Author Archives: Steven Hayward

In Lieu of a Podcast

Featured image Last night Jim Bohannon kindly spent an hour with me on his national radio show on the Westwood One radio network talking about a certain forthcoming book, which I know everyone has pre-ordered. Jim is jumping the gun a little bit, since the book doesn’t come out for another month yet, and he used my old affiliation at Pepperdine University, but I didn’t want to spend scarce radio time correcting »

The Week in Pictures: Transition Edition

Featured image Do you realize that by the time the next Week in Pictures gallery is posted, Barack Obama will be an ex-president? Woo-hoo! (That is unless Rosie O’Donnell indeed persuades Obama to declare martial law.) I recall the Reagan transition in 1980-81 very well, but this one has been even more fun to watch. Buckle up: there isn’t enough WD-40 in our universe to keep the unhinged left from squeaking. And »

Who Reads Power Line?

Featured image Ronna Burger, that’s who. Ronna is professor of philosophy at Tulane University, and author of several fine books, including one that Scott highlighted here once (though I can’t find his post in our archives), Aristotle’s Dialogue with Socrates. Ronna and I are at a three-day secret meeting in Claremont with several people much much more important than we are, conspiring about . . . wait! I almost blew it there. »

Remy: The Ballad of Ikea

Featured image New, from the great Remy Munasifi, the perfect ballad for that most horrible of consumer excursions, the trip to Ikea, where the misery really starts after you pay and leave the store. For I am convinced that “Ikea” means “self-torture” in Swedfinorgian, or whatever Nordic language it comes from. »

Trump the Dinosaur?

Featured image Calling Trump a “dinosaur” is probably one of the milder insults you can make of him, and it’s certainly several steps down from flesh-eating Nazi devil. Still, much of the video below is pretty funny—and is part of my thesis that without Hollywood, Trump would likely not have won. No wonder Meryl Streep is apoplectic. (8 minutes long.) »

The Genius of Donald Trump?

Featured image I don’t think we’ll ever quite get to the core of Donald Trump, but he sure is fun to watch. Has anything ever felt better than watching him thump on CNN yesterday in the most sublime moment of his press conference? After, take note, praising the New York Times for avoiding the scurrilous and surely fake “Company Intelligence Report”? Divide and conquer! I am sure the NY Times editorial page »

Feel Good Story of the Day

Featured image I’m not sure whether it is wise to admit this to Power Line readers, but I once had lunch with George Soros in his office in New York, at his invitation. (It was . . . interesting.) And I also think some of his initiatives in eastern Europe after the collapse of the Soviet empire in the early 1990s through his Open Society Institute were actually laudatory and helpful to »

Science Proves Conservative Superiority Once Again [With Comment By John]

Featured image The memes comparing conservative women and liberal women, like this one, have been around for a long time: But now science has weighed in on the question. The Washington Post (!) reports: Conservatives really are better looking, research says By Ana Swanson A recently published study in the Journal of Public Economics concludes that the attractiveness of a candidate does correlate with their politics. They find that politicians on the right are more »

A Trump Agenda for Day One

Featured image I see in the news that Trump is already planning to do what I was going to recommend be his first act on January 20: Restoring the Churchill bust to the Oval Office. But I have two other things still on my list that I haven’t seen mentioned anywhere yet. The second thing Trump should do is sign a directive withholding all U.S. funds currently appropriated for the United Nations. »


Featured image Yesterday, I was reminded late last night, was the second anniversary of the passing of Harry Jaffa and Walter Berns, and I suppose it is a bit crass to use a sad occasion as an opportunity to plug my forthcoming book about these two great men (just a month to publication date now), but then publishers are even more craven than writers when it comes to promotion, so I thought »

Fake News Jumps Fake Shark

Featured image Everyone knows the shark Fonzie jumped way back when was fake, right? So what do you get when fake news jumps the fake shark? You get the kind of stories about Trump that we’re seeing right now. First, Gizmodo runs a story about how the awful and evil Trump transition team is dismissing the people who run the National Nuclear Security Administration: Between the Trump transition team’s infighting, incompetence, and high-profile resignations, any decisions »

Civil War on the Left, Part 34

Featured image Trump is very lucky in his enemies. Now they’re giving us some real girl-on-girl action, as reported today in the Carlos Slim Times: Women’s March on Washington Opens Contentious Dialogues About Race By Farah Stockman Many thousands of women are expected to converge on the nation’s capital for the Women’s March on Washington the day after Donald J. Trump’s inauguration. Jennifer Willis no longer plans to be one of them. Ms. Willis, a »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: Pronoun Riot

Featured image So this morning I thought I’d have a little fun on Twitter with this mirthful suggestion: Well guess what? Teachers’ union urges schools to host drag shows, use ‘comrade’ instead of ‘boy’ and ‘girl’ EDMONTON, Alberta, November 4, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Parental rights advocates are up in arms over a just released Alberta teachers’ union resource to help teachers discuss LGBTQ issues that recommends staging “drag” shows in schools, referring to students »

Green Weenie of the Week: Eric Holthaus

Featured image Another week, another pile of Green Weenie Award prospects. But we have an early winner. Eric Holthaus, an environmental stenographer who calls himself a “reporter” (don’t worry—I’ve never heard of him either), posted up a 15-part Tweetstorm a few days ago about how depressed he is about climate change, which prompted him to seek therapy.   A sensible counselor might have suggested Holthaus find a better line of work. I »

White Hot Rage of the Left [With Pedagogical Comment by John]

Featured image I’ve been reading a lot of Roger Scruton’s work lately (long article to come), and was struck by one of his typically acute summary statements about today’s academic left in Fools, Frauds, and Firebrands, which is that “they make fury respectable, and gobbledegook the mark of academic success.” This came to mind in coming across this story in The Telegraph today: University students demand philosophers such as Plato and Kant are removed »

Emperor’s New Clothes Moment on Meet The Press

Featured image CNBC’s Rick Santelli committed the unpardonable sin on NBC’s “Meet the Press” this morning. He called out Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell for their pro-Hillary bias in the most direct and embarrassing way possible. Mitchell and host Chuck Todd didn’t like it one bit to get called out by one of their own, so they stamped their feet, insisted that the media emperor is too wearing a fine suit of »

Bureaucracy in the Age of Trump

Featured image Who knows just how the clash between the Trump Administration and career bureaucrats will play out, but for the time being we have the great Dan Mitchell to thank for bringing our attention to this splendid video from someone in Latin America, where bureaucracy is a fine art (just 3:30 long): »