Alexander Hamilton, the first secretary of the treasury, may today be better known for his death in a duel with Aaron Burr, than for the role he played as a founder of the nascent United States. His vision of a federal, mercantile nation was in opposition to Thomas Jefferson's vision of an agrarian society. Who won this battle of ideas and why? Just what is the enduring legacy of Alexander Hamilton? Peter Robinson speaks with Ron Chernow.
Hoover Institution fellow Peter Robinson joins a panel discussion titled "Tear Down This Wall a Discussion and Remembrance."
Hoover Institution fellow Peter Robinson discusses President Reagan, the GOP, and the American Presidency.
Hoover Institution fellow Peter Robinson on Common Knowledge, what Robinson already knows.
Hoover Institution fellow Peter Robinson discusses 1989, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the lessons from that fateful year.
Peter Robinson, former Reagan speechwriter, who wrote the Tear Down That Wall Speech on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. . . .
Hoover Institution fellow Peter Robinson discusses America’s journey from tearing down a wall to talk of building one on the country’s southern border.
Hoover Institution fellow Peter Robinson talks about celebrating the 30th anniversary of the history-making Brandenburg Gate speech where against advice from the White House, State Department, and Germans, President Reagan called on General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall!”
Hoover Institution fellow Peter Robinson talks about President Reagan’s June 12, 1987 “Tear Down This Wall” speech on its 30th anniversary.
Hoover Institution fellow Peter Robinson talks about a president's use of the "bully pulpit" to persuade, console, encourage, and inspire.
Hoover Institution fellow Peter Robinson discusses crafting what would become one of the world’s most famous presidential speeches.
Presidential communication in this age of shock tweets and nonstop news cycles.
On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan stood before the Brandenburg Gate in a divided Berlin and said: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Just over two years later, the Berlin Wall fell.
Peter Thiel, cofounder of PayPal and Palantir, discusses his essay “The Straussian Moment,” describing how the ancients believed in the power of the intellect and the weakness of the will, but how today we believe the opposite. We want machines to do the thinking, because we don’t trust rationality. Also, Thiel gives his overview on the current American political scene and discusses whether he will endorse President Trump in 2020.
In this Uncommon Knowledge interview from November 24, 2008, Thiel argues that a book published in France in 1968, Le Defi Americain (The American Challenge), has a lot to say to us in 2008, including why the United States has failed to rise to the heights predicted by its author, J. J. Servan-Schreiber. In explaining what’s wrong with the US economy, Thiel points out that, although we have benefited from growth that is both extensive (e.g., free trade) and intensive (e.g., technology), we have not featured enough of each. He asserts that the credit crisis of 2008 had nothing to do with the failings of the free market but rather is a by-product of government entanglement, nurtured by the motors of economic growth, working less well than expected. (38:56)
How do we prevent war? How do we maintain peace? These questions have been posed by nations and people throughout history. The insights of historian and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Victor Davis Hanson guide this documentary investigation of the United States’ successful deterrence of enemy aggression in the past and the efforts to sustain it in an era of rogue nations and nuclear proliferation.
Hybrid conservatives are becoming the dominant species. By Peter Berkowitz.
What happens when South Korean students take a close look at American democracy. By Peter Berkowitz.
What sustains the conservative agenda? What makes it distinctive and coherent? In a word, principle. By Peter Berkowitz.