Author Archives: Joe Malchow

Recovery Over; Was It Good for You?

Featured image Is it possible that the U.S. economic recovery is currently, at this very moment, moving at the fastest pace at which it will ever move? The BEA GDP growth figure for 2Q13 was +1.7%, meaning that the United States economy grew 0.425% over that period. That is about half of what we might like. Bill Gross at PIMCO, among others, has been advancing the proposition that this low-or-no growth is »

Pop Quiz: Does the U.S. have fast internet because of regulation, or in spite of regulation?

Featured image One of the crazy things that you have to believe when you are a liberal is that you can correctly predict which technologies are in need of regulation by the federal government. You will frequently get this wrong in a somewhat inoffensive fashion–see seatbelts, which are potentially idiotic; and airbags, which came along a few years later and are brilliant–causing little more than annoyance and higher prices for companies and »

The Underloved Reginald Heber

Featured image Reginald Heber was from 1823 to 1826, when he died prematurely at age 42, the Anglican Church’s Bishop of Calcutta. He was also a more or less superb lyricist. Although he wrote the “Holy, Holy, Holy” still used on certain days in the Anglican rite, most of his poetic output has been–I don’t want to say lost to the ages, because nothing has been lost. What has happened is that »

Friedrich Engels Was an Entitled Jerk

Featured image Prussian louse Friedrich Engels, you probably recall from an ornery high school history teacher pining for his resurrection, was one of the fathers of communism. That’s a common way to describe Engels, but it’s even more accurate when you recall that Engels bankrolled the perpetually financially floundering Karl Marx. They did co-author The Communist Manifesto together, but the relationship seemed, more or less, to be one in which Engels constantly »

This is the Best Thing that Ever Happened to Reza Aslan

Featured image Thin-frame glasses owner Reza Aslan needs to stock up on Kiehl’s silk groom, because there are a lot of serious photo shoots on the schedule and that just-roughed-up-by-Fox News look does not just happen by itself. Readers may recall the internet clip in which a Fox reporter interviewed Aslan about his new volume, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. The line of argument was: You hew personally »

The Saddest Chart: Young Americans Are Simply Dropping Out

Featured image How might we describe, in general terms, American young adulthood? For anyone inclined to despair of humanity’s future in the postwar period, Americans 25 to 35 have proved the great savior. In Greece, they’re eating mother’s moussaka. In France, they are in les rues wearing tight t-shirts and protesting unfair tuition prices. In Russia, they are drunk. In America, they’re working incredibly hard to get ahead. As though ahead were »

We Built This!

Featured image Just kidding. Power Line wouldn’t exist without the Government Internet upon which it is transmitted and the Government Roads we drive on to buy our Government MacBooks and consequently our true and deepest thanks belong to the Public Servants who moved upon the waters to create this amazing American system of spontaneous centralized capital bestowal. But we’re nevertheless grateful also to you, our readers. We haven’t boasted much, but more »

A certain voodoo priest

Featured image As the election nears, beware zombies. That’s the lesson from Bob Hope in the 1940 film The Ghost Breakers. Herewith, perhaps the greatest line from a movie of all time. But one wonders: who is the voodoo priest? »

Open Thread Friday at Power Line!

Featured image Ever since we launched the latest version of Power Line, we’ve been extremely pleased to see a bustling community of readers filling our pages with comments and debate. We also are aware of a certain degree of, ahem, trolling going on–but we’ve decided that the specter of our witty readers going to battle against trolls resembled something like Thermopylae, with the result that we’ve allowed you to go about your »

Postcard from the Island of Individual Mandates

Featured image Readers may be aware that Pope Benedict made a visit to Cuba last week. It was the first pontifical visit to that island nation since 1998, when John Paul II visited and prompted Fidel Castro to relax his government’s imaginary grip on the faiths of its people. Since the Communist revolution in 1959, Cuba has been officially atheist. It’s just one example, in a place full of them, of an »

On the sidewalks of New York

Featured image All morning, New York police and firefighters–who in their regalia blues were today’s de facto hosts–and families and friends of victims gathered downtown for the tenth remembrance of the 9/11 attacks. It took place under the shadow of the new and rising 1 World Trade Center. Here are some images from today. »

Scenes from Irene

Featured image Irene has passed Washington, D.C., which is as far west of New York as it is south, and therefore only ever saw the storm’s liminal rain and winds. (This was enough to cause blackouts for millions of homes in the suburbs–including Steven Hayward’s–but so far as I can tell, proper D.C. never once lost electricity. It must have been the President’s slick subterranean hurricane command center, its electronic eye draping »

Bush Administration: Right After All! Again.

The Emily Litella Presidency continues: The Obama administration insists it has no obligation to provide access to a top secret document in a [warrantless] wiretapping case, setting up a showdown next week with the judge who ordered it released. … The judge has ordered department lawyers to appear before his court Wednesday to make the case why he should not award damages to the now-defunct Oregon chapter of the Al-Haramain »

Hamas H.Q. Bombed; Power Line, too

Talk about disproportionate response. Just an hour or so after Power Line posted a series of videos from the Israeli Defense Forces–videos that, as Scott discovered, YouTube had pulled–we experienced a Denial-of-Service attack from a cabal of a half-dozen servers in the U.S. The attack sought to make Power Line and the videos we are hosting inaccessible by overloading our server. Our data center promptly registered the attack, and then »

IDF Videos — See Them Here

This morning, Scott noted that the Israeli Defense Force had set up a YouTube channel to which it uploaded videos of the fighting in Gaza, but YouTube deleted some of the videos. With the assistance of Noah Pollak, we’ve obtained the videos and will be posting them this afternoon. This one shows Hamas members loading Grad missiles into a truck, just prior to being on the receiving end of a »

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What, after all, is our motive for reading a dead philosopher’s words about another dead philosopher who never wrote anything himself? This is a way of asking a popular question, Why do history of philosophy? –which has no settled answer. Our study of some of our philosophical predecessors is intrinsically valuable, one might reply, philosophically enlightening and satisfying. When we contemplate the words of a dead philosopher, a philosopher with »

Power Line, Out of Pocket

To judge by the e-mail traffic the new face of Power Line has met with your approval. Splendid. But many readers have been chiming in to note that they cannot read PL on their BlackBerries, cellular phones, PDAs, and what-have-you. Clearly this will not do. So we have created a special mobile edition of Power Line suitable for reading on portable devices like BlackBerries. Simply go to, or click »