Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Power Line Beats the NY Times—Again

Featured image Remember two days ago when I advanced the outrageous proposition that greenhouse gas emissions will fall faster under President Trump than they would have under Madam President Hillary? Yes, I was partly trolling the climatistas, but there is a serious point that much climate policy posing is unserious, counter-productive, and beside the point. Well guess who has caught up with Power Line? Today’s New York Times! Trump’s Climate Policies May »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: Say What?

Featured image Now that the dust is finally settling on the election (except for the Jill Stein recount dustup), we can get back to our regular Monday spotlight on random acts of academic absurdity. Like the following article from the journal Human Relations, which seems designed to make any intelligible relation between a human reader and the text impossible: Gender as multiplicity: Desire, displacement, difference and dispersion Stephen Linstead, University of York, »

Donald Trump, Climate Warrior?

Featured image The climatistas just can’t help themselves. Amidst the wailing and gnashing of teeth on the left since Trump’s triumph, the environmentalists have wailed the loudest. We’re doomed! One climatista, University of Arizona emeritus professor Guy McPherson, is predicting that humans will go extinct in just ten more years: The University of Arizona emeritus professor says in 10 years, humans will cease to exist. Abrupt rises in temperature have us on course »

Moral Imbecile Sweepstakes Goes to Overtime

Featured image I thought it would be impossible to top the moral turpitude of Justin Trudeau, Jean-Claude Juncker, and Jesse Jackson yesterday, but I underestimated the capacities of The Nation, where Greg Grandin submits his entry for the prize: Castro almost outlasted 11 US presidents. . . Perhaps he just couldn’t bear the thought of President Donald Trump. Having been sanctimoniously lectured by all 11 US presidents on what constitutes proper democratic procedure, he »

News for DC Readers

Featured image For our DC area readers, I’ll be back in Washington Tuesday afternoon participating in a conference about the election and its aftermath at the National Press Club, sponsored by my host organization at Berkeley, the Institute of Governmental Studies. Here’s the link with the complete rundown of people on the panels, and the EventBrite link to RSVP if you want to attend this free event. I’m pretty sure there will »

Moral Imbecile of the Week (Updated)

Featured image It’s not even noon yet out here on the Left Coast, and while the competition is very keen to see who can make the greatest fool of himself fawning over Fidel Castro, I think we can declare a winner already in the sweepstakes for Greatest Moral Imbecile of the Week. First runner up is Justin Trudeau, the current nincompoop running Canada. Here’s his complete statement: The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, »

Stick This in Your Pipeline

Featured image The next radical environmental tactic is now evident for eyes to see: block all infrastructure projects—especially oil and gas pipelines—with criminal trespass and obstruction. Having killed the Keystone pipeline (only temporarily, now that Trump is going to approve it once he takes office), the red-greenies are trying to stop the Dakota Access pipeline that has received all of its regulatory permits. Naturally environmentalists have to lie about the whole matter, »

The Week in Pictures: Black Friday/Saturday Edition

Featured image Isn’t “Black Friday” racist? Or consumerist? Or something politically incorrect? Of course it is. I don’t know exactly why, but there must be some reason. Anyway, the hangover from the election must be setting a new hangover record—well beyond the imagination of the most enthusiastic St. Patrick’s Day reveler. Which is saying something. Me: I spent Black Friday at the beach, and am going to spend Black Saturday at wineries. »

Wheels Within Wheels

Featured image My initial thought on election night when the anemic John Podesta came to the Javits Center to tell the “I’m With Her” faithful to go home was that the Clinton camp was huddled preparing to challenge the results of the election in several close states. There are a few reports, not yet substantiated, that Hillary was in a rage and not physically able to come to the Javits Center herself. »

Videos of the Week: Just Because

Featured image We’ve debated for a long time whether to supplement our Saturday Week in Pictures with a weekly offering of the best videos that have popped up in the ether, but generally demurred for the simple reason that it takes a lot more time to us to review videos than photos (we have the Saturday photo gallery down to an assembly line science by this point; in fact don’t tell Trump »

Thanksgiving Day in Pictures

Featured image Because by Saturday all the good Thanksgiving Day memes will be as cold and stale as today’s leftovers. So to start with, here’s how my crystal clear day on the Left Coast began–with a short palate-cleansing run, and popovers (I’ll append updates as I get the rotisserie going for the bird later on): And finally. . . »

Liberals Are Losing Their Minds

Featured image A couple days ago I wandered into the Berkeley Bowl Market, which is where upscale hippiedom of Berkeley shops for its fair-trade kale and such. Oh, my! The experience does not disappoint. The people watching was even better than the Whole Foods in Boulder, which was the size of a Home Depot. One of these days I’ll take a hidden video camera for some candid shots. Maybe I’ll wear a »

Civil War on the Left, Part 32

Featured image The Trump Era is going to be great for watching the Civil War on the LeftTM (and hence this investment advice: buy long popcorn futures). Today’s exhibit is the reaction to Mark Lilla’s New York Times article from last weekend, “The End of Identity Liberalism,” in which Lilla, a professor of the humanities at Columbia University and a self-identified liberal, actually says some sensible things: But how should this diversity shape »

Got Dem Post-Election Blues?

Featured image The liberal freakout over the election is likely to turn into at least a four-year Broadway show (apparently Broadway is the only safe space for liberalism right now, to read the paranoid rantings of the mononoids of the left). Here’s the latest communication from The Nation, with my comments in brackets: Dear Friend of The Nation, A country in which a presidential candidate with a lead of almost 2 million votes »

No Splitters

Featured image Before the election I was saying that one interesting thing to watch, especially if Trump lost as most of the polls forecast, is whether we’d see a return to split-ticket voting of the kind we used to see in the 1970s and 1980s. Several Republican Senate candidates distanced themselves from Trump with mixed results (like Toomey in PA and Ayotte in NH), while some House candidates in swingier districts campaigned »

Cracks Among the Culturati?

Featured image “Politics is downstream from culture,” Andrew Breitbart liked to argue, and given the near-monopoly of the left on America’s cultural scene (Hamilton hecklers anyone?), the ballot box is the only place where the American people get to fight back. So it is worth taking in instances when the cultural world seems to get it, like this sketch on Saturday Night Live last night about the liberal “bubble.” Just 2:20 long »

Liberals Having Second Thoughts?

Featured image Yes, I know, for liberals to have any second thoughts requires that they had some first thoughts. (Rim shot!) There are a few liberal thought leaders, like Mark Lilla and Damon Linker, who are honestly confronting the destructive dead-end of the identity politics that is now the core desideratum of the Democratic Party. But there is a déjà vu all over again quality to some of these ruminations. Take, for »