Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Jude Wanniski papers
Date (inclusive): 1965-2005
Collection Number: 2008C50
Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material:
30 manuscript boxes
(12.0 linear feet)
Acquired in 2008, the Jude Wanniski papers in the Hoover Institution Archives document the career of a journalist and consultant
who, from the early 1970s until his death in 2005, sought to influence both popular opinion and the political establishment
in the United States. As an editor of the Wall Street Journal, and then as the head of his own consulting firm, Polyconomics,
Inc., Wanniski was a tireless advocate of supply-side economics, a term that he devised after becoming acquainted with the
ideas of the economists Arthur Laffer and Robert Mundell. In opposition to Keynesian doctrine, Wanniski and other supply-siders
promoted tax reductions and a reduced role for government as means of promoting capital formation and economic growth.
Hoover Institution Archives
Wanniski, Jude, 1936-
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[Identification of item], Jude Wanniski papers, 1965-2006, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.
Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2008.
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||Born, Pottstown, Pennsylvania
||Master of Arts, Journalism, University of California at Los Angeles
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Wall Street Journal
||Coins term "supply-side economics" and popularizes ideas of Arthur Laffer and Robert Mundell
The Way the World Works
||President, Polyconomics, Inc.
The Last Race of the 20th Century
Scope and Content of Collection
The Jude Wanniski papers in the Hoover Institution Archives document the career of a journalist and consultant who, from the
early 1970s until his death in 2005, sought to influence both popular opinion and the political establishment in the United
States. As an editor of the Wall Street Journal, and then as the head of his own consulting firm, Polyconomics, Inc., Wanniski
was a tireless advocate of supply-side economics, a term that he devised after becoming acquainted with the ideas of the economists
Arthur Laffer and Robert Mundell. In opposition to Keynesian doctrine, Wanniski and other supply-siders promoted tax reductions
and a reduced role for government as means of promoting capital formation and economic growth.
In 1978, Wanniski published a book on economics, The Way the World Works, that popularized these ideas and gave a supply-side
account of history. He wrote many editorials on public policy and conducted an extensive correspondence with politicians whom
he hoped would implement the ideas he championed, often functioning as an unofficial campaign adviser. Among those he advised
were Jack Kemp, Bob Dole, and Ronald Reagan, as well as two businessmen who ran for the presidency, Ross Perot and Steve Forbes.
Although primarily associated with the Republican Party, Wanniski also had a close connection to the Democrats Bill Bradley
and Charles Rangel, and corresponded with President Bill Clinton.
Correspondence series forms the bulk of the Wanniski papers. Routine correspondence is organized chronologically, followed by more significant
correspondence, arranged alphabetically by name. Along with the political figures already mentioned, there are significant
exchanges of letters between Wanniski and various policymakers and officials, including Alan Greenspan, Paul Volcker, Donald
Rumsfeld, and James Baker. This series also includes Wanniski's substantial correspondence with the Nation of Islam leader,
Louis Farrakhan. Wanniski's association with Farrakhan, whom he came to view as a friend and political ally, proved to be
There is also an
Email messages series in the papers. Dating from late in Wanniski's career, a number of these messages are available as searchable PDF files
that can be viewed on a workstation computer in the reading room. There are also printouts of some messages in the papers
themselves. In both cases, certain recipients are identified only by email address and salutation rather than full name.
Political consulting file in the papers is comprised of memoranda sent to Bob Dole and Jack Kemp, as well as a number of speeches written by Wanniski
for others. The
Speeches and writings series includes the manuscripts of his books, The Way the World Works and The Last Race of the 20th Century, as well as numerous
examples of Wanniski's work as a journalist and his record as a public speaker. In addition to numerous pieces on economics,
there are also many speeches and writings devoted to issues of foreign policy. By the end of his life, Wanniski had become
a sharp critic of American military intervention in Iraq and elsewhere.
Wanniski's professional life is documented in the
Subject file of the papers, which includes materials relating to his work as a consultant in Puerto Rico and the Russian Federation.
The collection is arranged into seven series: Biographical File, Correspondence, Email Messages, Speeches and Writings, Political
Consulting File, Writings by Others, and Subject File.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
United States--Economic policy.
United States--Politics and government.