Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Clintons Already Planning Next Stage of Corruption

Featured image Geez—Hillary Clinton hasn’t even won the election yet, and the Clintons are already planning to cheat on their promise to “scale back” the Clinton Foundation. From the Wall Street Journal this morning: The Clinton Foundation is considering exceptions to its plan to stop accepting corporate and foreign donations and reduce family involvement as a way to insulate Hillary Clinton from potential conflicts of interest if elected president. . . While »

And Now For Something Completely Different

Featured image As longtime readers of Power Line know, I spent the 2013-14 academic year as an inmate at the University of Colorado at Boulder, which actually was a splendid time because it is so easy to torment liberals. As I explained in my account of the year in National Review last year, “I loved to tell liberal audiences that conservatives wholly approve of the Boulder greenbelt because it makes the quarantine »

Social Work, Anti-Social Ideology

Featured image Schools and departments of “social work” tend to be the most ideological and politicized at universities today, so when the faculty of a department of social work complains about political correctness, you know things have gone too far. But that’s exactly what has happened at Smith College, as reported a few days ago in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Leaked Faculty Letters Expose Racial Fault Lines at Smith’s Social-Work School »

Addlebrained Academic of the Week: Pharaonic What?

Featured image Of course there’s an academic journal called Violence Against Women (since 1995!), and it offers gems such as this: Pharaonic Circumcision Under Patriarchy and Breast Augmentation Under Phallocentric Capitalism: Similarities and Differences Tamar Diana Wilson, University of Missouri-St. Louis Abstract In this article, the author discusses the similarities and differences between Pharaonic circumcision and reinfibulation and breast augmentation under systems of male dominance and female subordination. Despite the medical problems associated »

(Republican) Kids Say the Darndest Things…

Featured image I guess there’s still an independent conservative trying to mount a presidential bid to offer an alternative to Trump, but if you can’t even summon up his name is this for real? And is it possible any more to get on enough state ballots to make any impression at all? The impulse for either an independent or new third party is hardly new, and I’m not sure it is really »

Signs of the Times: Liberal Hypocrisy in 2016

Featured image The left has a simple refrain about Trump: he’s an authoritarian fascist, provoking violence and lawlessness. Why is it, then, that it is only Trump signs that are being vandalized, as this CNN report explains: For that matter, when was the last time conservatives shouted down a speaker on a college campus? Or demanded censorship of speech or a “safe space”? As we’ve noted before, if liberals didn’t have double »

The Constitution: What Is It Good For?

Featured image I got to spend the week before last with the summer honors students of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), and if you’re interested in helping counter the rot of higher education, ISI should be high up on your charitable donation list. My lecture topic was devoted to explaining why the idea of a “living Constitution” is so crucial to modern liberalism and so dangerous to our liberties and free institutions. »

The Terrorists Are Winning

Featured image You will readily recall that after 9/11 we were exhorted to go on with our daily lives because otherwise, “the terrorists win.” It was decent advice in the sense that it allowed us both to mock and defy the terrorists. My favorite was the New Yorker cartoon that showed two guys at the bar: “If I don’t drink this martini, the terrorists win.” But is it such a joke any »

The Week in Pictures: Olympics Edition

Featured image If there was an Olympic medal for political mendacity, the Clintons would upstage Usain Bolts for the fastest wind-aided dissimulation. Forget the triple jump. And in Ryan Lochte we’ve either found a successor to Brian Williams at NBC News, or President Hillary’s perfect press spokesman. And finally, the part of this job I hate the most. . . »

The Nation’s Political Pilgrims, Iran Edition

Featured image If The Nation magazine’s special “curated” tour of the Soviet Union Russia isn’t enough for you, why they have another trip to an America-hating country that may be perfect: Iran! Join The Nation as we travel to Iran for an educational excursion curated for a very limited delegation of Nation readers and supporters. Undoubtedly, this trip will offer a rare opportunity to experience the people, politics, culture, and history of a country that has »

Democrats Explained

Featured image I didn’t think anyone could make sense of Democrats, but the good folks at Bad Lip Reading have done it: »

Hillary’s Splendid Deception?

Featured image We know that the Clintons are world-class deceivers and liars, but one thing they have always been able to count on is for conservatives to overreach with their attacks, sometimes lurching into conspiracy theories more suitable for Lyndon LaRouche. So Hillary had Vince Foster murdered, Bill Clinton ran drugs from the Mena airport, snorted coke from Kim Khardashian’s derriere, partied regularly with Bill Cosby, and cheated relentlessly on his . »

Target Removes the Bullseye?

Featured image Target ostentatiously jumped on the transgender bathroom bandwagon very early, but customer backlash has led it to a significant about face: Target Adds Private Bathrooms to Quell Transgender Debate: Follows customer protests of its restroom policy on transgender individuals Target Corp. said it will spend $20 million to add a private bathroom to each of its stores by next year, after customer protests of its policy allowing transgender individuals to use whichever restroom »

Jean Edward Smith’s Burning Bush

Featured image I’m not going to read Jean Edward Smith’s new biography of George W. Bush for three reasons, one of them coming directly from Smith himself. Smith, the acclaimed biographer of John Marshall, Lucius Clay, and Dwight Eisenhower, once advised me: “Never write a biography of a living person.” He gave lots of good reasons for this counsel, many of which can be easily surmised. I was a little surprised, therefore, »

A Cynical Look at the Olympics

Featured image I haven’t been taking in much of the Rio Olympics. Actually I’ve found the Olympics much less interesting ever since the Cold War ended, since the principal drama of the Olympics back in those days was the heavy ideological subtext, which yielded the parlor game of anticipating the preposterous scores of the East German judges, and guessing which East German women athletes were really men, which only meant those progressive »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: Feminist Chemistry?

Featured image Did you know there is an International Journal for Philosophy of Chemistry? Neither did I, but of course it exists, for there really is no crazy identity politics “intersection” that doesn’t have its own journal read by dozens. The IJPC recently offered up a two-part article on “Gender in the Substance of Chemistry,” by Agnes Kovacs, who you will be unsurprised to learn is a professor of gender studies at »

Your Hillary Hillarity for the Day

Featured image A reader sends along the following joke making the rounds on the interwebs, and it’s too good not to share with all of our readers: THE CLOCK A man died and went to Heaven. As he stood in front of the Pearly Gates, he saw a huge wall of clocks behind him. He asked, “What are all those clocks for?” St. Peter answered, “Those are Lie-Clocks. Everyone who has ever »