Author Archives: Steven Hayward

NY Times Notices Disturbance in the Force

Featured image In my new book, which you may possibly have heard about, I include the deliberate provocation that Strauss-inspired political scientists are the most formidable and serious people in the academy today. Although I can defend this proposition, I plopped this out as an assertion, imagining the howls of indignation that might ensue among anyone who caught this sentence. This is preface to noting that twice in the last few weeks »

Man Bites Dog at Stanford

Featured image I’ve mentioned before that I wonder whether job placement ads for college presidents and senior administrators include the proviso, “spinal removal required.” Because college administrators and administration are a larger part of the problem in higher education today that leftist faculty: administrators crumple before every demand of identity-politics pressure groups. Hence it is remarkable to see the Stanford News article “The Threat from Within” yesterday from its former provost, John »

Shhh: No One Tell Michelle About The Socialist Diet Plan

Featured image Obesity is said to be the pre-eminent public health problem in America right now, which is  probably one more reason liberals prefer socialism, and always want to enact legislation regulating our diets. (I predict the school version will be called the “No Child Left With a Big Behind Act.”) To wit, this news: Venezuela: 75% of population lost 19 pounds amid crisis Venezuela’s Living Conditions Survey found that nearly 75 »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: “Designated Unfunniness”?

Featured image I dare you: take in the first sentence of this abstract appearing in the academic journal Comedy Studies (because of course there is such a journal) and just try to keep a straight face: Pretty funny: Manifesting a normatively sexy female comic body Hannah Ballou Abstract This article proposes that the heteronormatively sexy female comic body can derive or enhance its comic proposal via the incongruity of its designated unfunniness. Performances »

The New Republic Finally Loses Its Mind

Featured image The New Republic has been on a long downhill slide from its days when it presented a vigorous, thoughtful liberalism that made each issue must-reading for anyone who wanted to follow serious political argument. TNR was known as the “in-flight magazine of Air Force One” during Bill Clinton’s presidency, for example. But I doubt if even Arianna Huffington would want to display it on her private jet these days. Exhibit »

Gorsuch and Finnis, the Sequel

Featured image As you may recall, I predicted here a couple weeks ago that Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Ph.D study with Oxford’s renowned John Finnis would arouse the left, and I was not disappointed! Enter The Guardian: Oxford scholar who was mentor to Neil Gorsuch compared gay sex to bestiality Now, before going into the copy, may I observe that from the headline alone, it isn’t certain whether The Guardian means this as »

Green Weenies, Forever

Featured image The Standing Rock/Dakota Access Pipeline protesters are becoming the Meryl Streep of leftist protests, winning multiple awards for Worst Performance in a So-Called Protest. We awarded them a coveted Power Line Green Weenie a couple weeks ago for leaving so much trash around that it had become an environmental threat to the very same river they claimed to be trying to protect. The story deepens.  Here’s the latest from The »

The Week in Pictures: Media Meltdown Edition

Featured image The mainstream news media simply does not know what to do with a president who openly expresses what all presidents privately think, which is that the media is a contemptible bunch. But even worse: Trump won’t play by the media’s rules. He calls on non-certified media outlets, like Townhall and Christian Broadcasting, that probably have larger audiences than CBS or CNN. OMG! Impeach him now! Headline of the week—hope it »

So Much Patriotism!

Featured image Patriotism may not be enough, but there’s so much patriotism right now that people are going to get tired of all the patriotism! In any case, Jim Bohannon had me back for an encore turn on his Westwood One radio network show last night, and here’s an MP3 recording of it (Correction/update: I had somehow omitted the first segment in the file I posted before, so here’s an additional file of »

Nuclear Revival Hits Another Pothole

Featured image Japan’s electronics giant Toshiba is on the verge of bankruptcy, and the Financial Times is reporting that this is attributable to Toshiba’s decision to go big into a revival of nuclear power through its acquisition of Westinghouse: In a humiliating setback for a conglomerate that had only recently touted its nuclear business as a core growth driver, Toshiba said it would pull out of constructing new plants overseas and focus »

Loose Ends (16)

Featured image Someone joked recently that Trump years are going to seem like dog years: he’s been in office only a bit more than three weeks, but it already seems like two years. So there’s a lot to comment on, but time is short this week. So a couple of brief observations: • Funny that the news media is suddenly reporting assiduously about Russian spy ships and “fishing trawlers” near our coastal »

Fake Science Gets Smoked—and What It Means for Climate Change

Featured image Cast your mind back to the late 1990s, when trial lawyers and state attorneys general were after the tobacco companies for what resulted in the “Master Settlement Agreement” by which the tobacco companies agreed to pay tribute of billions of dollars to the states for decades to come in exchange for relief from the uncertainty of endless private and public litigation. I think it was a great deal for Big »

No Vote Fraud, Eh?

Featured image Democrats hotly deny there is any vote fraud taking place in American elections. Funny that only Democrats seem sensitive about this charge. The asymmetry of outrage suggests something, I think. Once upon a time, Chicago Democrats justified their shenanigans by charging that downstate Illinois Republicans stole votes, too. And maybe they did. Consider this note from our friend Roger Beckett, executive director of the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University in »

Now Is the Time for All Good Power Line Readers. . . (Updated)

Featured image Have I mentioned before that I have a new book coming out? I can’t remember. Just in case I haven’t: Patriotism Is Not Enough will be officially published next week, on February 21, but Amazon is already shipping it starting yesterday, which means you could have your copy by Thursday! And if every Power Line reader orders a copy, it will make the best-seller list, and I might just be tempted »

Our Fascist Moment—and Theirs

Featured image All of this talk from the left of Trump being a fascist is so much twaddle—or projection, since the left tacitly approves of Mussolini’s version of it (“Everything inside the state; nothing outside the state”). But even if there was some truth to the idea, liberals—or at least liberal academics—would be the last to figure it out. How do I know this? Because I’ve checked the academic literature on Hitler »

The M-E-C Freakout Continues

Featured image The Media Entertainment Complex (MEC) is going all in to destroy Trump on behalf of the Democratic Party. I wonder how liberals would react if Saturday Night Live did a sexist sketch like the one last night about Elizabeth Warren (preferably in full native American regalia) instead of Kelly Anne Conway: Paul has already noted the ruckus over the supposed ethics violation of Kelly Anne suggesting on air that people »

The Gorsuch Confirmation and the Finnis Connection

Featured image I haven’t had time to weigh in yet on the Gorsuch nomination to the Supreme Court, so it is time to catch up. In addition to having a law degree from Harvard, it is notable that Gorsuch also took a leave from his lucrative law practice to attend Oxford University to earn a Ph.D under the direction of John Finnis. Never heard of John Finnis? I predict you will in »