Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Bureaucracy in America

Featured image I have been threatening for a few years now to write a book with the title Bureaucracy in America, which would attempt to do for our administrative state what Tocqueville’s Democracy in America did in the 19th century—explain the deeper cultural and philosophical aspects of the practice of American democracy. For it is Tocqueville who offers the preface to a serious reconsideration of our administrative state today, in his famous »

Speaking of Leading Hate Groups . . .

Featured image Scott has rightly nominated the demagogic hucksters at the Southern Poverty Law Center as our leading hate group, but the SPLC certainly has a lot of competition from other liberals who want the title for themselves. Start with the organizers of the gay pride parade in Chicago over the weekend who expelled a Jewish gay pride group because their Star of David pride flag (see left) is “oppressive.” As William »

Seattle Discovers Gravity Is Not Socially Constructed

Featured image Well not quite gravity, but close enough for post-modernist work. You know how liberals like to attach taxes on cigarettes so we’ll buy fewer of them, and on alcohol so we’ll drink less, etc? Funny, though, how the basic lesson of supply and demand and price sensitivity falls by the wayside when it comes to the minimum wage. We’ve commented on this invincible ignorance repeatedly (such as here, here, here, »

Persecution and the Art of Cake Baking

Featured image I’m on the road today, departing shortly on a flight to Munich, and then connecting on to Bulgaria tomorrow (long story—I’ll try to post updates when I get internet access), but I’m keeping an eye out for Supreme Court news, especially the hoped-for retirement announcement of Justice Kennedy. One announcement from the Court today is important: they are taking up the appeal of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, which had »

The Next Liberal Lamentation

Featured image What’s the most hated Supreme Court decision on the left of the last few years? Why, Citizens United, of course, which leftists blame for just about every bad imaginable. Aggrieved leftists often compare it to the Dred Scott decision—seriously, they do. So if Justice Anthony Kennedy announces his retirement from the Court tomorrow, can we expect to see liberal headlines saying, “Left Celebrates as Author of Modern ‘Dred Scott’ Decision »

California Dreaming

Featured image Sadly for those of us hoping California would go full commie as an object lesson for the rest of the nation, the state legislature has shelved the proposed $400 billion single-payer health care bill. Democrats are naturally blaming Trump, because the scheme would require a bunch of waivers from the Administration to go into effect, but the real reason is that it’s a total lunatic idea, and there a just »

The Week in Pictures: Toxic Democrats Edition

Featured image I haven’t seen Democrats this dispirited since. . . yesterday. And I haven’t seen Democrats this angry since. . . also yesterday. They lost a special election because the rubes in Georgia just won’t recognize their nobility (though to their credit a few Democrats have openly admitted that their brand is “toxic”), and their complaints that a proposal to control health care spending is going to kill literally millions is a »

Loose Ends (27) [with comment by Paul]

Featured image • I haven’t had a chance to look at anything pertaining to the Senate health care bill, but as Avik Roy is one of my primo go-to guys for health care policy, this tweet is enough to satisfy me: • The House Republican Campaign Committee has put out this short post-GA6 special election victory lap video that makes for fun viewing: But as Glenn Reynolds advises, don’t get cocky. November 2018 »

Come See the Museum of Cluelessness

Featured image I’m currently undercover deep behind enemy lines in Marin County, CA, with what you might call Energy Seal Team Six (see photo at the bottom), though come to think of it, you can tell how bad California is by reflecting that by crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin County, you’ve actually traveled into a jurisdiction that is less insane than the other side of the bridge. Anyway, I was »

Dialogue for Me, But Not for Thee

Featured image The Daily Bulletin newspaper (based in Ontario, CA) reported yesterday that six students at Claremont McKenna College are facing disciplinary proceedings for their role in disrupting Heather Mac Donald’s appearance back in April—perhaps resulting in expulsion and, in the case of three students who just graduated, having their degrees revoked. It appears that even CMC’s spineless president Hiram Chodosh has come to perceive that he needs to do something to get »

When No Politics Is Local

Featured image Scott and Paul have admirably covered the waterfront of the Ossoff-Handel race yesterday, which Handel won Handel-y. There is one further angle to ponder, however: the decisive end of the era of “all politics is local” theory of House races.  “All politics is local” is the slogan of the late Tip O’Neill, the Democratic Speaker of the House back in the Reagan era, and it reflected his view, and long-time »

Civil War on the Left, Part 41: Democrats and Immigration

Featured image Peter Beinart, a smart center-left writer once affiliated with The New Republic before it went crazy, nowadays is at The Atlantic, and he has a barn-burner of an essay out today on the subject, “How the Democrats Lost Their Way on Immigration.” It is a long article, but very much worth reading the whole thing. The point is, Beinart honestly confronts the craven partisan political calculation behind the liberal line »

Black Monday for the Climatistas

Featured image Most climatistas are going to call today “Black Monday,” because today has dealt a double-whammy of what Al Gore would call inconvenient news. • First, an article out today in Nature Geoscience ponders the problem of why observed temperatures in the troposphere are not matching up with what the climate models have predicted. The lead author, Ben Santer, is one of the leading climatistas, so this article can’t be written »

A Father’s Day Idyll, or, Picnic at Mud Creek

Featured image I decided to spend Father’s Day on an audacious outing. If you follow west coast news, you may know that some millions of tons of earth slid into the ocean along the famous Hwy. 1 area at Mud Creek south of Big Sur (and about 30 miles north of where I live) on May 20, burying the highway and closing the south end of the road. The north end was »

Green Weenie of the Century: The Global Climate Treaties

Featured image As I have mentioned before, the most satisfying thing about Trump withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord is not that he did it, but that he did it in a way that maximized the outrage from the climatistas and their media toadies. It was a dial-it-to-eleven reprise of the outrage of when President George W. Bush took us out of the Kyoto Protocol, which was the previous treaty that would »

The Week in Pictures: Civil War Edition

Featured image There’s been a vigorous debate going on about whether our political divisions can or should be described as a genuine “civil war” as opposed to just a “culture war” or merely “hyperpolarization.” James Hodgkinson’s heinous act this week argues for the full on civil war characterization. But does the left really want open warfare in America? For all their talk of “fighting in the streets,” they might want to think »

The Rot at Evergreen in Seven Minutes

Featured image Michael Moynihan ventured to Evergreen State College for Vice News and produced this seven-minute video that is all you need to see to grasp how fully the place has fallen into the nihilist abyss (as if you needed persuading). Language warning (as if you didn’t know that). But do stick around for the antidote below! »