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 Vol. 176, December

A Swerve Too Far
A Swerve Too Far STEPHEN GREENBLATT. The Swerve: How the World Became Modern. W.W. NORTON AND COMPANY. 356 PAGES. $16.95. STEPHEN GREENBLATT'S The Swerve: How the World Became Modern attracted me for a number of reasons. First, I live in the...
Deregulation, Italian Style
Deregulation, Italian Style LUIGI ZINGALES. A Capitalism for the People: Recapturing the Lost Genius of American Prosperity. BASIC BOOKS. 2.87 PAGES. $2.7.99. WHEN MILTON Friedman retired from the University of Chicago in 1977, I feared the school...
Law and Ethics for Robot Soldiers
A LETHAL SENTRY ROBOT designed for perimeter protection, able to detect shapes and motions, and combined with computational technologies to analyze and differentiate enemy threats from friendly or innocuous objects--and shoot at the hostiles. A drone...
Misreading Leo Strauss
ACCORDING TO WILLIAM ALTMAN'S The German Stranger, Leo Strauss concocted a "radical critique of liberal democracy" that is a "synthesis" of the thought of Carl Schmitt and Martin Heidegger, "two cowardly, utterly repulsive, and lapel pin-wearing Nazi...
"No Exit" Strategy
EXIT STRATEGIES ARE back in vogue. The Afghanistan campaign has not gone terribly well in the past several years and a deadline--of sorts--for withdrawal has been set for the mission in 2014. In the case of Iraq, the Obama administration declared that...
Obama's Foreign Policy
Obama's Foreign Policy JAMES MANN. The Obamians: The Struggle Inside the White House to Redefine American Power. VIKING. 416 PAGES. $26.95. DAVID E. SANGER. Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power. CROWN....
The Contradictions of Pain Therapy
SEVERAL YEARS AGO I asked a leader in the Maryland pain community what percentage of Marylanders had enough chronic pain to deserve medical therapy. He replied matter-of-factly, "One hundred percent." I thought he was joking, but e quickly explained...
The Harm in Hate Speech Laws
The Harm in Hate Speech Laws JEREMY WALDRON. The Harm in Hate Speech. HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS. 304 PAGES. $2.6.95. IN THE HARM IN Hate Speech, New York University Professor Jeremy Waldron sets out to defend hate speech laws (or "group defamation...
The Liberalism of Edmund Burke
FEUDING AMONG AMERICAN conservatives for the title True Conservative is nothing new. Ever since conservatism in America crystallized as a recognizable school in the 195os, more than a few limited-government conservatives, or libertarians as they have...
The Politics of Tax Reform
THE U.S. FEDERAL tax code is in desperate need of reform. In this year's presidential election, both Republican nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama made corporate tax reform an issue in the campaigns, and it was one issue on which the candidates...
Zhukov: The Soviet General
Zhukov: The Soviet General GEOFFREY ROBERTS. Stalin's General: The Life of Georgy Zhukov. RANDOM HOUSE. 400 PAGES. $30. SOVIET MARSHALS were known or their fondness for outsize hats and a chest load of decorations, and on this point of military...