Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace

mailing address:
Hoover Institution
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-6010
www-hoover.stanford.edu

Established:1919 by Herbert Hoover
Director: John Raisian
Finances: $25 million annual budget, $250 million endowment


Employees: approximately 250
Media: Uncommon Knowledge, a weekly half-hour television program on public policy carried on NPR and PBS.
Publications: Policy Review (bimonthly), Hoover Digest (quarterly), Education Next (quarterly), Hoover Institution newsletter (weekly), as well as the Hoover Press, which publishes works by many of Hoover Institution's fellows.

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About Hoover:

  • Hoover is well-known for its prominent influence over national Republican policy.
  • Named for founder Herbert Hoover, the Hoover Institution is "a prominent center devoted to interdisciplinary scholarship and advanced research in the social sciences with an emphasis on public policy relevance. The Institution houses one of the world's largest private archives and libraries on political, economic, and social change in the 20th century and has more that 100 researchers consisting of both resident fellows and visiting scholars from throughout the world."
  • Three Primary Programmatic Themes: American Institutions and Economic Performance, Democracy Free Markets, and International Rivalries and Global Cooperation
  • Hoover's approach to some of these areas is described as: "Societies based on individualism rather than classes, thus confronting the issues of race, gender, ethnicity, and so forth;" and "The appropriate scope of government's involvement in areas such as education, health care, and the environment as it provides public services and regulates private enterprise."
  • Some of Hoover's major issues: education reform that centers around private school vouchers and charter schools, dismantling affirmative action, privatization of social services, "flat tax" and other tax reduction schemes, deregulation of industry, Reagan's policy legacy, and "character education."

Hoover's Activities:

  • Hoover is well-known for its influential role in developing President Bush's economic policy, the Hoover Institution is "the…conservative think tank President Bush looks to for ideas."
  • Forging strong ties between right-wing ideologues, right-wing think tanks and right-wing policy makers; many of its scholars have worked for various Republican Presidential Administrations— Nixon, Ford, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and the current President W. Bush.
  • Currently there are 8 Hoover fellows on the Defense policy board advising Defense Secretary Rumsfeld.
  • California Gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwartzenegger hired several Hoover Institution members as consultants for his 2003 election campaign.
  • Hoover publishes and funds research and public policy by its own scholars and fellows.

Hoover's Scholars and the White House: Bush (former and present), Reagan, Nixon, and Ford

Organized by Presidential Administration Affiliation

President George W. Bush's Administration:

  • Condoleezza Rice, Assistant to President George W. Bush for National Security Affairs, served as a Hoover senior fellow 1991- 1993, corporate board member for Chevron, the Hewlett Foundation, and Charles Schwab.
  • John F. Cogan, economic advisor to President George W. Bush, appointed by President Bush to serve on a bipartisan commission on Social Security reform in 2001.
  • Williamson M. Evers, education policy advisor to George W. Bush, appointed to White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, appointed by Secretary of Education Paige to National Educational Research Policy and Priorities Board, research fellow at Independent Institute; formerly served on California State Commission for the Establishment of Academic Content and Performance Standards, editor-in-chief of Cato Institute's Inquiry Magazine.
  • Kiron K. Skinner, member of Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld's Defense Policy Board.

President George H.W. Bush's Administration:

  • Peter M. Robinson, edits Hoover Digest and hosts Hoover's television program, "Uncommon Knowledge." Former Vice President George Bush's chief speechwriter, special assistant and speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan, worked for Rupurt Murdoch (owner of Fox Television); Robinson authored the "tear down this wall!" Berlin Wall address by President Reagan.
  • John B. Taylor, undersecretary for international affairs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury under President G.W. Bush.
  • Bill Whalen, published in Washington Times, National Review Online, Insight Magazine (Washington Times publication), and RightTurns.com. Former speechwriter for the 1992 Bush-Quayle election campaign.
  • Diane Ravitch, former assistant secretary for educational research and improvement and as a counselor to the U.S. Department of Education under President George H.W. Bush, www.dianeravitch.com, member of the board for the New America Foundation.

President Reagan's Administration:

  • Ronald Reagan is a Hoover Institution Honorary Fellow.
  • Robert Bork, Reagan judicial nominee to Supreme Court.
  • John H. Bunzel, former commissioner of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission during the Reagan Administration, author of "Anti-Politics in America; New Force on the Left."
  • Milton Friedman, senior research fellow since 1977, recipient of the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize, member of President Ronald Reagan's Economic Policy Advisory Board, "informal" economic advisor for several presidential campaigns: Barry Goldwater, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan.
  • Robert E. Hall, advised several government agencies on national economic policy, Justice Department, the Treasury Department, and the Federal Reserve Board during Reagan Administration. Hall co-authored an early Wall Street Journal article on "The Flat Tax" in 1981.
  • Ed Meese, former attorney general of the United States under President Reagan, distinguished fellow at the Heritage Foundation.
  • Paul Craig Roberts, syndicated columnist, former Fellow at the Cato Institute, former editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal, served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy under President Reagan.
  • Peter M. Robinson, edits Hoover Digest and hosts Hoover's television program, "Uncommon Knowledge." Former Vice President George Bush's chief speechwriter, special assistant and speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan, worked for Rupurt Murdoch (owner of Fox Television); Robinson authored the "Tear down this wall!" Berlin Wall address by President Reagan.
  • George P. Schultz, Secretary of State under President Reagan, chairman of President Ronald Reagan's Economic Policy Advisory Board, worked for President Nixon as Secretary of Labor.

President Nixon's Administration:

  • Richard T. Burress, joined Hoover in 1973. Formerly: assistant to President Ford, deputy counsel to President Richard Nixon, member of the Reagan for President Committee, staff director of the Republican Policy Committee, minority counsel of the House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor, deputy assistant general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, and special agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, assistant to the chairman of the Republican National Convention, assistant to the permanent chairman of the Republican National Convention.
  • Milton Friedman, senior research fellow since 1977, recipient of the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize, member of President Ronald Reagan's Economic Policy Advisory Board, "informal" economic advisor for several presidential campaigns: Barry Goldwater, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan.
  • George P. Schultz, Secretary of State under President Reagan, chairman of President Ronald Reagan's Economic Policy Advisory Board, worked for President Nixon as Secretary of Labor.

President Ford's Administration:

  • Richard T. Burress, joined Hoover in 1973. Formerly: assistant to President Ford, deputy counsel to President Richard Nixon, member of the Reagan for President Committee, staff director of the Republican Policy Committee, minority counsel of the House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor, deputy assistant general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, and special agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, assistant to the chairman of the Republican National Convention, assistant to the permanent chairman of the Republican National Convention.

Hoover Scholars: Right-Wing Leaders, Academics and Writers:

  • Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and "de facto leader of the Republican Party" in the mid-nineties, elected to U.S. House of Representatives in 1978.
  • Pete Wilson, former governor of California (1991-1999), former Senator, former mayor of San Diego, and former California Assemblyman.
  • Clint Bolick, co-founder of Institute for Justice
  • Peter Berkowitz, published in National Review
  • Michael J. Boskin, member of corporate board of directors for: Exxon Mobil, Oracle Corporation
  • Timothy Charles Brown, published in Wall Street Journal, Washington Times Weekly
  • Bruce Bueno De Mesquita, received grants from Scaife Foundation and Carthage Foundation
  • Dinesh D'Souza, senior domestic policy analyst during the Reagan administration, prominent right-wing writer and speaker.
  • Mary Eberstadt, published in Weekly Standard, American Spectator, Wall Street Journal, and former special assistant to Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick. Author of controversial "'Pedophilia Chic' Reconsidered" published in Weekly Standard 01/2001.
  • Chester E. Finn, Jr., president and trustee of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, National Association of Scholars boardmember, Center of the American Experiment boardmember; former senior fellow at Hudson Institute, founding partner of Edison Project, assistant secretary for research and improvement and counselor to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. Published in: Weekly Standard, the Christian Science Monitor, the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Public Interest, the Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Harvard Business Review, the American Spectator, the Boston Globe, and the New York Times. Co-author of "The Educated Child" with Reagan education secretary William J. Bennett.
  • R. Richard Geddes, former Heritage Foundation fellow, published by Cato Institute, American Enterprise Institute.
  • Marci Kanstoroom, research director at the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation.
  • Stanley Kurtz, contributing editor at National Review Online, published in Weekly Standard, Wall Street Journal.
  • Tod Lindberg, published in Weekly Standard, Washington Times columnist, Wall Street Journal.
  • Jennifer Roback Morse, founding member of the Academic Advisory Boards of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, the Institute for Justice, and the Women's Freedom Network. Published in American Enterprise, Fortune, Reason, the Wall Street Journal, and Religion and Liberty.
  • Paul Craig Roberts, syndicated columnist, former Fellow at the Cato Institute, former editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal, served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy under President Reagan.
  • Richard Sousa, senior associate director at Hoover.
  • Thomas Sowell, syndicated columnist published in over 150 newspapers.
  • Shelby Steele, author of controversial books on race relations, member of the National Association of Scholars, published in Wall Street Journal, contributing editor for Harper's.
  • Charles J. Sykes, senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute.
  • Robert Zelnick, Emmy Award-winning journalist, covered political and congressional affairs for ABC Morning News, World News Tonight Saturday/Sunday, and This Week. Recently published "Winning the Florida Election: How the Bush Team Fought the Battle" (Hoover Press, 2001) and "The Myth of a Stolen Election," (Wall Street Journal, July 17, 2001).

Quotes About Hoover:

Vice President Dick Cheney, Feburary 2003 Hoover Overseers Meeting:
"I do think we are off to a good start, and it is important that we have the support and enthusiastic involvement of organizations like the Hoover Institution, one of the leading think tanks and sources of ideas. Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, John Taylor, and many others have been key as we developed our campaign and policy. We want to thank you for what you have done for us and ask you to be a part of the debate during the next few years."

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, February 2003, Hoover Overseers Meeting:
"I'm delighted to be able to be here. I just came out of a meeting with the president with Mitch Daniels, who I understand is going to be here soon. And I saw Karl Rove over there, who I guess is going to be one of your panelists or something later today. They're all friends of Hoover and recognize that this institution is surely one of the — America's great centers of learning."

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