Dinesh D’Souza.
Why Abraham Lincoln matters—even now. By Shelby Steele.
“History . . . is a test of mankind,” says Rene Girard, and “mankind is failing that test.” . . .