Policy Review

A bimonthly journal of the Hoover Institution that promotes inquiry into the American condition, American and other government and political and economic systems, and the role of the United States in the world. For the academic audience.

Articles from No. 69, Summer

Be Fruitful and Multiply: An Inner-City Pastor Turns Kids on to Math
As tough neighborhoods go, the south side of Chicago is legendary. The area is plagued by poverty and unemployment. Crime is rampant. A two-mile stretch of public housing highrises is mostly run by drug gangs. Sirens and gunfire are so commonplace...
Breaking the Congressional Lockgrip: The Case for a National Referendum
There is a crisis of confidence in national government, one that threatens to permanently cripple our republican democracy. No matter how many incumbent politicians lose to eager newcomers, the most important issues on voters' minds are either left...
By the People: The Old Values of the New Citizenship
Out of the ashes of George Bush's defeat in 1992 has come a bold new strategy for American conservatism. The strategy, called the "new citizenship," builds on the scholarship of Robert Nisbet, Michael Novak, Peter Berger, Richard John Neuhaus, and...
Capitol Gain: What Republicans Will Do If They Win the Congress
Suppose we wake up on the morning of Wednesday, November 9 this year and discover that the Republicans have won. Really won. Say, 40 seats or more in the House and seven or more in the Senate. Suppose, in otherwords, the 104th Congress of the United...
Education's Long March: The Choice Revolution Shifts to the States
After 12 years of Republican rhetoric promoting school vouchers, a Democrat - championed by the teachers' unions that regard private school choice as unmitigated evil - wins the White House. In California, a voucher initiative goes down to defeat...
Flanagan's Island: How Boys Town Rescues Troubled Teens
In the early morning hours of September 22, 1993, Amtrak passenger Michael Dopheide was awakened by the sounds of screeching brakes and someone screaming, "Oh my God, we're all going to die." Amtrak's Sunset Limited, traveling at 70 mph, had just...
Gurus of Gab: Talk Radio Stars Are Changing America
In an increasingly bureaucratic, mobile, and even unfriendly America, talk radio functions as the last neighborhood in town. We communicate, kitchen-table style, with some of all types of Americans and they with us. We are the lightning rods for anger...
In Memoriam: A Lecture on Natural Law
The literature of natural law is complex, copious, and monthly growing vaster. All I aspire to accomplish in this second lecture on "The Future of Justice" is to offer some general introduction to the subject, together with reflections on the protections...
On the Waterfront: Police Unions Are Arresting the War against Crime
President Bill Clinton has made the passage of a federal crime bill a top priority. of his agenda this year. Congress is accommodating him with sweeping new legislation that will federalize scores of crimes and use federal funds to put more police...
Public Housing Sweep Stakes: My Battle with the ACLU
In the late 1980s, the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) was the worst public housing authority in the country. Its crime rate was three times that of the city as a whole. It seemed as if public housing had a monopoly on nearly every example of inner-city...
Ready, Fire, Aim: Clinton's Left-Footed Foreign Policy
In the space of only 18 months, President Bill Clinton has squandered three precious assets in American foreign and defense policy that were bequeathed to him by Ronald Reagan and George Bush. He has destroyed the credibility of the United States...
Serfdom USA: How Far Have We Traveled Down Hayek's "Road?" (Author Friedrich Hayek's 'The Road to Serfdom')
The free world celebrates two special 50th anniversaries this year. One is of D-Day, the beginning of the end of Nazi Germany's evil empire. The other is the publication of The Road to Setfdom, by Friedrich Hayek, which warned that Britain, America...
The Saddamizaiton of Iran: Is Tehran Our Next Big Enemy?
Fifteen years after its Islamic revolution triggered a wave of anti-American violence, Iran has emerged as the chief threat to American security interests in the Middle East. Iran is following a path not unlike that of its long-time archrival, Iraq:...